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    ‘Measure for Measure,’ ‘The Little Hours,’ ‘The Decameron,’ and the Erotics of Chastity

    Neither Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours nor a recently-ended production of Measure for Measure at Theatre for a New Audience (directed by Simon Godwin) is an all around great work of art; The Little Hours isn’t nearly as funny or sharp as it could be given its hilarious premise, and this Measure undercuts its attempts at contemporaneity (which itself is questionable given […]

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    Netflix’s ‘To the Bone’ is a Powerful Story Told from the Inside Out

    The thing about Ellen is that no one’s going to get through to her, because she think she’s got it figured out. “I’m maintaining,” she insists, and that’s the best she can offer. “I’ve got it under control. Nothing bad is gonna happen.” And she says that so convincingly, as her cheeks get more hollow […]

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    The Trailer for ‘The Wound’ Suggests a Gripping Meditation on Sexuality, Masculinity, and Tradition

    When the South African film The Wound screened at Sundance, Variety critic Guy Lodge noted its “sensitiv[ity] to the hard taboo that homosexuality remains in black South African culture,” saying that its “sexually frank depiction of [it] marks it as something of a milestone in the country’s cinema,” and the Hollywood Reporter review by Sheri Linden called it “a troubling portrait of the […]

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    Bad Movie Night: The Distinctive Disco Cheese of ‘The Apple’

    Welcome to “Bad Movie Night,” a biweekly feature in which we sift through the remains of bad movies of all stripes: the obscure and hilarious, the bloated and beautiful, the popular and painful. This week, to celebrate its recent Blu-ray release, we look at the baffling 1980 boondoggle The Apple. There’s just something about pop/rock […]

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    The Bold Experimentation and Ethereal Beauty of ‘A Ghost Story’

    There’s a scene about midway through writer/director David Lowery’s modest, experimental supernatural tale A Ghost Story that’s simple in conception, but will absolutely deck you in execution. Our female protagonist, who is never referred to by name but is played by Rooney Mara, has lost her partner, and is still in a state resembling shock. […]

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    This Week at the Movies: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ ‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘The Rehearsal’

    This Week at the Movies: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ ‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘The Rehearsal’ – Flavorwire There’s a scene early in Spider-Man: Homecoming that sums up its flaws fairly efficiently. Our intrepid hero is dashing through a series of backyards, in what first seems a standard pursuit and then reveals itself as a sly homage to Ferris […]

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    Edgar Wright Is Contemplating a ‘Baby Driver’ Sequel

    Though the three films in his “Cornetto Trilogy” (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End) share a few winking common references, director Edgar Wright has never made a sequel – partly because none of his films had met with enough commercial success to warrant one. But that’s changed with Baby Driver, his […]