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  • CIFF 2021- “Hit the Road” Is the Best Directorial Debut of the Year: Film Capsule Review

    CIFF 2021- “Hit the Road” Is the Best Directorial Debut of the Year: Film Capsule Review

    Move aside Green Book! Panah Panahi’s Hit the Road is the most emotionally-impactful road trip films of recent memory and quite possibly the best directorial debut of the year. A slightly mysterious family road trip across the rugged Iranian landscape proves to be fertile ground for heart, humor, and pangs of sorrow. The extreme wide, […]

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  • Siân Heder’s “CODA”: Film Review

    Siân Heder’s “CODA”: Film Review

    CODA is the acronym for a Child of Deaf Adults. Yet the film’s title is also a label that Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) has carried around all her life. Ever since she learned how to talk, Ruby has been translating for her parents and brother. For Ruby, CODA is a scarlet letter; a burden that prevents […]

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  • Meghan Leon & Bradford Baruh’s “Night Drive”: Film Review

    Meghan Leon & Bradford Baruh’s “Night Drive”: Film Review

    Every ride-share driver has their share of peculiar fares, but Russell’s (AJ Bowen) in Night Drive may just take the cake. What begins as just another lonely Christmas night driving for Jaunt (an Uber like app), slowly descends into intrigue and suspense when his latest passenger, Charlotte (Sophie Dalah), takes him off the pitiful path […]

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  • Quoc Bao Tran’s “The Paper Tigers”: Film Review

    Quoc Bao Tran’s “The Paper Tigers”: Film Review

    The term “paper tiger” is meant to describe someone or something that appears to be powerful on the surface, but is inwardly weak. It also fittingly describes the state of Hollywood’s action output, putting blinding spectacle over passionate craftsmanship. That’s why it’s incredibly ironic that a film titled The Paper Tigers is literally the inverse […]

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  • James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad”: Film Review

    James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad”: Film Review

    As science fiction began to gain in popularity in the 50s and 60s, writers and directors used the genre’s conventions to speak about the uncertain state of a world embroiled in a Cold War. Films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Day the Earth Stood Still used the concept of extraterrestrials as allegories […]

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  • Michael Sarnoski’s “Pig”: Film Review

    Michael Sarnoski’s “Pig”: Film Review

    Over a lifetime, the average person eats 35 tons of food, or roughly 89 thousand total meals. Almost all of those meals are eaten without much thought or appreciation. The food is consumed nearly as fast as it took to make it. Yet sometimes, you have a meal like Amir’s (Alex Wolff) parents did in […]

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  • Kirk DeMicco & Brandon Jeffords’ “Vivo”: Film Review

    Kirk DeMicco & Brandon Jeffords’ “Vivo”: Film Review

    In 2015, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s historical rap musical Hamilton took the world by storm. Seemingly overnight, Miranda became one of the most in-demand songwriters in show business. Yet, while his work on Moana and Mary Poppins Returns, among others, kept him in the limelight, it never captured the same magic that his breakout musical did. That […]

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  • Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater”: Film Review

    Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater”: Film Review

    On paper, Stillwater seems almost bound to fail. The film focuses on Matt Damon, who plays Bill Baker, an Oklahoman ‘Murica man who travels to France to clear his convicted daughter’s (Allison’s) name and finds himself in the process. It’s part slow burn crime drama, part romance, and part fish out of water comedy; all […]

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  • Augustine Frizzell’s “Last Letter From Your Lover”: Film Review

    Augustine Frizzell’s “Last Letter From Your Lover”: Film Review

    In the modern age where love can feel as fleeting as a swipe right, The Last Letter From Your Lover shows how artifacts of passion from the past can transcend time and change the future. The film alternates between two timelines: An illicit love affair between Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley) the wife of a successful […]

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  • Robert Schwentke’s “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins”: Film Review

    Robert Schwentke’s “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins”: Film Review

    There are several brief moments in Snake Eyes where the audience is able to see the incredible talents of stunt coordinator Kenji Tanigaki. Tanigaki has an ability to bring a fantastical element to even the simplest of fight sequences, perhaps best demonstrated in the Rurouni Kenshin series. His work in this G.I. Joe origin story […]

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  • Wyatt Rockefeller’s “Settlers”: Film Review

    Wyatt Rockefeller’s “Settlers”: Film Review

    In the 1800s, the American West was considered the last frontier of human exploration. All that changed in 1969 when the crew from Apollo 11 landed on the moon. After that moment, space has since been considered to be the final frontier. What happens though once space has been discovered and colonized like the West […]

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