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  • The opening snapshots of Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Life and Nothing More make it clear that the life of teen protagonist Andrew (Andrew Bleechington) is mundane but not inconsequential. “Life is based on decisions you make,” Andrew is told....

  • Largely plotless, slice-of-life dramas often get described as “quiet,” yet Mid90s, the largely plotless, slice-of-life drama from Jonah Hill (his first film as writer-director), is marked by violently loud moments and blaringly...

  • 1 month ago | Film and TV

    The depictions of drug and alcohol use, sex (Stevie getting it on with an older girl) and violence (both self-inflicted and by others) are difficult to watch, as Hill brings a fly-on-the-wall candor to his depiction of youth and the film’s era.

  • 2 months ago | Film and TV

    Vives relies heavily on cliché cues, showing us the extent of Nina’s damage with scenes of her smoking cigarettes in the shower, puking backstage or making provocative sentiments about her abusive relationship: “keeps me from falling asleep during...

  • Within the first few minutes of All About Nina, the debut feature from writer-director Eva Vives, we get the highlight-reel version of just who this Nina is through quick glimpses of her stand-up routine: period jokes, punchlines about how...

  • The 1992-set The Song of Sway Lake may muster some nostalgia for an era two decades past but the film, directed by Ari Gold and co-written by Elizabeth Bull, is actually about the nostalgia the characters themselves hold for an even more...

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