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Mass (2021)

Mass (2021)

In what is probably the stagiest movie I’ve ever seen that was not actually a stage adaptation, Mass is a claustrophobic, extremely intimate experience where you feel trapped in a room, no, actually trapped at a table with four emotionally scarred individuals trying to have a conversation. The four people are two sets of parents …

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The Manor

The Manor (2021)

For personal reasons, The Manor may have been one of those “too soon” movie choices for me to watch on a cold, dark October night. The story of a family dropping their elderly mother off at a nursing home because of her looming health issues, sent a chill of very recent recognition through me. When …

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Lamb

Lamb (2021)

When the trailer for Lamb debuted, a friend of mine immediately forwarded it to me with the simple statement: “This made me think of you.” I gasped in laughter and intrigue as I watched it. Wait… was that Noomi Rapace trudging across the barren Icelandic landscape holding a lamb’s, um, “hand” like a child? And …

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Bingo Hell

Bingo Hell

With a name like Bingo Hell, you may not expect a clever allegory of gentrification and the fading luster of the American Dream. But this campy horror-comedy delivers its message of community sticking together, contrasting glaring flashy bingo parlor lights with the cozy glow of your well-worn neighborhood hair salon. Lupita (Adriana Barraza) is the …

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Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen

When I saw director Stephen Chbosky’s name revealed in the trailer for Dear Evan Hansen, I clutched my heart. Chbosky made the fantastic movie The Perks of Being a Wallpaper in 2012, impressively adapting his own novel for his first feature (wow). The film, for me, came out of nowhere, blindsided me, and made me …

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

Tammy Faye (Jessica Chastain) and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) meet as chipmunk-cheeked cheery Bible students who want to emphasize Jesus’ love versus the typical sin-and-hellfire style of preaching. They are mutually enraptured, marry almost immediately (getting them booted from their Bible college) and start a Christian children’s TV show involving Tammy’s homemade puppets made out …

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The Alpinist

The Alpinist

The Alpinist introduces us to Marc-André Leclerc, a goofy young man in his 20s who seemingly came out of nowhere to wow the climbing world with his solo ascents of some of the Americas’ most challenging peaks. The filmmakers want to pin the guy down for a straightforward documentary, but Leclerc isn’t a man who …

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