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The Boss Baby: A Surrealist Tour de Force That Reconciles Capitalism and Love. Reviewed by Daniel Spielberger

In a recent Fresh Air interview with Alec Baldwin, Terry Gross welcomed the fifty-nine-year-old star, “First things first, congrats on The Boss Baby.” I couldn’t help but laugh at this opening — a title like The Boss Baby (2017) solicits … Continue reading

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Hollywood Is Everywhere, Melis Behlil, (2016). Reviewed by Zulaika Popal

Melis Behlil, associate professor at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, takes it upon herself to interrogate the definition of Hollywood, with the perspective and focus on global directors in the twentieth century: “If it was difficult to define Hollywood in … Continue reading

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Death by Hanging (1968). Reviewed by Film Matters Spring 2017 Editorial Board

Death by Hanging Criterion Blu-ray Review from Liza Palmer Contributors: Lizzie Bankowski, Tayler Camplin, Chandler Mackenzie Comes, Michael Edwards Jr., Kenneth L. Freyer, Bobby Hartman, Claire Kalb, Megan Kiss, Jeremy Meyers, Kimberly Mariah Smallwood, Chamberlain Staub, Stephanie L. Triplett, Emmett Williams, and Kelli Wofford.

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The Epistemology of Moonlight (2016). Reviewed by Sarah Foulkes

If mainstream cinema is upheld to the task of democratically representing its viewers then it often fails. So when a film comes out that depicts marginalized figures it’s passed under the kind of scrutiny that a lot of other films … Continue reading

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Capturing the Artist in Time: The Joyful Energy of Agnes Varda: Agnes Varda: From Here to There. Reviewed by Mina Radovic

The five-part documentary series Agnes Varda: From Here to There, directed by the resolute Agnes Varda and released by Cinema Guild, follows the filmmaker as she traverses the globe, meeting with friends, filmmakers (including Chris Marker and Manoel de Oliveira), … Continue reading

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The Accidental Philosopher: From Montaigne to Mekas. Movie Journal: The Rise of the New American Cinema, 1959-1971, second edition, Jonas Mekas, (2016). Reviewed by Chris Dymond

Through the rich collection that is Jonas Mekas’s Movie Journal: The Rise of the New American Cinema, 1959-1971 (2016), the reader is presented with the collected writings of Mekas as they were sketched upon the pages of his Village Voice … Continue reading

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Captain Fantastic (2016). Reviewed by Frederik Hartmann

Captain Fantastic (Ross, 2016) imagines an intellectual experiment in child-rearing. In it, Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife, Leslie (Trin Miller), have decided to raise their spawn in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest. We enter the story … Continue reading

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Documenting History: From Iran: A Separation. Reviewed by Mina Radovic

Cinema Guild’s latest release of the documentary From Iran: A Separation (2013) explores the intimate significance of Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning A Separation (2011) for the people of Iran: its reception, how its accolades confirmed Iran’s presence in contemporary world cinema, … Continue reading

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Stagecoach (1939). Reviewed by Film Matters Fall 2016 Editorial Board

Stagecoach Criterion DVD Review from Liza Palmer Contributors: Benjamin J. Alexander, Sarah Baylor, Paul Cirigliano, Kelsey Davis, Garrett Farrington, Christian Fulton, R. F. Karmi, Madison Landau, Tyler Linden, Brittany Lowe, and Connor Allen Lummert.

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Pharaoh (1966). Reviewed by Truman Hopper

The 1960s brought one of the largest film productions for Polish cinema. Pharaoh (Faraon, 1966), masterfully directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, revolves around the figure of young Ramses XIII (portrayed by Jerzy Zelnik), who is prepared for and eventually succeeds his … Continue reading

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