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Monday

Monday takes place during the so-called honeymoon phase of a romance between two Americans living in Greece. Mickey, a DJ, and Chloe, an immigration lawyer, meet at a party and sleep together on a nearby beach before learning each other’s names. After realizing she left her purse with her money, keys and other essentials at […]

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French Exit

In this ridiculously long – some might say “endless” – Oscar season, French Exit was originally positioned as a sure-fire Best Actress vehicle for Michelle Pfeiffer, a standout role that could potentially deliver an Oscar win to the three-time past nominee. As the COVID-impacted release calendar started to fill, however, the film – and thus, […]

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Shiva Baby

Being spoiled can be stifling, as Danielle (Rachel Sennott) demonstrates in writer-director Emma Seligman’s assured debut feature Shiva Baby. College senior Danielle is spoiled by her sugar daddy Max (Danny Deferrari), who bestows her with cash and jewelry after their morning bedroom romp. He thinks he’s helping her pay for law school, but she’s really […]

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The Yellow Wallpaper

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper is a seminal text in feminist literature. Published in 1892, it has been a hallmark of feminist literary theory and discourse in the century-plus since its creation. The first-person account of a woman going mad as a result of the confinement of patriarchal oppression remains one the most profound […]

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Happily

Happily takes for its subject adult relationships in all their forms, yet much like many an adult relationship, the movie abruptly shifts from comedy to drama, and from fantasy to whodunit to horror, to often destabilizing, sometimes engrossing, but always interesting effect. The film centers on Tom (Joel McHale) and Janet (Kerry Bishé), a couple […]

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Paint

Writers need to be read. Musicians need to be heard. But after three years of painting, Dan, Kelsey and Quinn haven’t hung a picture on anybody’s walls but their own. Are you still a painter if nobody sees your paintings? Is selling out worse than not selling at all? Paint asks those questions, and lets […]

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The Mimic

From the moment it starts, The Mimic, which is based on a true story, establishes a fanciful tone built on rapid-fire dialogue and deadpan wit. Yet while the movie has the odd poignant moment, it works best as a thought exercise. The film centers on The Narrator (Thomas Sadoski), who not only narrates the film […]

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Moxie

Since time immemorial, girls have spent their high school years dealing with harassment from their male classmates; girls’ school sports are frequently underfunded compared to their male colleagues; girls’ dress codes are more strenuously enforced than boys’; and required reading assignments are weighted towards white male writers at the expense of more diverse writers. In […]

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Tom & Jerry

If Tom & Jerry feels retro, that isn’t because it harkens back to the gleeful anarchy of the duo’s original animated shorts, since it rarely does. Instead, this slapdash cinematic lark feels like a holdover from another era, lost in a time capsule of style and perspective. It might most resemble the late-‘90s/early-‘00s string of […]