Reviews

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“I Trapped the Devil” Review: An Indie Holiday Nightmare

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The sinister Christmas movie I Trapped the Devil was released on April 26, 2019, following its debut at the Imagine Film Festival. Josh Lobo wrote, directed, and edited this 80-minute seasonal horror film that centers around Steve (Scott Poythress), a paranoid man living alone who gets an unexpected visit from his brother Matt (AJ Bown)… Read more »

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“Shiva Baby” Review

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In the holy season of Passover, what could make a moviegoer feel more connected to the spirit of the season and their family traditions than a film about Jewishness, sex, family expectations, bisexuality, body image obsessions, sugar daddies, career choices, and cheating? First-time writer/director, Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby brings us an intersection of all these… Read more »

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The Vulnerability of ‘Monsters’ in “Unforgivable”

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Last April, the Human Rights Watch stated that the conditions in which El Salvador inmates live are inhumane. El Salvador’s prisons have a maximum capacity of just over 18,000 prisoners, but they are currently holding more than 38,000 individuals. Upon entering the penitentiary, you will notice thousands of individuals trickling out of cramped cells. Gang… Read more »

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The Asian-American Adolescence That Grows Within Chung’s Minari Tree

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“It grows everywhere like weeds… rich or poor, anyone can enjoy it. Minari is wonderful,” says Soonja (Youn Yuh- Jung) to her grandson David (Alan Kim). They chant “Minari Minari, wonderful wonderful,” evoking a heartfelt sense of nostalgia that can resonate with anyone who has a specific comfort food tied to their family’s lineage.

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Ma Belle, My Beauty

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An Ode to a Nuanced Existence The Sundance “Next” selection is always something to look forward to. As the name implies, these are the films that have been chosen due to their forward-thinking, boundary pushing, and are always refreshingly innovative. This selection often represents what I can look forward to as the blueprint for the… Read more »

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Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, March 4-14

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Spring is busting out all over New York City, with cinemas scheduled to open March 5 (25% capacity, 50-seat maximum). Online, Film at Lincoln Center and UniFrance are showcasing 18 new vital and vibrant examples of contemporary French filmmaking. The 26th annual edition includes new work from returning filmmakers plus six debut dramas. All 18… Read more »

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Inside of the World of Pure Imagination

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Before the viewing of We’re All Going to the World’s Fair starts, director Jane Schoenbrun instructs the audience attending the 2021 Sundance showing to get rid of our phones. Put them into the next room or throw them out the window; do anything to ensure that we aren’t tempted to pick them up during the… Read more »

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The Woman in Charge of it All

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I need to come clean. I don’t drive. The last time I was behind the steering wheel was in 2016, the day of my driving test. Needless to say, I don’t know anything about cars. I don’t care to know anything about cars and yet I just spent four straight hours glued to my screen… Read more »

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The New York Jewish Film Festival Jan. 13-26, 2021

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Sure, it was sorely disappointing not to view the 24 narrative dramas, documentaries and shorts up on the big screens at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. That’s where NYJFF, co-sponsored by The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center, shows its annual festivals. But the real loss for this viewer—an irreplaceable loss—came in not being… Read more »