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Jacob Musick

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Suburbicon: a Shakespearean tragedy

If other films that I have seen this week fit more or less comfortably into some grand archetype - The Shape of Water is...

Downsizing and the end of the world

Downsizing is a science fiction about the end of the world, but none of the images conjured by that phrase apply here. In fact,...
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Jackie: A Life in Tragedy

Jackie is the story of Jacqueline Kennedy, as told by Jacqueline Kennedy, in the wake of her husband’s death and funeral. I’m still not...
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Voyage of Time, The Universe in 1.5 hours or less

"Mother," the disembodied voice of Cate Blanchett intoned, twenty minutes into this newest offering from Terrence Malick, followed by a significant pause, then "Born,"...

Piuma: Sometimes we grow up

Piuma is a moving story about life, life in all it’s drama and comedy: Italian life. I loved it. Blu Yoshimi and Luigi Fedele play...

Hacksaw Ridge: A true story made cliché

The true story behind Hacksaw Ridge is incredible. Private Desmond T. Doss saved the lives of many men in the devastating WWII battle for...

The Young Pope: What? Why?

This review comes with a caveat. Unlike everything else I have or will see at the festival, this was not a completed work. It...

Nocturnal Animals: A Road Trip through Despair

I found myself thinking, "ok, calm down. This is only a story. It's a novel that Susan is reading. The characters are not real."...

Arrival: Terrible publicity for a commanding role

The marketing for Arrival is deceptive, and in this case I am happy to say it. If you’ve only seen the trailer, you’d expect...
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La La Land: A how-to guide to make singing in public seem normal

I have just, a few minutes ago, stepped out of the second public showing of Damien Chazelle's La La Land, and it is gorgeous....