Sound of Metal

Sometimes, the best sounds are the ones that simply make up our normal day to day. Metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) is intensely committed to his craft alongside bandmate singer and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke). Together, as Blackgammon, they tour small venues across the country. While not big time, they have a following and are […]

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

It has often been said that to be a legendary musician, having a big-time ego is not only natural, but necessary. Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), known as the “Mother of the Blues,” knows her importance in 1927. People come to see her, and her manager, Irvin (Jeremy Stamos), has booked her and her quartet of […]

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Promising Young Woman

“It feels different when it’s someone you love.” Love for anyone—or anything, hasn’t been a feeling Cassandra (Carey Mulligan) has felt for a minute. Once a promising young future doctor, she dropped out after an incident involving her best friend, Nina, was too painful to continue on with. On days, Cassandra works as a barista. […]

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Wander Darkly

To know the ending, one must understand the prequel. The present life story for Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna) is in a bumpy place. They are new parents, with a new home. Their love is evident, and so too are their troubles with one another which bind the two to the past and […]

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Black Bear

Any great work typically requires a heavy amount of unwavering commitment by its creator. After years as an actress, Allison (Aubrey Plaza) pivoted to becoming a writer/director. So far, her films have been unsuccessful. With her inspiration waning, she’s looking to find it at a gorgeously scenic lake house. Hosts Gabe (Christopher Abbott) and his […]

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Buffaloed

“Fine is like mediocrity’s dumb cousin.” That is a refrain that comes out of the mouth of Peg Dahl (Zoey Deutch). Growing up lower class in Buffalo to widowed mother, Kathy (Judy Greer) and older brother, JJ (Noah Reid), her prospects are very slim in making it out of this socioeconomic bracket. She knows this […]

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Synchronic

What is time? Simply a man-made construction designed to make our lives more linear. For years and years, the lives of Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) have been linear. Not great, but linear. The two are longtime paramedics partners in New Orleans, growing up together and experiencing many trials, tribulations, and generally the […]

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The Social Dilemma

Technology. What is it good for? A lot of things, such as simplifying tasks that could only be done in person, improving user experience on legal documents, and bringing information to us quicker than ever before. Socially, the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram among other apps have all been able to bring long lost […]

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Honey Boy

It has often been said that the only normal aspect of a child star’s life is when they are acting in front of a camera. That definitely applies to twelve-year-old Otis Lort (Noah Jupe), making his way in showbiz with his domineering, volatile father James (Shia LaBeouf) flanked by his side serving as his de […]

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She Dies Tomorrow

“I’m going to die tomorrow.” These words are uttered out of the mouth of Amy (Kate Lyn Shiel), and she is convinced of it as she tells her friend, Jane (Jane Adams). Jane immediately chalks it up to a relapse; Amy is a recovering alcoholic after all. Yet, what if there is something to what […]

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