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PAINT IT BLACK (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Paint it Black is a tour de force showcasing the brilliant work of three women: director Amber Tamblyn, and actresses Alia Shawkat and Janet McTeer. With Tamblyn’s visionary guidance, Shawkat and McTeer give performances that will by turns make you … Continue reading

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THE DROWNING (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

The Drowning is a psychological thriller that keeps the viewer guessing and still manages to surprise—based on the novel by Pat Barker and directed by Bette Gordon, this tightly plotted tale of obsession is a tour de force. The performances … Continue reading

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A WOMAN’S LIFE (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

A Woman's Life depicts the life of a woman living in the 19th century—unfortunately, it is about as boring and unpleasant as the life of a woman in the 19th century. Director Stéphane Brizé fails to impress in this pretty … Continue reading

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BELOW HER MOUTH (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Below Her Mouth is a lazily plotted but consistently erotic lesbian film that, while poorly written, features some great performances and excellent camerawork. I was unable to find reference to director April Mullen’s sexual orientation, but I would place a … Continue reading

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THE PENGUIN COUNTERS (2017): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Antarctica is known as the continent most hostile to human life, second only to Australia and so uninhabitable that most people forget that it is a continent at all. It is to this frozen tundra that has claimed so many … Continue reading

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MAURIZIO CATTELAN: BE RIGHT BACK (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

On the occasion of his Guggenheim retrospective, first-time director Maura Axelrod walks us through Maurizio Catellan’s tumultuous career in a documentary that is pitch-perfect in its embracing of his art’s irreverent tone. The result is a delightfully fun and educational … Continue reading

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THE TICKET (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

The Ticket is a modern-day fable about a blind man who regains his sight, only to become obsessed with appearances. His newfound superficiality leads him to dismantle his happy but unglamorous life for flashy luxuries, like expensive clothes and a … Continue reading

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DAVID LYNCH – THE ART LIFE (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

David Lynch is the Twin Peaks of people. You may already know this intellectually, but I guarantee it hasn’t hit you with the full force that it will when you watch David Lynch - The Art Life. Co-director Olivia Neergaard-Holm and … Continue reading

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BLUEBEARD (2017): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

It’s exhilarating to see a woman director like Lee Soo-Youn joining South Korea’s distinctive and stylistically rich neo-noir school of filmmaking. Bluebeard draws from predecessors like Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy, as well as Western mind-game players like David Fincher and Christopher … Continue reading

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RAW (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

French director Julia Ducournau’s latest is a slickly shot, deftly performed horror flick set at what this critic can only imagine is a very non-traditional veterinary school. Upon arrival at school, Justine (a lifelong vegetarian) must endure a week of hazing … Continue reading

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