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TIFF 2017: ‘Mary Shelley’

By: Jessica Goddard Mary Shelley is an appropriately dramatic and sentimental depiction of the early life of 19th century writer Mary Shelley (Elle Fanning), as well as a satisfying exploration of Shelley’s influences in writing her now-classic novel, Frankenstein.  The film focuses heavily on the arc(s) of Mary’s relationship with her eventual husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth);  always emphasizing the ways in which Mary’s famous Gothic novel is affected by the various traumas of…

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The Neon Demon

Nicolas Winding Refn makes something out of nothing with his subversive satire The Neon Demon.  Most movies do the same, but Refn’s latest grabs ahold of seemingly vacuous source material and manages to build a world within it where decisions are outrageously vain and scary but oddly comprehensible.

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The Neon Demon

There’s not much that can be said about recurring themes in Nicolas Winding Refn’s films that hasn’t been said before, but here’s a recap: self-indulgent, hyper violent, misogynist, pretentious, shallow.

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Trumbo

By: Mark Barber Jay Roach’s Trumbo resembles so many “awards season” films.  It’s a mildly politicized, star-studded historical drama that wants you to think it’s more important than it is.  Ultimately, Trumbo lacks ambition and relevance, and feels little more than a weak attempt to pander to Academy voters.

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Maleficent

By: Addison Wylie “I think I liked that movie…” As soon as Maleficent’s credits rolled, those were the lukewarm words that scrolled across my brain like a news ticker reporting a traffic jam at three in the morning.  Robert Stromberg’s reimagining of one of Disney’s villains had me entertained and interested throughout.  But, do modern day revisions have to be this heavy?  This is more of a question directed towards Disney and screenwriter Linda Woolverton. When…