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By Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert | May 16, 2017

As film critics, we have been unclear what to do with our despondency, other than one clear thing: direct our outrage away from suffocating social media channels and toward writing, reasoning, wrestling with ideas, praising, hoping, questioning.

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By Daniel Witkin | May 26, 2017

While the New York–set Hermia and Helena carries on the alternately fastidious and freewheeling sensibility of his previous Shakespeare films, it is the first to be set outside Argentina, as well as the only one thus far to engage with the Bard in English.

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By Mark Asch | May 23, 2017

The Executive Order that claims to Protect the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States inspires a writer to dig into his family’s Jewish American immigrant legacy.

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By Julien Allen | May 23, 2017

The commonwealth of Virginia has been a site of American judicial progress as well as conservatism, as proven by the Executive Order Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice and Terrence Malick’s The New World.

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By Jackson Arn | May 23, 2017

The 1985 science-fiction dystopia by director Terry Gilliam presaged the Trump era as much as Orwell, as reflected in the nonsensical bureaucracy of the Presidential Executive Order Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.

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By Daniel Witkin | May 23, 2017

The implications of executive order Enhancing Security in the Interior of the United States recall the 1970 American independent film Ice, directed by Robert Kramer, dramatizing the resistance of a group of urban radicals in the face of an ascendant fascist government.

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By Jeff Reichert | May 19, 2017

The comparatively bite-sized, almost four-hour The Woman Who Left feels like a work that could start to open Lav Diaz up to a larger U.S. audience in a way that Norte, the End of History, his last film distributed here did not.

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By Keith Uhlich | May 18, 2017

The need to resolve the dangling narrative threads of popular works of art is truly a pox. If everything is spelled out, then there is no room left for mystery and imagination. It is always better to allow the mind to race just enough so that it deepens the things that we see and hear.

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By Jeff Reichert | May 17, 2017

Over the course of a career that runs far deeper than just his 1994 groundbreaker Hoop Dreams, James has continually given classical documentary storytelling a good name.

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By Michael Koresky | May 16, 2017

How do the circumstances surrounding the Executive Order Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth echo the events of Pasolini’s dangerous masterpiece?

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By Matt Connolly | May 16, 2017

Filmmaker Stephen Cone’s empathetic fable represents a quiet rejection of all that’s contained in the Muslim Ban, or, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.

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By Kelley Dong | May 16, 2017

The potential consequeces of Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects intersect with the creeping gentrification anxiety on display in It Follows.

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By Giovanni Vimercati | May 16, 2017

Trump’s order Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States creates echoes of one of our nation’s darkest moments.

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By Nick Pinkerton | May 5, 2017

An upper-crust costume drama without the courtly trappings or whalebone stiffness, the film has nary a tripod shot in sight, and moves along with a disconcerting, lurching motion.

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By Justin Stewart | April 21, 2017

Free Fire is often reminiscent of the cash-in Tarantino-esque titles that invaded video stores after Pulp Fiction, time capsules like 2 Days in the Valley, City of Industry, or 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, rather than being a new or exciting thing of its own.