Set amid rising tensions with the Russians in the 1960s, Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water follows a relationship that buds between Elisa Esposito, a mute janitor at an American Research facility, and an amphibious creature held in captivity by the facility’s head, Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon). Risking their lives, Elisa and her friends… Read More ‘The Shape of Water’: on love that roars in silence
How does one begin to define success? What does it mean to be successful? If there are any questions that The Disaster Artist brings up, it is those. Directed by and starring James Franco, The Disaster Artist — based on a memoir of the same name by Greg Sestero — recounts the making of what… Read More ‘The Disaster Artist’: James Franco pays tribute to the worst film ever made
It is in the unwavering spirit McDormand’s Mildred displays — one as impressive as it is incredibly sad — that the actress soars: as a performer, as a woman, and above all else, as a mother.
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There is something so deeply heartbreaking about the silence with which one carries pain, the consuming numbness that occurs in reaction to the ache that burdens daily existence. And if the struggles adolescents face in today’s unforgiving world aren’t hard enough, they are amplified tenfold when placed in a context of queerness. This is at… Read More ‘Beach Rats’ explores the quiet pains of sexual awakening
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