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by Luke Gorham Film Streaming Scene

Beginning | Dea Kulumbegashvili

Beginning emerges from the influence of obvious formal antecedents to become a stirring, singular work from a new cinematic worth following. On its surface, Dea Kulumbegashvili’s debut, Beginning, immediately recalls Carlos Reygadas’s Silent Light. It’s an obvious connection, as both films are set within cloistered…

January 29, 2021
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by Lawrence Garcia Film Streaming Scene

A Family Tour | Ying Liang

There is potential potency to the character work in A Family Tour, but the flat direction renders nearly every scene frustratingly inert. There’s no shortage of justified anger in Ying Liang’s semi-autobiographical A Family Tour. In following up 2012’s When Night Falls, the film that…

December 9, 2020
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by Matt McCracken Film Streaming Scene

Matthias & Maxime | Xavier Dolan

Dolan’s latest intrigues in deviating from the director’s familiar mode, but its busyness never fully distills into any cogent statement.  Matthias & Maxime, the 2019 Cannes competition nominee and most recent film of Canadian actor-director-producer-writer-editor Xavier Dolan, will be familiar fare to those who…

August 31, 2020
by Alex Engquist Film Streaming Scene

The Grand Bizarre | Jodie Mack

The first feature-length work from avant-garde filmmaker/animator/composer Jodie Mack defies easy categorization. The Grand Bizarre is a sort of musical (like her Yard Work Is Hard Work and Dusty Stacks of Mom) in that Mack’s rhythmic editing is synchronized with her original synth-pop score,…

April 9, 2020
by Lawrence Garcia Film Streaming Scene

Yara | Abbas Fahdel

Set in the remote valley of Qadishi, in Northern Lebanon, Abbas Fahdel’s Yara is a limited, if verdant vision of quotidian life. Centered on an orphaned teen girl (Michelle Wehbe) — the title character — who lives with her grandmother, the film observes a…

August 28, 2019
by Matt McCracken Film Streaming Scene

Season of the Devil | Lav Diaz

The latest film from Filipino director Lav Diaz to make it to US streaming services is the almost four-hour long, politically charged, a cappella musical Season of the Devil — a film that is, per the director himself, “about motherfuckers like Donald Trump.” A…

August 21, 2019
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