REVIEW: Harmful Stereotypes Are Alive and Well in ‘Papi Chulo’ (2018)

“Refuses to delve deeper than the surface.” In sunny Los Angeles, Sean (Matt Bomer) is a conventionally attractive upper middle-class gay weather man, who has everything going for him until he has a mental breakdown on live television after a supposed breakup. His coworkers, Ash (Wendy McLendon-Covey) and Susan (D’Arcy Carden) are incredibly supportive; they…

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REVIEW: ‘Mickey and the Bear’ (2019) is More Than a Coming of Age Film

“A coming of age film for girls who had to grow up too fast.” In a country that claims to care so much for its war veterans, there are so few resources dedicated to their mental health and recovery, not to mention their economic status. Mickey Peck (Camila Marrone), the daughter and caretaker of Hank…

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REVIEW: Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Kinetta’ (2005) is a Messy Look into the Early Greek Weird Wave

A refreshing reminder that it is okay to have an extremely limited budget or to throw ideas at the wall and see what sticks.

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NYFF REVIEW: ‘Beanpole’ (2019) Shines a Light on Postwar Female Solidarity and Anguish

“Masterful direction paired with spontaneous moments of brilliant vulnerability lead to a mortal examination of the female experience that never feels cloying or objectifying.” Iya (Viktoria Miroshnichenko) is a nurse who suffers from post-concussion syndrome and PTSD caused by her time as a soldier at the front lines of the war. This results in fits…

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NYFF REVIEW: “The Only Thing Spookier Than the Undead is the White Male Gaze” – ‘Zombi Child’ (2019)

“Seeing the girls as larger, abstract ideas instead of as human beings weighs down the overall film.” In 1960s Haiti, a man named Clairvius Narcisse was said to have been poisoned and brought back from the dead as a zombie in order to be put to work as a slave on a plantation by a…

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NYFF REVIEW: “A reason to cry over spilled milk” – First Cow (2019)

“Their world feels real, making room for the friendship to feel real too.” In order to survive in a world ruled by colonialist American dreamer greed, is there any room for genuine kindness and friendship? Is scamming the only way to scrape by if you were not born directly into the top ranks? In 1820s…

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REVIEW: “Confronting the Sins of the Father” – Ad Astra (2019)

“A portrait of what it means to confront your relationship with your parents in order to liberate yourself from the fear of becoming them.” When we first meet astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), he passes his daily psychological evaluation with flying colors – his heart rate is normal, he is sleeping well, no bad dreams.…

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