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  • Jazz on a Summer's Day

    Jazz on a Summer's Day

    ★★★★★

    Every year since 1954, jazz lovers have gathered in Newport Rhode Island for the Newport Jazz Festival, with the exception of 2020 and the nine years the event was located in New York. Meanwhile, every America’s Cup yacht race from 1930 through 1983 was also held in Newport. Today, both are venerable institutions but Bert Stern’s Jazz on a Summer’s Day was filmed in 1958, when the newness and early rock ‘n’ roll energy of the festival would have stood…

  • She Dies Tomorrow

    She Dies Tomorrow

    ★★★★½

    It may only be Amy Seimetz’s second feature directorial effort but she’s been around long enough–producing, writing and acting in great movies–that she’s able to gather an all-star cast of cool kids for her thrillingly metaphysical, depressingly hilarious She Dies Tomorrow. The unassailable Kate Lyn Sheil is at the forefront of an ensemble that also features Jane Adams, Katie Aselton, Chris Messina, Kentucker Audley and Tunde Adebimpe as well as cameos by a horror director and a couple of bigger stars. But the real highlight is Seimetz’s singular vision of alluring obliteration...

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★

    Made me wish I was never really there.

  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★½

    Terrence Malick’s transcendent A Hidden Life is informed and bolstered in every way by Christian philosophy and yet, despite including numerous men of cloth as characters, none of them has the fortitude to fulfill the purpose of their vocation. But one of them (played by Tobias Moretti) does at least offer us a means of interpreting Malick’s intentions when he mentions that each of us would like to imagine ourselves opposing Christ’s crucifixion were we alive and present at the…