2021

Sophie Deraspe’s modern retelling of the tragedy of Antigone is full of heavy hitting drama. Insightful and full of critiques, Deraspe cleverly brings the ancient story to life through a contemporary lens.

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‘French Exit’ is less of a film and more of a collage of character quirks mashed together into something resembling a coherent narrative.

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‘The Father’ is superb, and gives a voice and a face to an affliction that is too often limited to those suffering on the periphery of it.

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‘Nomadland’ is a stunning character study incorporating meditations on aging, legacy, industrialization, and the vanishing American middle class.

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The latest film from Adam Egypt Mortimer, ‘Archenemy’ (out February 16 on DVD and Blu-ray from RLJE Films), sees the writer/director once again applying his independent lens to a new genre.

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The debut feature from writer/director Adam Stovall, ‘A Ghost Waits,’ now streaming via Arrow, follows on the heels of last year’s acquisition by the venerable genre company of another left-of-center, oddly quirky, black and white fun take on genre cinema, The Lake Michigan Monster.

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This distasteful witch trial horror offering from Neil Marshall has a heavy-handed tone, clunky dialogue, and a refusal to concede to the realities of basic human physiology.

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‘The Night’ starts strong following the story of a married couple with many issues trapped inside a haunted hotel. Kourosh Ahari sets up his film well, but things take a turn for the worse with a complicated direction in the second half.

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‘Savage State’ is narratively vacant, historically nonsensical, and emotionally barren. Skip it.

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A gritty meditation on class, globalization, family, and destiny, ‘The White Tiger’ is the story of one man’s struggle with his destiny.

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Were it not for the fact that it’s drenched in violence, blood, and assorted alien fluids, the heart of ‘Psycho Goreman’ makes it charming enough to watch with your kids.

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It’s great to see that the rockers featured in the documentary really seem to enjoy getting to interact with fans on this level, where they’re kinda / sorta peers, but even those interviews come across more as advertising fodder for the camp, rather than digging deeply into what it means for them personally.

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