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Saint Maud | Rose Glass

Saint Maud is a horror film of masterful tension and religious complication. It doesn’t take much to surmise why indie studio-of-the-moment A24 snapped up Rose Glass‘s creepy debut Saint Maud right out of the Toronto Film Festival. Pulsating as it is, this psychological horror is a masterclass…

July 28, 2020
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Before We Vanish by Calum Reed Film

Clemency | Chinonye Chukwu

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Chinonye Chukwu’s grim death row drama Clemency begins with a lethal injection gone wrong, which results in a prisoner experiencing an especially agonizing end. Dealing with the controversial issue of capital punishment, still…

December 28, 2019
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by Calum Reed Film Horizon Line

Uncut Gems | Benny & Josh Safdie

Having recently explored heroin-heavy, vagabond living in Heaven Knows What (2014) and a bank robber’s desperation in Good Time (2017), directors Benny and Josh Safdie glimpse a different class of criminal underworld in Uncut Gems, an audacious, hysterical window into the shady dealings of New York City jeweller Howard Ratner…

December 28, 2019
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by Calum Reed Film Horizon Line

Harriet | Kasi Lemmons

Ever since Eve’s Bayou, Kasi Lemmons has foregrounded the need for black adolescents to realize the importance of their influence and existence in a society fundamentally unjust to them. This specific thematic concern may situate her as uniquely qualified to tell the  story of African American…

November 30, 2019
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by Calum Reed Film Horizon Line

The Two Popes | Fernando Meirelles

Religious resentment dominates the order of service in Fernando Meirelles‘ The Two Popes, an adaptation of acclaimed screenwriter Anthony McCarten’s play about the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Commencing with the death of John Paul II and the election of his successor Joseph Ratzinger…

November 30, 2019
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