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Manchester By The Sea (Lonergan, 2016)

Well structured and novelistic, a Dostoevskien tragedy conveying self-isolation and effacement in face of of a life disarmingly out of harmony, where thoughts and actions misalign and communication barriers forge rifts between self and others. Deftly handled and extraordinarily sensitive … Continue reading

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Arrival: On Intuition, Language, and A Great Film’s Greatest Failure (Villeneuve, 2016)

In spite of dropping the inimitable Roger Deakins (Prisoners–a masterpiece–, Sicario), Canada’s leading Studio director, Denis Villeneuve, has crafted a film of bracing visual detail and innovation, using primarily push ins, pull outs, and overexposure in producing haunting images of the … Continue reading

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Birth of a Nation (Parker, 2016)

A digressive narrative dilutes the film’s sensitivity to its subject matter, rendering instead moments of presumed emotional gravitas. This is where emotional manipulation trumps sensible storytelling. Overall rather well shot and paced besides its ventures into pseudo surrealism. 63/100 – Decent.

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