Michael Nordine

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  • One of the most important tests a film must pass is also among the hardest to quantify: Does it actually believe in what it's doing? In the case of Stung, a low-rent creature feature pitting high-society WASPs against a swarm of literal...

  • Spirit Lake is bottomless, so far as the locals in writer-director Sarah Adina Smith's The Midnight Swim can tell. A small town straddles its enigmatic shores, though nobody has ever seen the bottom — except, perhaps, those who have...

  • Being aware of our mortality is a questionable gift, one that can inspire many poor decisions. In Saugatuck Cures, the return of a woman's cancer inspires her adult son to put all his eggs in the experimental-surgery basket. Said procedure...

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