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By Kyle Turner | February 3, 2023

Andrew, Eric, and Wen, held hostage in their lakeside cabin rental, are told by the invaders that they must make a decision to sacrifice one of their family members to save everyone else in the world, inverting the usual extremist take. Time is running out, tensions are running high, and all we can do is watch.

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By Susannah Gruder | February 3, 2023

Full Time is largely about the labor that continues in the shadows of a labor strike, and the non-union workers living outside Paris whose lives are overturned when the city shuts down. Julie is not a Norma Rae-esque heroine interested in organizing for the greater good; she is just trying to keep herself and her family afloat.

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By Greg Cwik | February 2, 2023
At the Museum

The ghost of Bogart hovers over two films from the 1970s that are screening in the Snubbed series, selections that exemplify the Academy’s indifference to unlikable antiheroes adrift in diffuse underworlds.

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By Dan Schindel | February 1, 2023

Brandon Cronenberg tends to confine transformation to the imaginary realm. For him, the body is but a plaything of the mind. This has produced some striking visuals, but they fail to linger, couched somewhat safely in their unreality.

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By Leonardo Goi | January 26, 2023

There is this weird sense of grief for someone who is still alive, technically, but you also understand that you can live through opposite things at the same moment. Grief and sadness. Rebirth and happiness. All at the same time.

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| January 22, 2023
Years in Review

Reverse Shot's annual awards and accolades including Best Pandemic Party, Most Unshakable and Cynical Endings, Best Actress, Scariest Comedy, Greatest Ignored Performance, Least Necessary Retread, and the Offenses.

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By Natalie Marlin | January 13, 2023

The strange cross-section of eras and technologies becomes its own kind of visual rhetoric of alienation; the crushed blacks and embellished film grain abstract even the most rudimentary shots of hallways and open doorframes into the shapes a child might imagine as those of monsters.

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By Michael Koresky | January 12, 2023

I cannot imagine seeing something more compositionally thought-through and artfully constructed in the current cinema, or something that more compellingly refuses to divulge its secrets while also maintaining a constant engagement with so many legible ideas.

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| January 11, 2023
Years in Review

It may have felt like a wasteland, but, judging by the voters in our annual poll, we nevertheless experienced a wealth of films that excited us and gave us hope.

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By Susannah Gruder | January 4, 2023

The film is bolstered chiefly by the cast of nonprofessional actors, who together form an entirely authentic unit, feeding off one another’s energy for better or worse.

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By Michael Koresky | December 31, 2022

For most of its running time, Babylon barrels past any possibility of wistful reverie, content to wallow in excess and sin, only to devolve in its final third into meditations on the power and beauty of the image.

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By Matthew Eng | December 23, 2022

Try as Kore-eda might, the questions the film raises cannot be fenced off from the global fight for reproductive justice, a battle from which this politically evasive film has been totally sequestered.

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By Farihah Zaman | December 23, 2022

His latest thoughtful docu-fiction hybrid, No Bears, is deceptively gentle, initially even comedic, lulling with a ruminative pastoral quality that is gradually pierced by painful reminders that these are more than stories—they are the contours of people’s lives.

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By Dan Schindel | December 22, 2022

The camera is frequently in motion, shifting elements like characters, animals, vehicles, and terrain in an intricate dance. Despite the impossibility of the otherworldly imagery, every shot feels like it comes from an actual camera perspective, which lends the film its verisimilitude.

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By Caitlin Quinlan | December 21, 2022

What is it to flee versus to leave? What is it to grant forgiveness or to grant permission? Their predicament is not just a binary choice, it is to consider how to build a new future according to their own definitions.