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A QUIET PLACE: A HEART TO LOVE, AND COURAGE TO MAKE IT KNOWN

Against a backdrop of civilisational collapse, John Krasinski’s passion project reflects upon the permanent things underlying our shared lives

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THE PEOPLE’S ART: WAKALIWOOD AND THE ACTION MOVIE AS A DEMOCRATISED WORKING-CLASS EXPRESSION

Crazy World, the newest film from Uganda’s Wakaliwood studio, entrenches them as one of the most exciting loci of contemporary cinema

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

Céline Sciamma’s film blends art and ecstasy and reaches towards utopia

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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