Room 237

Advertisements A movie, freed from the shackles of auteurism, has a life of its own. It exists as a text of its own, influencing the lives of others in ways the original author may not have intended, or even imagined. We would…

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The Shining

Advertisements There is a certain generation of directors whose filmography would span genres and they would use their unique voice to tell all sorts of stories with equal parts respect and creativity. Every director would have a checklist of their genre films,…

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The Hate U Give

Advertisements The Hate U Give, directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by Audrey Wells, is a powerful and emotionally mature discussion about police brutality disguised as a teen film. It reveals its intentions in its name, a reference to a Tupac…

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Baby Driver

Advertisements Edgar Wright is one of my favorite directors. I adore his films for their mastery of both verbal and non-verbal humor conveyed through visuals. On top of being laugh-out-loud funny, his comedies can withstand the most rigorous rewatches (I lost count…

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Yi Yi

Advertisements Yi Yi , or 一一, means “one by one” in Chinese. In writer/director Edward Yang’s 2000 slice-of-life drama, the story follows the Jiangs and their extended family. After one day, the matriarch of the family had mysteriously fallen unconscious, and the…

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Madeline’s Madeline

Advertisements About three-fourths of the way through Madeline’s Madeline, Josephine Decker’s explosive, performance-art-inspired new film, I found myself thinking one simple thought: “Actors are insane.” I believe it occurred to me during a sequence where the central character, Madeline (portrayed by a…

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Crazy Rich Asians

Advertisements Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) is a self-made woman born to a poor single-parent family. Through hard work, she became an economics professor at NYU and one of the youngest faculty of the university. One day, after the end of a lecture,…

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Mile 22

Advertisements WARNING: This review contains a minor spoiler. Mile 22 is an action film starring Mark Wahlberg, directed by Peter Berg. From that sentence alone, you’re bound to have some expectations. The fourth outing for the pair after Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon…

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Big Fish & Begonia

After scoring big at the Chinese box office, this ambitious film hit Western shores with little fanfare, but animation fans should not be sleeping on it.…

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