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“Dunkirk”

‎Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles and Tom Hardy
Directed by Christopher Nolan

I know, I know, you’re jaded. You’ve seen it all in hundreds, nay, thousands of movies. War movies, survival movies, hanging-on-by-the skin-of-your-teeth movies, abandon-hope movies, never-lose-hope movies. You’ve also seen admirable or despicable actions from soldiers, officers, and ordinary civilians. But trust me, you have never seen all of that brought together in a package such as Christopher ... more >

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OKJA, a Netflix premiere, delivers a bleak message couched in entertaining fiction

Seo-Hyun Ahn, Tilda Swinton and Steven Yeun
Directed by Bong Joon Ho

Can we fight evil? Save our lovely planet from ghouls such as Monsanto and other purveyors of various poisons into GMO plants and animals? Can the good people win? Can we save the human race while preventing our animals from being seen only in terms of sirloin or chops? Such is the theme of “Okja,” a Netlix film streaming on the video channel (and causing much distress at the recent Cannes film ... more >

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“Kuso,” L.A., and what happens after The Big One (preview)

Hannibal Buress, George Clinton and David Firth
Directed by Flying Lotus

PREVIEW - Heading to cinema screens July 21st is "Kuso," a nightmarish B-movie that depicts the aftermath of The Big One in Los Angeles. The viewer is made to experience aftershocks through TV screens and apocalypse-tinged vignettes of the twisted lives of the survivors. It's like David Cronenberg gave birth to Ren & Stimpy V.2. "Kuso" is a little chaotic at times. The film comprises about ... more >

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: “A quiet passion”

Cynthia Nixon, Emma Bell, Sara Vertongen & Rose Williams
Directed by Terence Davies

Some one hundred thirty years after her death in the house in Amherst, Pennsylvania where she lived as a recluse dressed in white and scribbling poetry in the middle of the night, do we know more about Emily Dickinson than her ever-puzzled circle did? Books about her would make a hefty library, scholars who have spent a lifetime researching her would fill a mid-size conference room, her own ... more >

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Susie Singer Carter short gaining traction on fest circuit

(this is the follow-up piece to Rudy Cecera's interview with the director from earlier this year) Susie Singer Carter has much to be proud. Not only is “My mom and the girl” racking up palm leaves all over the U.S. but it also received recognition at the Cannes Festival in May. In fact, her short film got two separate nods, the the “Jury Winner Honorable Mention LGBTQ Winner at The American ... more >

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SHORT NOTICE: “Joy Joy Nails”

Directed by Joey Ally

Short Notice is Screen Comment's new column devoted exclusively to short films. In "Joy joy nails" unusual close-ups and adept cinematography combine the claustrophobic feelings of a confined workplace with the eerie lighting from the city's streets, its buses and subways. “Joy Joy Nails,” directed by New Yorker Joey Ally, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at a Queens nail salon from the ... more >

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Wildly inventive “My art”

Starring Laurie Simmons, Robert Clohessy and Josh Safdie
Directed by Laurie Simmons

One of the best things about Tribeca (this film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Festival recently) are the more character-driven independent films that get screened there. One example of this is “My Art,” written, directed and starring Laurie Simmons. Simmons of course falls into that underrated category of “Female Director” that thankfully Tribeca recognizes more and more each year. The story of ... more >