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Review: Stations of the Cross (Brüggemann, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Stations of the Cross is a religious drama brought to us by German brother-and-sister team Dietrich and Anna Brüggemann–one for which the filmmaking duo won the 2014 Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for Best Script.… Continue reading

Review: The Girl in the Book (Cohn, 2015) – MVFF 2015

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In The Girl in the Book, Alice Harvey (Emily VanCamp as adult Alice, Ana Mulvoy-Ten as young Alice) is a downtrodden assistant editor who, in addition to working the slush pile at her publishing… Continue reading

Review: Magical Girl (Vermut, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Films can be dark in many ways. You have your classic revenge narratives, your psychosexual thrillers, your gritty shoot-’em-ups, and then your plain old sad bad-luck stories. Spanish director and writer Carlos Vermut‘s… Continue reading

Review: The Second Mother (Muylaert, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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I laughed, I cried, what more could you ask for? The Second Mother, the Brazilian entry for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar and a Sundance Special Jury Prize winner, was one of my… Continue reading

Review: The Taking of Tiger Mountain (Tsui, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Disclaimer: I watched this 3D movie in 2D on a small screen, so some of the original effect may have been lost. Chinese action director Tsui Hark‘s The Taking of Tiger Mountain is perhaps… Continue reading

Review: The Overnight (Brice, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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I was lucky enough to catch the only San Francisco International Film Festival screening of The Overnight this past spring (a treat made even more special by the director’s appearance at the Q&A session,… Continue reading

Review: The Kindergarten Teacher (Lapid, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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The Kindergarten Teacher is a Hebrew-language film that screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival this past spring. Kindergarten teacher by day, aspiring poetess by night, Nira (Sarit Larry) leads a fairly humdrum… Continue reading

Review: The End of the Tour (Ponsoldt, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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Sometimes you watch a movie and afterwards you get that euphoric feeling that’s partly a light swelling in your chest and partly a heightened awareness of your senses. Your words have more snap and zing… Continue reading

Review: The Postman’s White Nights (Konchalovskiy, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Independent movies these days are full of films in which “nothing much happens,” which is understandable given that most of life for most people is rather monotonous, or at least defies a traditional narrative frame.… Continue reading

Review: Mr. Holmes (Condon, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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Sir Arthur Canon Doyle’s creation Sherlock Holmes is arguably one of the most popular characters in all of Western literature. According to the Guinness World Records, he is the world’s “most portrayed literary… Continue reading