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Varda by Agnès: A Heartbreaking Journey Through an Incomparable Career

The leitmotif of Agnès Varda’s career over the last twenty years has been recycling. Whether it’s potatoes or French architecture, there’s been attention paid in Varda’s more contemporaneous work to the place and...

Why Lulu Wang’s ‘The Farewell’ is the most honest story about family of recent memory​

It is a rare thing to create a story that feels so achingly honest that it burrows into your very soul and, without remorse, rips your heart out to also be based upon a lie. And yet, that is exactly what Lulu Wang did with what is one of the best films of not just 2019 but of the decade.

Bull in a China Shop: The Fragile Masculinity of Jake LaMotta

Martin Scorcese’s Raging Bull (1980) opens with Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro) at the height of his boxing career—agile, practically unbeatable and alone in the ring. The audience is then shown an older,...

Black Christmas: A Modern Twist that Misses the Mark on a Classic Tale

There is nothing scarier than being alone at night: especially if you are a woman. To up the ante, Black Christmas (2019) gives us the image of a woman alone at night on a college...

Happy Birthday – movie review

A brilliantly executed family drama amidst the chaos and comedy of a family reunion

Todd Haynes’ Superstar: A Case for the Queer Music Biopic

As of December 2019, the soundtrack for 2018’s controversial Bohemian Rhapsody still holds water on the Billboard 200. This year’s Rocketman, already a popular contender for the 2020 awards season, sold similarly well...