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BEYOND THE GAZE: THE RADICAL DESIRE OF PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

Céline Sciamma’s film depicts the agony and the ecstasy of lesbian desire

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THE ANXIETY OF INFLUENCE & THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES, ANALOGOUS TO OUR CULTURAL MOMENT

A western that speaks to our current culture wars torn between the charismatic, problematic past and the ambitious, revisionist present

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FAIRY-TALE FEMINISM: RECALLING FEMALE AGENCY IN THE SWAN PRINCESS

Sabotaged and overshadowed by a resurgent Disney Animation, this forgotten fairy-tale empowered at least one person

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WHAT I HATE, THAT I DO: THOUGHTS ON WOBBLE PALACE

Technology and inner life collide—and unite—in Eugene Kotlyarenko’s Wobble Palace

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AGEING AT THE MOVIES: THE IRISHMAN, WELCOME TO MARWEN & THE MULE

Do the Old Guard of American filmmakers have anything left to say? More than most, it turns out

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THE ECLIPSE OF A FACE: ON ZOEY DEUTCH & BEFORE I FALL

Faces tell us what we need to know in Ry Russo-Young’s Before I Fall (2017)

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LIGHT VERSUS DARK: TRUTH & TRANSCENDENCE IN TRUE DETECTIVE

Delving deep into the hidden psychology, theology, and philosophy of a unique Southern Gothic serial

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A TOUCH OF ZEN & VIOLENCE: ON THE FANTASY OF CLIFF BOOTH

As moral panic around fantasy violence flares up, Quentin Tarantino argues for a philosophy of cathartic, ethical screen violence via the charisma of Brad Pitt

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“THY SHALL BEAR WITNESS!” A CASE FOR THE CONTINUED ADMIRATION OF SILENT CINEMA

In a time of overwhelming and oppressive “realism” on screen, it’s worth looking back at the creative virtues of silent cinema

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FILM CRITICISM & THE NEW PURITANISM: A POLEMIC ON WHERE WE ARE

Cinema has maintained a liberating anti-Puritan ethos since its conception, but how long can that last in today’s febrile and sensitive culture?