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Review: The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 2)

The first 10 minutes of episode one of season two of the Emmy-winning series are among the most harrowing I’ve ever seen on television. As Kate Bush’s “Woman’s Work” plays, discarded handmaids are led into a rundown Fenway Park to a scaffold of hangman’s nooses. “You shall feel the pain of his judgement, for that is his love” exclaims Aunt …

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2018 Berlin Film Festival Review: Malgorzata Szumowska’s masterful and uncompromising ‘Mug’ (‘Twarz’)

Synopsis: Story of the first Polish citizen to undergo a face transplant. Malgorzata Szumowska’s MUG is a fascinating, unflinching and dark look at Polish society today. Never exploitative, melodramatic or weepy, Szumowska delivers what is one of the best films of the Berlinale this year, a film that’s as brutal as LOVELESS in its harsh critique of Polish society and …

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2018 Berlin Film Festival Review: ‘Museum’ (‘Museo’) is a great testament to Latin American cinema

Synopsis: Two young men decide to carry out a daring museum heist in Mexico. But things are never straightforward as they seem – neither before or even after the heist. One of the biggest surprises of the Berlinale official competition, Alonso Ruizpalacios’s MUSEUM is a knockout. Offering much more than a traditional heist film, this is smart and effective storytelling …

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