Y Tu Mamá También and the Other You

By Joe Gates - July 21, 2017, 9:00 AM

People don’t show everyone, or sometimes anyone, the complete picture of who they are. And if they do, they might not like what they find on the other side.

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Okja: Super-Pig Saves Film Criticism

By David Braga - July 17, 2017, 9:00 AM

Okja does seem like a step in the right direction: a chance for a wall to break down permanently between critic and audience—not to kill film criticism, but to let it grow into a more analytical, thoughtful, and communal art. 

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Deconstructing Family with Son of Sofia

By Sandra Tzvetkova - July 4, 2017, 8:00 AM

Psykou’s message is that the entire family system—with its perceived obstacles, coming-of-age ordeals, and Freudian family tensions—is a story made up in the self-serving imagination of those whom it exists to empower.

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If It Bleeds, It Leads: Nightcrawler and Consumption

By Joe Gates - June 26, 2017, 9:00 AM

Many of our fictions—Nightcrawler, Black Mirror, Mr. Robot, Fight Club, to name a few—are our dreams of enterprise and technology turned nightmares.

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The Magdalene Sisters: Why We Need Bleak Women’s Tales

By Eva Phillips - June 19, 2017, 8:00 AM

Films like this one, gorgeously and relentlessly crafted to show the depths of human depravity and human resilience, attest to why seemingly hyperbolic feminist dystopias like The Handmaid’s Tale are crucial.

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Risk: Truth and Contradiction

By David Braga - June 5, 2017, 8:00 AM

In one of her voiceovers, director Laura Poitras states that “the contradictions are becoming the story.” If that’s how the Wikileaks story ends—a website and its creator, infinitely tied together yet completely inconsistent with one another—what kind of story is it?

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The Descent and the Psychology of Female Trauma

By Eva Phillips - May 29, 2017, 8:00 AM

The film, and the chaos that the women are subjected to (Sarah in particular), operates as a metaphor for what it’s like for women to experience psychological trauma in an uncaring world. The effects of trauma lurk unseen, unattended to and unmentioned, just like the foul cave dwellers.

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Equity: Feminism in Film and Finance

By Sandra Tzvetkova - May 15, 2017, 8:00 AM

The “​Wall Street thriller” genre would be an unlikely phenomenon were it not for this bubbling well of emotion and obfuscation. Over time, these movies have largely reflected the stubbornly skewed gender composition of the industry: from Wall Street to Wolf on Wall Street, it is always shamelessly greedy men pulling the stunts. Then in 2016 came Meera Menon’s Equity.

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IFFBoston 2017: 15 Years of New England’s Best Film Festival

By David Braga - May 8, 2017, 8:00 AM

A look back at some of the best indie films of IFFBoston 2017. 

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Meet the Patels Is the Comedy We Need Right Now

By ​Natasha Oladokun - May 2, 2017, 8:00 AM

Meet the Patels is for everyone, regardless of age or culture or background. Its core themes are familiar, but are by no means stale here: the old trope of a protagonist embarking on a quest for love is enlivened by this cast of complex, sharp-witted people who are unquestioningly devoted to one another.

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