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by Steven Warner Film Horizon Line

Shithouse | Cooper Raiff

Shithouse marks a promising debut from writer-director Cooper Raiff, effectively capturing the awkwardness and insecurity of the collegiate experience. One’s reaction to the coming-of-age dramedy Shithouse will likely depend on how one relates to its central protagonist, Alex (writer-director Cooper Raiff), a white, middle-class,…

October 16, 2020
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by Daniel Gorman Film Horizon Line

Possessor | Brandon Cronenberg

Possessor is an artfully ultra-violent and surprisingly empathetic mash-up of futuristic and retro genre influences. In Brandon Cronenberg’s debut film Antiviral, there’s a line of dialogue that sticks out as a kind of poetic koan to his sensibility; a salesman specializing in pushing celebrities’ viral contagions…

October 3, 2020
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by Steven Warner Film Horizon Line

Ava | Tate Taylor

Ava is a generic, poorly-shot, and utterly pointless entry into the female assassin subgenre. Tate Taylor must be the most charming man in the world. There’s no other explanation for why he continues to be gifted cinematic canvases upon which to exhibit his hackneyed “talents”…

September 24, 2020
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by Daniel Gorman Film Horizon Line

About Endlessness | Roy Andersson

About Endlessness is a gentler than usual work from Roy Andersson, one that reflects humanity’s ability to create both great beauty and profound suffering. Those complaining that Wes Anderson’s movies all look the same have clearly never encountered the work of Roy Andersson. Over the…

September 18, 2020
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by Steven Warner Film Horizon Line

The Nest | Sean Durkin

The Nest is a deeply obvious, under-cooked attempt at horror-flecked domestic portraiture. The Nest, writer-director Sean Durkin’s long-awaited follow-up to his remarkably assured debut feature, 2011’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, utilizes the genre trappings of horror to present the portrait of a marriage on the…

September 15, 2020
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by Evan Morgan Film Horizon Line

Sibyl | Justine Triet

Sibyl is a film that feels richer at the margins than at the center, largely by design and to its credit.  Victoria, Justine Triet’s last film, opens with Virginie Efira curled up on a couch asking her therapist where, exactly, her life became unstuck. Efira occupies…

September 9, 2020
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