REVIEW: ‘Shining Girls’ Is An Ambitious Crime Drama That Misses The Mark

“‘Shining Girls’ is an eight-episode series that promises to build up an intense story of a serial killer, but the non-linear structure becomes uneven and clunky.”

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REVIEW: ‘Russian Doll’ (Season 2) is a Fast-Paced Trip Through Time and Trauma

“The show is compulsively entertaining and addictive in the sense that it has a way of leaving room for future possibilities of more stories down the line.”

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REVIEW: ‘The Power of the Dog’ (2021) Evokes Unspoken Desires and the Meaning of Masculinity

“‘The Power of the Dog’ is Jane Campion’s first feature in more than ten years. It’s menacing and mysterious in its narrative, and presents itself to reveal something truly spectacular.”

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LAAPFF 2021 REVIEW: ‘The Girl Who Left Home’ (2020) is a Heartwarming Musical Where Conflicts are Left Unresolved

“‘The Girl Who Left Home’ teaches the values of loving children unconditionally and pushing loved ones to pursue something they want to do.”

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LAAPFF 2021 REVIEW: ‘Blush’ (2021) Adds Layers of Emotional Grief and Brings Catharsis

“‘Blush’ is a spectacular and wondrous animated short film, and one of the best of the year. It gravitates and pushes the boundaries of animation, and narratively shows how personal stories are essential in the art of animation.”

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REVIEW: ‘Surge’ (2021) Expresses the Tensions of a Repetitive Society

“‘Surge’ is honest, and just like its title, the movie rushes and pours the emotions of a man that wants to be set free of the mundane world that he lives in into the mental and physical uneasiness of his perspective.” Aneil Karia’s directorial debut Surge (2021) explores the repetitiveness of a homogenous society while…

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Nostalgia, Toxic Masculinity, and Geek Culture in ‘Stranger Things’

While incorporating pop culture references, Stranger Things is a case study of the different hyper-masculine and nerd characters that are portrayed on the show.

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