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Enemies of the State | Sonia Kennebeck

Produced by genius documentarian and foremost interviewer of American war criminals, Errol Morris, Sonia Kennebeck’s Enemies of the State comes marked with a certain air of importance.  As Morris is the closest thing nonfiction cinema has to a household name (Morgan Spurlock excepted), his…

September 19, 2020
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by Chris Mello Film

Jallikattu | Lijo Jose Pellissery

A barrage of cuts set to the metronome of a ticking clock fragments the daily routine in and around a meat market in the opening moments of Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Jallikattu, suggesting that the film to follow might be an overwhelming sensory experience. But…

September 16, 2019
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by Chris Mello Film

III | Kevin Phillips

With the distinct air of an artist desperate to cobble together a personal story out of some old rusty parts, III is a film absolutely devoid of inspiration that nevertheless spills over with aspiration. Ever since Beyoncé dropped Lemonade, pairing an album release with…

September 11, 2019
by Chris Mello Film Streaming Scene

Hail Satan? | Penny Lane

The Satanists in Hail Satan? don’t actually worship the devil, but it’d be a lot cooler if they did. Instead of ritualistic blood sacrifices and black magick, the Satanic Temple has set its sights on doing political and social good. When a statue of the Ten…

September 3, 2019
by Chris Mello Film Streaming Scene

 Fugue | Agniszka Smoczynska

Agniszka Smoczynska’s The Lure was not, by most metrics, a hit, but it wasn’t a failure either; it made a small amount of money in its theatrical run, garnered positive critical notices, and eventually found its way to a place in the Criterion Collection’s catalog.…

April 29, 2019
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