Reviews and Features

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All Too Well: The Short Film

Written by Alexander Reams 95/100 An Upstate Escape The First Crack in the Glass Are You Real? The Remembering We all dream of that perfect relationship, looking across somewhere and seeing that one person that changes their life, and not even knowing it. Such is the case with the cultural phenomenon, iconic singer/songwriter, and cat…

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Procession

Written by Patrick Hao 74/100 Documentarian Robert Greene has had a career of self-reflexive documentaries that are almost openly hostile to the idea of honesty within the medium. In Kate Plays Christine, a documentary about an actress preparing for the role in a fake movie of a real-life journalist who committed suicide live on air.…

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The Killing of Two Lovers

Written by Michael Clawson 70/100 The Nest in flyover country; tense marriage and family drama dressed up as a crime thriller rather than a horror movie, set amid the barren, snow-dusted streets and fields of small-town Utah in winter rather than the gloomy British countryside. In other words, The Nest meets Wildlife (or Certain Women,…

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The Humans

Written by Patrick Hao 62/100 The number one hackneyed complaint that all critics make about plays adapted into movies is that it is too stagey. Stephen Karam seemed to have taken those criticisms to heart when he decided to adapt his own Tony Award-Winning play, The Humans, into a feature film. Karam’s adaptation opens with…

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Episode 122: Rescreening Letter from an Unknown Woman

“The highest reaches of the actor’s art begin, I believe, at the point where words cease to play a part.” Max Ophüls, Director of Letter from an Unknown Woman Links: Apple Podcasts | Castbox | Deezer | Gaana | Google Podcasts | iHeartRadio | JioSaavn | LibSyn | Player FM | RadioPublic | Spotify |…

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A La Cara (Face to Face)

Written by Alexander Reams 68/100     “I don’t give a shit if you’re sorry.” As a society we treat the people we find entertaining with such disrespect. Especially in this modern age when every “troll” can hide behind the clicks of a keyboard. Such is the case for the “antagonist” of the film, only known…

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Nightmare Alley

Written by Taylor Baker 70/100 Four years on from Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar winning film The Shape of Water he returns to the big screen with Nightmare Alley. A cautionary tale built around Bradley Cooper’s Stan Carlisle, who plays a carny that wants more out of life. After setting fire to a house on a…

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Winter’s Night

Written by Michael Clawson 80/100 “Even when you’re with me, it doesn’t feel like you’re with me,” Eun-joo says to her husband, Heung-joo, near the end of Jang Woo-Jin’s spellbinding Winter’s Night. A late-middle-aged married couple who we meet as they visit the frozen-over landscape of Chuncheon, South Korea in winter, it’s achingly apparent that…

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Being the Ricardos

Written by Taylor Baker 70/100 Being the Ricardos marks renowned screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s third feature film as director and in this writer’s opinion his most complete film to date. With his debut Molly’s Game he showcased his ability to competently present the screenplay he’d written when relying on some of Hollywood’s best actors, in Trial…

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2021 Gotham Awards Wrap Up

Written by Alexander Reams “Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same.” Well, folks, the time has come. Drink in the Movies is back, bringing you awards coverage for the 2021-2022 season, and tonight we begin with the 2021 Gotham Awards, the kickoff of almost every award season.  Unlike most awards shows, I’ll…

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Bitter Rice

Written by Michael Clawson 80/100 Giuseppe De Santis’ Bitter Rice is two great movies woven together for the price of one. The first is a richly detailed neorealist account of seasonal rice-field workers in Northern Italy, and the second, a sensual crime melodrama involving stolen jewelry, lover-swapping, and eventually violent death. Walter and Francesca (Vittorio…

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Capsule Review: The Musician

Written by Patrick Hao 65/100 The only voice in The Musician is through the kamancheh, a traditional Persian string instrument. For a film of 14-minutes long, it necessitates itself to be told through montage, especially for a film with these ambitions. Director Reza Riahi uses paper cutouts to pay tribute to traditional Persian art. The…

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Benedetta

Written by Taylor Baker 80/100 Few director’s filmographies are quite as varied in story and so consistent in theme as Paul Verhoeven. The director of RoboCop and Starship Troopers latest film Benedetta recounts a somewhat heightened version of the story of Sister Benedetta who joined the Pescian Convent in the 1600’s. More commonly known as…

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Encanto

Written by Maria Athayde 80/100 Encanto is the 60th film produced by the Walt Disney Animation Studios and a welcome return to form. This is the best animation put out by Disney since 2016 Zootopia. It is another hit for Lin-Manuel Miranda who has a story credit for the movie.  Encanto is a generational tale…

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House of Gucci

Written by Taylor Baker 50/100 House of Gucci marks Ridley Scott’s second film of 2021 after his box office failure but critical success The Last Duel in October. It’s also his second film this year built around the actions of Adam Driver, who plays Maurizio Gucci. The films story and events are based on the…

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