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Writer Director Sophia Takal on Persona, Female Aggression and Her Psychological Thiller, Always Shine

MacKenzie Davis and Caitlin Fitzgerald in Always ShineMacKenzie Davis and Caitlin Fitzgerald in Always Shine

Following its New York premiere this past Thanksgiving weekend, Sophia Takal’s highly recommended psychological drama Always Shine opens today in 16 markets across the United States. When the film premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, I wrote Sophia Takal…  Read more

By Dec 2, 2016

“There is a Certain Freedom to Being an Outsider”: Garrett Zevgetis on Best and Most Beautiful Things

Best and Most Beautiful ThingsBest and Most Beautiful Things

Boston-based filmmaker Garrett Zevgetis’s SXSW-premiering Best and Most Beautiful Things (its title a nod to Helen Keller’s words) is a cinematic portrait of a young woman in Bangor, Maine, a recent high school graduate who is searching for a job…  Read more

By Dec 2, 2016

“The Military System and a Movie Set are Similar”: Rachel Lang on Baden Baden

Rachel LangRachel Lang

Described as the most daring section of the Berlinale, Forum aims to straddle art and cinema. Launched in the late ’60s to diversify the festival, Forum still showcases perhaps the most progressive and experimental films of the 400 total that are…  Read more

By Nov 30, 2016

“That Feeling Inside You That Never Explodes”: Lucile Hadžihalilović on Evolution

EvolutionEvolution

Lucile Hadžihalilović’s Evolution is her long-awaited sophomore feature; her first, Innocence, premiered in 2004. At the time of Evolution‘s premiere, I wrote: Innocence followed a group of young women being schooled in etiquette, beauty et al. at a vaguely sinister private institution, preparing themselves to…  Read more

By Nov 21, 2016


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