Kristy Puchko

Kristy Puchko

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  • Wrath of Man

    Wrath of Man

    ★★

    Guy Ritchie has no fucks left to give. The English writer-director, who chiseled out a reputation as a hip auteur with crass and kooky crime capers like Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, rose to Hollywood’s A-List, helming big budget tent poles like Sherlock Holmes, failed franchises like The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, as well as the god-awful live-action Aladdin. Now, he’s reteaming once more Jason Statham, the smirking tough guy he…

  • Benny Loves You

    Benny Loves You

    ★★½

    With a sharp wit and a savage grasp of the zombie subgenre, Shaun of the Dead reignited audiences’ craving for parody in 2004. Since then, Edgar Wright has spoofed action movies with Hot Fuzz and alien invasion with The World’s End. In his wake, many have tried to recreate his signature blend of spirited, subversive, and smart with a slew of winking genre comedies. The latest is Benny Loves You, an evil toy offering that plays like the Cornetto Trilogy’s scruffy cousin.

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    “I wrote this while going through a break-up,” Ari Aster said at the special advance screening of Midsommar. “I’m better now.”

    The filmmaker’s darkly humorous confession played well to the crowd at Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where press and select members of the public gathered to see Aster’s hotly anticipated follow-up to his wildly praised debut, Hereditary. As the crowd chuckled at Aster’s softly spoken introduction, a mix of excitement and anxiety hung in the air. With his first film,…

  • Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies

    Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies

    Never once in the 130 minutes of the documentary Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies is the words “Male Gaze” uttered. Imagine that. Coined by film critic Laura Mulvey in 1975, the term is used to explore how an art form dominated by straight men portrays women in ways objectifying rather than humanizing. You’d think such a term would be useful, even essential, when discussing the history of nudity in the movies, considering much of that history was made by bared breasts and female buns. Infuriatingly, this is just one of many shocking omissions in this smugly saucy doc....


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