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by Luke Gorham Film Streaming Scene

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 M.G. Mailloux Film Streaming Scene

Mangrove | Steve McQueen

Mangrove too often gets lost in its dusty courtroom formula, but it at least boasts a human center that contrasts with the film’s trial spectacle. Steve McQueen has spent the last decade making films that are quite decidedly about America, creating a body of work…

November 20, 2020
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by Luke Gorham Film Horizon Line

Sound of Metal | Darius Marder

Sound of Metal is not the sonic game-changer that its marketing once suggested, but it works marginally better as a restrained, if formulaic drama.   Sound of Metal seems to believe itself to be part of some kind of sonic evolution in cinema. It isn’t. Darius Marder’s…

November 19, 2020
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by Daniel Gorman Film Streaming Scene

Nocturne | Zu Quirke

Nocturne, while imperfect and visually deficient, nonetheless represents the best yet of Amazon’s Welcome to the Blumhouse collab. Part of the second batch of Blumhouse films premiering direct-to-streaming on Amazon, Nocturne, while far from perfect, at least shows what this distribution experiment could be capable…

October 15, 2020
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by Daniel Gorman Film Streaming Scene

The Lie | Veena Sud

The Lie is a generic, inauspicious inauguration for Amazon’s Welcome to the Blumhouse collaboration.  Just in time for Halloween, uber-producer Jason Blum (and his Blumhouse Pictures) has teamed up with Amazon to release eight features directly to the commerce giant’s streaming platform. While the press…

October 6, 2020
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