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  • Take the Strangeness Away: On Signs and War of the Worlds

    by - Aug 11, 2020
    When the sky blackens, and the distant trembling of thunder overwhelms the white noise of cars, buses, and scuttling pedestrians, instinct tells us to seek refuge, to go home. But what if there’s no escape? Nowhere...
  • The Dark End of the Street

    by - Aug 11, 2020
    Kevin Tran’s “The Dark End of the Street” is a warm, modest film all around—its ambitions, filmmaking, and especially pacing. It seeks to have the stillness of a night in some random suburb (in this case,...
  • Let It Run Its Course: Amy Seimetz on She Dies Tomorrow

    by - Aug 10, 2020
    When there’s no tomorrow, every second counts. “She Dies Tomorrow” follows Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil) as she prepares for her future—or lack thereof—convinced she’s going to die tomorrow. Her friend Jane (Jane Adams) visits her, and...
  • Why Aliens is Even Better Than Alien

    by - Aug 10, 2020
    James Cameron’s “Aliens” (1986) is rightfully regarded as one of the greatest follow-ups in film history. Even though it shares several elements with its predecessor, comparing them feels like a case of apples and oranges. Ridley...
  • The Grizzlies

    by - Aug 8, 2020
    It isn’t unusual for me to check a film’s end credits to find the name of an actor whose performance strikes me as exceptional. I also enjoy tracking my favorite actors across different roles. But it is...
  • Finding My #HappyPlace #UntamedJoy

    by - Aug 8, 2020
    Today my world was filled with fragrant flowers, lush green grass and towering shade trees, gently flowing streams, soft breezes caressing my face through the rays of a beaming sun, sweet soul music played by a...
  • Catching Up with Quibi

    by - Aug 7, 2020
    A couple months after its launch, the story of Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new streaming platform, has not exactly been a promising one. Coming in much lower on subscribers than expected, Katzenberg blamed the soft launch on...
  • Two Cultures Constantly at Odds: Gabe Polsky on Red Penguins

    by - Aug 7, 2020
    Gabe Polsky as a filmmaker is continuing to prove adept at illuminating life’s inherent mysteries and enigmas. He produced Werner Herzog’s wildly entertaining “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” and Douglas McGrath’s Emmy-nominated documentary “His Way” before...
  • Crying for Justice: Jayro Bustamante on La Llorona

    by - Aug 6, 2020
    Popular across the Americas, the centuries-old myth of a jilted woman’s weeping spirit has been repurposed with sociopolitical stakes in the stunning, genre-bending Guatemalan film “La Llorona.” For his third feature (following “Ixcanul” and “Temblores”), acclaimed...
  • Star Trek Universe Expands with the Slight Lower Decks

    by - Aug 6, 2020
    CBS All Access’ commitment to the world of “Star Trek” continues with “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” the first animated series affiliated with Gene Roddenberry’s IP since the short-lived “Star Trek: The Animated Series” in the 1970s....