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Time | Garrett Bradley

Garrett Bradley opts for vague generality rather than the specific and personal, robbing Time of some of its implicit power. From the western to the road movie, the legacy of the climactic homecoming looms large in American cinema, which is everywhere peopled by vagrants and…

October 9, 2020
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by Lawrence Garcia Film

Atarrabi and Mikelats | Eugène Green

A late-blooming filmmaker with admirably catholic interests, increasingly Catholic tendencies, and a rather revanchist reputation, Eugène Green, not unlike Éric Rohmer before him, is concerned with questions of modernity. Following a lilting prefatory journey from bustling tourist center to bucolic Basque country, his latest,…

October 3, 2020
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by Lawrence Garcia Film

Fauna | Nicolás Pereda

Fauna, Mexican-Canadian director Nicolás Pereda’s ninth feature, begins with that most familiar of low-budget indie-film setups: a pair of artists (actors in this case), Paco (Francisco Barreiro) and Luisa (Luisa Pardo), take to the road together for a weekend trip. But the film soon…

September 28, 2020
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by Lawrence Garcia Film

Summer of 85 | François Ozon

The trailer for Summer of 85, the latest from Cannes perennial François Ozon, makes the film look something like Call Me By Your Name (2017) transposed to the crime-thriller key of René Clément’s Purple Noon (1960) — a fairly intriguing proposition in itself. When…

September 17, 2020
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by Lawrence Garcia Film

Nomadland | Chloe Zhao

Having just taken the top prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Nomadland begins its journey towards Oscar gold. That’s admittedly a flip assessment of a film that takes to the fringes of American life: Adapted from Jessica Bruder’s non-fiction work of the same…

September 14, 2020
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