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  • Director Brett Haley's new film Hearts Beat Loud is something of a Trojan Horse. The first scenes give every indication that we're going to see a lackluster update of High Fidelity. The main character, this time named Frank (Nick...

  • 1 year ago | Film and TV

    The documentary Elián posits the story of 5-year-old Elián González, who was rescued off the coast of Florida in 1999 after attempting to leave Cuba with his mother (who drowned) — a long with its aftermath — as the birth of the 24-hour news cycle...

  • 2 years ago | Film and TV

    2017 looks like it won't be an improvement over 2016, so here are some promising films — either reviewed or previewed — to distract you in the next three months. In keeping with the pessimism most of the country is feeling, we’re also considering ...

  • So many films and TV shows have sentimentalized gangsters that the casual brutality early in Chinese writer/director Er Cheng's new film The Wasted Times comes as a relief. Mister Lu (You Ge), a mob boss in 1930s Shanghai, presents another...

  • 2 years ago | Film and TV

    The month before Fish Tank writer/director Andrea Arnold premiered her film American Honey at this year's edition of the Cannes Film Festival (where it won the Jury Prize), she spoke before an audience with director Ira Sachs a...


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