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'Uncut Gems' Is an Embarrassment of Riches

Adam Sandler's career-defining performance in the Safdie Brothers' Uncut Gems is a gritty thrill ride into the psyche of an adrenaline junky.


The Brilliant 'Midsommar' Is a Haunting Reflection on Love's Perversity

Director Ari Aster's uncompromising artistic vision in Midsommar creates a singular viewing experience of horror, beauty, and bafflement.


Gentrification Blues: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails on 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco'

Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails talk about their tribute to the old San Francisco -- before tech moved in -- in their moving feature debut, The Last Black Man in San Francisco.

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Joanna Hogg's 'The Souvenir' Is a Defiantly Autobiographical Domestic Drama

Director Joanna Hogg sheds nuanced light on a dysfunctional relationship similar to one of her own in The Souvenir.


Claire Denis Goes for Broke with Hallucinatory Space Thriller, 'High Life'

High Life is more a series of tensions and breaking points than it is a traditionally satisfying space narrative, but Denis's allegiance to directors like Tarkovsky and Kubrick offers an intriguing view of humanity at the gates of the final frontier.


Claire Denis's Splendid 'High Life' Engages and Repulses

In existential nightmare, High Life, Claire Denis explores the darkest intersection between outer space and the human psyche.


The Rich Humanism of Sebastián Lelio's 'Gloria Bell'

For those curious about what awaits them on the other side of youth, writer-director Sebastián Lelio's indie drama Gloria Bell offers an unflinching glimpse at some unforgiving terrain.


Julianne Moore Anchors Sebastián Lelio's Striking 'Gloria Bell'

Sebastián Lelio's fascination with womanhood and desire have culminated in Gloria Bell, with actor Julianne Moore tailor-made to its particular kind of searching melancholy.


Social Media and Identity Formation in Bo Burnham’s Film, 'Eighth Grade'

Rather than moralize, critique, or make grandiose statements about "digital natives", writer-director-wunderkind Bo Burnham brilliantly visualizes what it means to live in a world in which social media is omnipresent.


'Eighth Grade' and the Act of Disappearing in Plain Sight, Online

Bo Burnham's big-hearted, emotional tidal wave of a movie shows how the look-at-me / leave-me-alone contradictions of adolescence, powered by social media, are cranked up to 11.


Cinema Is Anti-Spiritual: Interview with 'First Reformed' Director Paul Schrader

First Reformed may explore the edges of faith but director Paul Schrader believes that what moves us in cinema is no mystery: it's simply "action and empathy".

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