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  • Little



    "The strengths and pleasures of Tina Gordon Chism’s Little lie neither in its ramshackle, uneven script nor in its familiar high-concept conceit, in which a successful, cold-blooded CEO suddenly awakens to find herself in the body of her formerly insecure, bullied 13-year-old self. No, the film’s most amusing and delightful moments are in the interplay between the central characters as they adjust to an abruptly shifting reality.

    As the tightly wound tech mogul Jordan Sanders, Regina Hall isn’t given much…

  • Teen Spirit

    Teen Spirit


    "Max Minghella’s Teen Spirit opens with the shy Polish-British social outcast Violet (Elle Fanning) milking a goat on her family farm while the pulsating synths and soaring vocals of Grimes’s “Genesis” fill the soundtrack. Though surrounded by so much pastoral beauty, Violet is enraptured only by the music blaring through her earbuds—a galvanizing reminder of her desire to become a pop singer. But with the increasing demands of school, work, and choir practice, the latter two of which her strict…

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  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street


    Pickup on South Street, Sam Fuller’s brutal yet sensual masterpiece, begins on a speeding subway train, full of colliding bodies stuffed inside like canned sardines. No one speaks, but everyone glances; some at the floor or out the window, others at unsuspecting passengers, yet all attempting in one way or another to not betray what’s truly on their mind. Every initial glance is revealed to be misdirected until our anti-hero, Skip McCoy, bursts onto the scene to meet the sultry…

  • Burning



    Was not at all prepared for the shift into Antonioni-esque thriller territory in the second half of this. The scene where Hae-mi and Ben visit Jongsu's farm is likely the scene of the year so far, not only for how it tightens the psychological tensions between the two men and complicates our understanding of all three character's troubled psychological states but for how it recalibrates the film's focus (after Hae-mi's African dance) to something far grander and more elusive than…