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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Twilight

Stephenie Meyer’s swooning 2005 young adult novel, told from the perspective of a Bella Swan who sees herself as a geeky duckling, reaches past the postmodern irony of Buffy the Vampire Slayer to embrace Victorian-era romance. It’s all about forbidden love and keeping those overwhelming

Room on the Broom

The ever-so-slightly fractured fairy tale Room on the Broom is pure delight, like the bubbly laugh of the witch (voice of Gillian Anderson) who collects a menagerie of unlikely traveling companions. With a dash of drollery, Simon Pegg crisply narrates the text of Julia Donaldson’s

Beautiful People

Two men on a crowded London bus suddenly recognize each other and begin a brawl that will land them in side-by-side hospital beds. Once neighbors in a small Bosnian town, this Serb and Croat grew into bitter enemies, and their hatred remains intact even after

Howl

A mash-up of docudrama, animation, and literature, Howl is a bold attempt to explore the impact of a seminal poem and the writer who burst forth from its creation. In their first non-documentary film, the team of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman create a mixed

XXY

“If I’m so special,” increasingly defiant teenager Alex (Inés Efron) asks her father, “why can’t I talk about it?” Kraken (Ricardo Darín) cannot quite articulate to Alex why he’s so intensely protective. After all, this marine biologist with a passionate streak for preserving endangered species