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Reality Queen!

Meet London Logo (Julia Faye West), an arrogant heiress who has somehow found fame for being present.  At one time, her elegance was popular.  But now, she clings on to any shred of attention by releasing music, an autobiography, and rebooting an on-air partnership with partygoer Rochelle Ritzy (Shelli Boone).  The pressure for relevance stems from her fear of being pushed out by trendy, big-bootied celebrity, Kristy Kim (Candace Kita).  As journalist Diana Smelt-Marlin (Kate…

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Cunningham

With Cunningham, director Alla Kovgan has made a biographical documentary about deceased choreographer Merce Cunningham that, I believe, he would’ve been happy with.  The tribute has been tailor-made to emulate his unique style of dance and movement;  from the individual dance reenactments directed with precision by Jennifer Goggans to Kovgan’s tour of Cunningham’s career through curated interviews from performers he worked with in his dance company.

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Luba

Caley Wilson’s Luba explores the intersection of single motherhood, addiction, and abuse.  While its heart is in the right place, Luba struggles to give equal and equitable attention to all of these issues, earnestly yet questionably prioritizing some over others.

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Airplane Mode

Airplane Mode made me feel old.  Not because I didn’t recognize most of the YouTubers that fill out the cast, but because I was constantly startled and taken aback by the film’s hyper and annoying immaturity.

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Bombshell

In 2016, Fox News almost came unraveled in a few days as its CEO, Roger Ailes, was accused of sexual harassment before being forced to resign.  The story of Ailes’ journey from creating the most successful American news channel to death might well be a fascinating one, but a deft hand is needed to do it (see: Addison Wylie’s review of Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes).  Unfortunately, director Jay Roach (HBO’s Recount and Game Change) does…

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A Hidden Life

Terrence Malick is a fascinating oddity of cinema.  After making two highly acclaimed features in the 1970s, he disappeared for two decades before returning sporadically until the 2010s, when he suddenly completed six features at a rapid-fire pace.  This sudden burst of productivity did have a negative effect however.  When a new Malick film was reviewed every handful of years, his visionary filmmaking style was exciting.  However, getting a new one every year makes the…