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  • Stations of the Cross

    Stations of the Cross


    This seems like the natural extension of questions posed in Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills and Ulrich Seidl's Paradise: Faith, notably an apparent inability on the part of organised religion to adapt to modern technologies and rules. Brüggemann goes one step further by comparing Maria's traditionalist understanding of Catholicism with the more moderate offerings that surround her at school. The accusations of smugness that have been levelled by some critics are a result of the lack of answers in this…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl


    So many contenders for MVP (Rosamund Pike, Trent Reznor, Carrie Coon, Jeff Cronenweth, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens), but actually the true star of the show is David Fincher himself. His coherent balance of tones across a multitude of timelines is impressive. He's flashy whenever he needs to be, a skill already evident in films like Zodiac and The Social Network. The question that lingers in my mind, already addressed by a number of critics, is whether this is a sophisticated…