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From LFF: The Radical Normalcy of Pete Murimi’s ‘I Am Samuel’

Shot vérité style (improvisation and observation-focused) over the course of five years, Murimi opts for short, understated shots of daily life imbued with the intimacy of a home movie.

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‘The Boys in the Band’: A Successful Remake of a Timeless Gay Classic

In “The Boys in the Band,” seven gay friends throw a boozy birthday party, where a party game reveals the deep anxieties and hardships they have faced on account of their sexualities.

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‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things' Ends Poorly, but Thinks Big

“I’m Thinking Of Ending Things”(2020) takes the simple story of meeting-the-parents and makes everything go odd.

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A (Not-so) Socially-Distant Network: A Retrospective

Since its release in 2010, David Fincher’s “The Social Network” has developed into a cornerstone of the public perception of entrepreneurship and a unique look into the founding of Facebook.

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‘In the Mood for Love’ Dazzles with Nuanced Emotional Sensibility

“In the Mood for Love,” popularly considered Wong’s magnum opus, details the emotional subtleties and private revelations of the connection between secretary Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) and journalist Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai).


What’s New on Netflix: October 2020

Just like the leaves, Netflix’s collection of films will be gradually changing this month: The streaming platform has a plethora of new content that will be made available for its subscribers this October.

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'Tenet' is Gripping and Action Packed

From the compelling characters to the intricate cinematography, the breathless pace, and the ingenuitive time travel concept, "Tenet" is a gripping action adventure experience.

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From NYFF: ‘Beginning’ Undermines Powerful Concepts with Glacial Pacing

While “Beginning” hardly treads new thematic ground, it is remarkable in how it conveys them; by leaving the camera as a stubbornly static participant, "Beginning" matches the entrapment of its central character with the entrapment of what viewers see on screen.

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From NYFF: ‘The Truffle Hunters’ is a Tale of Two Cities

“The Truffle Hunters” is a film about how elite sellers have managed to prop up a multi-million dollar industry that sells exclusively to the world’s crème de la crème by exploiting small town elderly truffle hunters in the Northern Italian countryside.

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‘Smooth Talk’: 1985’s Bittersweet Coming of Age Story Remains Resonant in 2020

With Laura Dern’s multifaceted performance at its forefront, “Smooth Talk” is a realistic portrait of family dynamics and a compelling look at the expectations imposed upon teenage girls as they come of age.

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From NYFF: 'Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue' Explores Resilience in the Face of Change

In his latest film, the documentary “Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue,” famed Chinese director Jia Zhang-Ke (“Still Life” and “Ash is Purest White”) stitches together multiple accounts of the transformation of day-to-day life in the face of the Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976.

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From NYFF: ‘The Woman Who Ran’ is a Head Scratcher

Instead, acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo (credited here with the Herculean task of serving as writer, director, producer, editor, and composer) creates a film that, while far from a clear read, uses well composed cinematography and earnest character conversations to push multiple thematic interpretations.

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'The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Preview: Sorkin’s Next Big Hit

Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, "The Trial of the Chicago 7" portrays the violence of the protest that occurred in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the court proceedings of those accused of inciting it.

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‘The Devil All the Time’ Is Full of Talent, But Lacks Substance

While the “The Devil All the Time” brims with talent, from mastered southern drawls to chilling sociopathic expressions, the unsympathetic characters and disjointed plot cripple the film’s potential to offer anything more than a long sequence of gratuitous violence and melodrama.

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From NYFF: ‘Night of the Kings’ is Hallucinatory

Some films can conjure images so lurid and so hypnotic that they simulate the feeling of dreaming. “Night of the Kings,” written and directed by Philippe Lacôte, is one of those films.