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No Man of God

While No Man of God isn’t the one Ted Bundy movie to watch, it is one worth watching. Ostensibly about FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier, the film spans from his initial meeting with an incarcerated Bundy during the inception of the agency’s criminal profiling unit to Bundy’s last days alive. Bundy, of course, still steals the […]

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The Night House

The Night House is a strong argument for more films that let Rebecca Hall be a scream queen. Feeling the ripple effects of her husband’s recent, unexpected death, Beth (Hall) copes as well as you could expect. She drinks, re-watches old wedding tapes, and covers her pain by projecting a wry, dark sense of humor. […]

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Wildland

Has Danish director Jeanette Nordahl, in her debut feature, invented the tender mob movie? Or is life on the compound with Danes who rob, debt-collect, and home invade just inevitably going to fall more on the subdued end of the gangsterdom barometer than your average Sopranos episode? The calm atmosphere of the film, in its […]

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CODA

CODA is a coming-of-age story meant to move. And while the beats of the film may be predictable, it’s no less affecting. Following Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones), a child of deaf adults (CODA) and the only hearing person in her family, viewers are introduced to a teenager that’s torn. Will she help her parents (played […]

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Ema

Throughout a lethal performance from Mariana Di Girolamo as the flamethrower-wielding title character in Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s eighth film—his first since Jackie (2016)—we see an individual who is the human equal to napalm, an incinerating force whose power derives from twinned, potent fuels coming together and exploding.

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Homeroom

In Homeroom, the stars are the students of Oakland High School as they confront not just the regular highs and lows of high school, but also pushing to remove police officers from their district, rapid budget cuts, and the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Kissing Booth 3

As previously predicted, The Kissing Booth franchise had a trilogy up its sleeve, and for those invested, it’s a must-watch. Picking up where the sequel left off, The Kissing Booth 3 takes almost two hours to watch Elle (Joey King) make the most difficult decision of her very privileged life. Will she move across the […]

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Ma Belle, My Beauty

Marion Hill’s debut feature is a sun-kissed, but half baked, portrait of non-traditional romance. Set against the French countryside, Ma Belle, My Beauty explores the recent marriage and international move from New Orleans between aspiring jazz performers Bertie (Idella Johnson) and Fred (Lucien Guignard). Bertie starts to feel isolated by the overwhelming whiteness of France […]

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The Night House

The Night House is a compelling meditation on the horror of one’s own mind. In the aftermath of her husband Owen’s (Evan Jonigkeit) death, Beth (Rebecca Hall) finds herself alone in the lakeside home he built for them. The suicide she never suspected leaves her looking for answers about the man she thought she knew […]

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John and the Hole

In many ways, John and the Hole evokes a Michael Haneke horror. A coming-of-age psychological thriller, it’s quiet, eerie, and enveloped in affluence. Following 13-year-old John (Charlie Shotwell) and his father (Michael C. Hall), mother (Jennifer Ehle), and sister (Taissa Farmiga) as they live out their days in a modern home among the trees, the […]