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The Liberty of Forgiveness in ‘Waves’

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– By Sam Hendrian – *Contains spoilers Waves is one of the most powerful movies I have seen in a long time. It is complicatedly simple, heartbreakingly inspiring, and many other perplexing paradoxes. While tough to watch at times, it had me spontaneously praying, “Oh God, this is beautiful!” on multiple occasions, and if that …

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Controlling Happiness in ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

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– By Sam Hendrian – “Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel.” These relatable words spoken by Charlie Brown to Linus at the beginning of the 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas perfectly capture the numbness that the commercialization of Christmas has brought over time. …

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Conversational Commitment and Unconditional Love in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

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– By Sam Hendrian – “Do you know what the most important thing is to me right now? Talking to Lloyd Vogel.” The renowned children’s television host Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) speaks these words to the emotionally-wounded journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) in an early scene of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a new, …

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The Immortality of the Soul and a Call to Virtue in ‘Doctor Sleep’

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– By Sam Hendrian – “We’re all dying. The world’s just a hospice with fresh air.” This philosophical observation made by Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) midway through the cinematic Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep is rather bleak, but it is also undeniably true. Like the memento mori that monks sometimes keep on their desks, horror …

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The Brilliant Paradox of ‘Parasite’

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By James Powers Contains Mild Spoilers The South Korean film Parasite, this year’s winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or, is full of striking imagery. Unexpected but trenchant symbolism keeps cropping up in this film that might, at first glance, seem to be relatively grounded in realism. But one particular shot, about two-thirds of the way …

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The Dangers of Idealizing Love in Richard Linklater’s ‘Before Trilogy’

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– By Sam Hendrian – “The concept is absurd. The idea that we can only be complete with another person is evil. Right?” This fascinating question proposed by Celine (Julie Delpy) to Jesse (Ethan Hawke) in the second film of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy succinctly captures the central theme at play in all three films. …

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It’s Weird, but Joker Is the Anti-Hero We Want – And Maybe the One We Deserve

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  – By James Powers – Spoilers below for Joker There was much blood and thunder in the world of pop-culture commentary preceding the release of Joker, with many a critic who had already seen the film at Venice or TIFF proclaiming either that it was a) a trenchant social commentary in the guise of …

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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’: An Authentic American Gem With an Endearing Lead Duo

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(2019—Directors: Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Rule #1: Don’t slow me down.” — Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) to Zak (Zack Gottsagen) Potential spoilers below To portray characters with disabilities and disorders accurately, actors since cinema’s dawn down to the present day have relied on …