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Days and Nights

Days and Nights

Every Chekhov adaptation presents unhappiness in its own way, albeit typically at a country house where a tense family gathering exposes each character’s underlying discontent. Loosely based on The Seagull, writer/director Christian Camargo’s debut feature, Days and Nights, unfolds during Memorial Day 1984, when Reagan’s

Beaufort

Beaufort

In war movies of the post-Vietnam era, it’s not uncommon for filmmakers to make foreign landscapes seem surreal, mirroring the disorientation troops feel on alien soil. Writer/director Joseph Cedar has taken it a step further, imbuing real combat with the aura of science fiction. The

The Duchess

The Duchess

There’s a refined gentility to The Duchess, a regal reticence that mirrors the manners of the eighteenth century English nobility it so carefully undresses. Even in moments of immense emotional turmoil, director Saul Dibb maintains a cinematic rectitude, and always keeps the film on an

To KIll a Man

To Kill a Man

From the opening moments in a tranquil forest where Jorge (Daniel Candia) works as a caretaker, Alejandro Fernández Almedras infuses To Kill a Man with his quiet reticence. A careful, self-contained man, he’s unnerved by a brawny bully, who taunts and robs Jorge as he

The Congress

The Congress

In the strangest case of actors playing a version of themselves since Being John Malkovich, Robin Wright mines her cinematic history for The Congress. Part Hollywood satire, part trippy animation (inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress), Ari Folman’s head-spinning rumination questions the hidden cost