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Lovers Rock | Steve McQueen

With Lovers Rock, McQueen mostly turns down his directorial affectations and let’s the film’s beauty and joy act as guide.  Steve McQueen has always been a fine purveyor of potentially rich and powerful narratives, but he’s been much less consistent as their steward. His first…

November 27, 2020
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by Ayeen Forootan Film Streaming Scene

Happiest Season | Clea DuVall

Happiest Season is trite, platitude-heavy Christmas offering that fails on nearly every front. Five years ago, when Todd Haynes’ Carol hit theaters, a moment was marked in which the worlds of queer cinema and the Christmas film were twined. In fairness, Carol wasn’t exactly a mainstream flick wholly…

November 25, 2020
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Before We Vanish by Ayeen Forootan Film

Zappa | Alex Winter

Much like the iconoclast at the center of this doc, Zappa is singular, uncompromising, and riveting. Whether you appreciate Frank Zappa’s work, few would deny the massive impact he had on contemporary art music. The musician, who died relatively young after a terminal battle with…

November 24, 2020
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Before We Vanish by Matthew Lucas Film

Monsoon | Hong Khaou

Monsoon is a poetic, aching work that details both the reclamation and awakening of one man’s lost identity.  The alienation of a Vietnamese expatriate named Kit (Henry Golding), who returns to his ancestral home after a lifetime spent in Britain, is at the core of…

November 24, 2020
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