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Never Rarely: Autumn in New York

You don’t know what you’ve been missing until it’s in front of you. This year was shaping up to be a historic year for...

Portrait of a Lady: Hint from Héloïse

Today’s film-school term is “male gaze.” Developed in the 1970s by British film theorist Laura Mulvey, this idea holds that movies are made from...

Swallow: Choking Hazard

Swallow is the first outing as a solo feature filmmaker for writer-director Carlo Mirabella-Davis (who co-directed the documentary The Swell Season), and I'm not...

Emma.: Make Me a Match

A few months ago, I mused about how new generations have new versions of Little Women to pick over. Why not do the same...

Traitor: Deep Six Mafia

I’ve always admired informants. A lot of people don’t. They call them rats and stool pigeons. They say “snitches get stitches.” It’s true, many...

Invisible Man: Evidence of Things Not Seen

In 1932, Rouben Mamoulian adapted Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde into a film. Robert Louis Stevenson’s science-fiction novel had already been made into at...

Seberg: Jean in a Bottle

At the tail end of last year, Seberg was given a pro forma release in New York to make it eligible for the Oscars....

The Lodge: Dead Snow

Five years ago, the filmmaking team of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz captured the world’s attention with Goodnight Mommy, a horror movie they made...

Marriage Story: Split

Oh, Noah Baumbach, you magnificent bastard. This highly literate filmmaker often writes about scabrous divorces, and you’d be hard pressed to find one more...

Irishman: Made Man

In the end, The Irishman’s winless fate at the Oscars was probably down to a surfeit of woe-is-me tales about aging white guys like...