Everything Is Horrible: The Movies!

Editor’s note: We need your help! Support content like this by becoming a Reader member here. Hey, you know how everything is almost too easy and too good right now? How every time you turn on the news or bob-for-memes in the swamp of Twitter, things are just obnoxiously, relentlessly cheerful and happy? Don’t worry! Two new […]

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Airy Dairy

Editor’s note: We need your help! Support content like this by becoming a Reader member here. “Deliberate” is what you call something that would be boring if anybody but a really, super-good artist made it. First Cow is a deliberate meditation that puts the “lazy” in laissez faire. As she has with her previous films, genius […]

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Grief: The Punk Rock, 8-Bit Video Game

Because it has been around for just a little bit, saying something about death in a new way is kinda hard. Fact check me, but I’m pretty sure We Are Little Zombies is the first time grief has been processed through a hallucinatory, 8-bit RPG and trash-glam-punk-rock musical. Writer/director Makoto Nagahisa’s cinematic riot is nonchalantly […]

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Truth in the Title

What’s a word that describes the feeling of being overwhelmingly depressed and inspired at the same time? American, maybe? Whatever the precise term, that’s how director Dawn Porter’s new documentary, John Lewis: Good Trouble, will make you feel. This lean but comprehensive look at the titular Congressman’s six decades spent fighting this country’s smorgasbord of […]

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Shirley, You Jest?

I’m by no means a disciple of the Church of Shirley Jackson, which is a religion I just invented for non-tax evasion purposes—suck it, Xenu! However, I’ve read enough of the Gothic author to know she doesn’t deserve a paint-by-numbers biopic, unless all the paint is black. Appropriately, although centered in facts about the real-life […]

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Dollars and Incensed

Clearly, if America needs anything right now, it’s more stuff to be mad at and worried about! If you’ve finished the appetizer that is our ongoing pandemic and would like a side of economic injustice to go with the entrée of racial inequity America is maybe/kinda/sorta ready to finally eat, chow down on Capital in […]

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Grandma Got Ran Over By a Gang War

With an opening that evokes a somehow unproblematic Quentin Tarantino or more humble Edgar Wright, writer/director Sasie Sealy’s Lucky Grandma is immediately “on.” Quiet visual cues shout character qualities like a megaphone pressed to an eardrum. With her slouched posture and cigarette always seemingly about to leap to its death from the corner of her […]

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Antique Roadshow: The Movie!

Sex, violence, and groundbreaking cinematography are among the many, many things that The Booksellers is not selling. Sorry, but they just sell books. It’s right there in the title. Actually, because this is a documentary “exposing” the decidedly un-seedy underbelly of New York rare book collectors, purveyors, and auctioneers, it isn’t even really selling you […]

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