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  • All Skinfolk Ain't Kinfolk

    All Skinfolk Ain't Kinfolk

    ★★★★★

    Unexpected. Challenging. Progressive.

    A video essay on skepticism and frustration towards the everlasting systems surrounding those who seek and/or are in power, no matter party affiliation or background. With twenty minutes to run, this commentary on the New Orleans' runoff race for the city's first female Mayor (a black woman) puts a torch to the idea of merely showing up at the polls. Research, critical thinking, demanding answers, and active participation are all grossly needed.

    Through beautifully composed and arranged…

  • Buck Run

    Buck Run

    ★★★½

    Two opposing personalities, dealing with grief individually, but together all the same. A nice slice of a rural, God-fearing, deer-hunting, Pennsylvania community, where resolutions don't come easily or in satisfying ways, but alas, such is life and pain.

    James LeGros is the stand-out here, as the recovering alcoholic/estranged husband and father, hopelessly attached to a family he separated from, and yet completely unable to express his feelings in a comforting or nuanced manner - either extreme stoicism, or an extremely…

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  • 9/11

    9/11

    Utterly deplorable. Horrid melodrama with a time and setting used only for dramatic exploitation. Nothing new is revealed or anything found within us, just people weeping, bickering, coughing and yelling like Nolan's Batman. When you use green screen, cgi smoke and desaturated lighting to indicate fiery conditions, you're telling me how cheap and uncreative you are. Rushed through to ... make a buck? To capitalize on ... that sweet 9/11 nostalgia we all share? Why was this movie made? It…

  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★★★★

    A devastating production that's less scary but more tragic than you'd think. It holds back on exposition and meaning, leaving the images and action to speak for themselves. At twenty-four paintings a second, never wasting a sequence, the film is like a Cormac McCarthy cover song if performed by David Lynch. That's a dangerous pairing.

    Go in knowing nothing, come out feeling everything.