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Review: ‘Assassination Nation’

Abra, Odessa Young, Hari Nef and Suki Waterhouse appear in Assassination Nation by Sam Levinson (Courtesy of Sundance Institute) In Sam Levinson’s new film Assassination Nation, Lilly, Em, Sarah, and Bex are four teenaged high school girls so in love with themselves and obsessed with social media they ignore the world around them. Their hometown of Salem has lost its …

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Review: Madonna’s seminal concert film ‘Truth or Dare’

Madonna visits her mother’s grave in the concert film Truth or Dare “An image and a good hook can get you in the door, but something has to keep you in the room.” – Madonna From the Hamilton Club to Palladium Ballroom, New York’s twentieth century nightlife scene thrived for nearly a century.  CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City, The Mudd Club, …

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Review: Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’ (★) is the worst film of the year

Vice (Annapurna Pictures) Rarely have I seen a film that hates its audience as much as Vice does. Poised as a satire on the rise of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Adam McKay’s supremely misguided biopic is tantamount to yelling fire in a theater and then locking the doors. It isn’t just ugly, unfunny and stunningly mediocre, it’s the worst …

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Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ (★★★★)

KiKi Layne and Stephan James in If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna) Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar-winning Moonlight with another masterpiece;  a lush, visual love story and the first English-language film adaptation of James Baldwin’s work It doesn’t take long to fall in love with Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. In the film’s opening shot, a gorgeous crane movement …

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Review: Joel Edgerton’s honest and empathetic ‘Boy Erased’ (★★★½)

Joel Edgerton has crafted a compassionate family drama with extraordinary performances from Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe In Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley’s best-selling memoir of the same name, Jared, a 19-year old college student, is whisked away from his Arkansas home in the dark, early hours of the morning by his mother to 12-day gay conversion camp …

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Review: The thrilling trollmance ‘Border’ (★★★★)

Eero Milonoff and Eva Melander in Border Ali Abbasi creates the grimmest of faerie tales as two outcasts find love in a hopeless place in this wild, wonderful, surprisingly emotional drama. Tina is a border officer for a small Swedish coastal port. Eyeing passengers as they walk through customs, looking for contraband. But, Tina isn’t just looking; she can smell …

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Toronto Review: ‘Boy Erased’ (★★★½)

Joel Edgerton has crafted a compassionate family drama with extraordinary performances from Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe In Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley’s best-selling memoir of the same name, Jared, a 19-year old college student, is whisked away from his Arkansas home in the dark, early hours of the morning by his mother to 12-day gay conversion …

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