Peg Aloi

Film Reviews: Sundance 2024 Dispatch #2 – Nature Heals

February 12, 2024
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Nature has long been a perennial topic for cinema and, given the escalation of the climate crisis, the environmental context of these three fine films feels particularly urgent and poignant.

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Film Review: Sundance 2024 — Dispatch #1, Life, Death, and Daring

February 7, 2024
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Three sure-handed debut movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, including a documentary directed by Lucy Lawless and features from Thea Hvistendahl and Jack Begert.

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Film Review: “Origin” — A Map of Human Suffering

January 20, 2024
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The breadth and intimacy of “Origin”‘s vision — the personal becomes the historical — is stunning, a searing portrait of collective trauma and the dark ideas that propel it.

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Television Review: “True Detective: Night Country” — In the Bleak Midwinter

January 13, 2024
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When the identities of the guilty are finally revealed in this new season of a superb “True Detective,” it is terrifying and glorious.

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Film Review: “Society of the Snow” — Unspeakable Tragedy, Unstoppable Survival

January 7, 2024
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This is an epic, breathtakingly moving, and unforgettable film about an elemental fight against cold, starvation, and fear.

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Film Review: “All of Us Strangers” — It’s a Lonely, Lonely, Lonely, Lonely World

January 1, 2024
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No spoilers here about what lies beneath the film’s dreamy layers of story, but some viewers will find the narrative pulling them helplessly forward, sucked into a maelstrom of pain and trauma and love and regret and memory.

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Film Review: “Wonka” — Chocolate, Sweet and Dark

December 15, 2023
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In a world that at times seems to have turned sour and colorless, “Wonka” brings much needed sweetness and beauty, making it a perfect diversion for the holiday season.

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Film Review: “May December” — Tabloid Romance

November 19, 2023
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The scenario may seem a bit too meta, but in director Todd Haynes’ deft hands, the tonal complexities of ” May December” are quite dizzying to behold.

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Book Review: Anna Biller’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” — Imprisoned by Toxic Masculinity

November 10, 2023
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“Bluebeard’s Castle” is a sexy but subversive romance novel steeped in Gothic imagery.

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Film Review: “Priscilla” — Tender, Treacherous Youth

November 6, 2023
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The film beautifully captures a dreamy-nightmare aesthetic, suggesting that Priscilla’s life with Elvis was turbulent roller coaster of romantic highs and materialistic hollowness.

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