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Ethan B. Reichsman

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Film

‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Pairs Tragedy and Black Comedy

By establishing a world with bizarre characters and twisted logic, Lanthimos is able to mine the drawn-out, if inevitable, build-up to a dramatic conclusion for an equal measure of laughs and chills.

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Film

With ‘Un Beau Soleil Intérieur’, Denis Takes Light Hearted Stroll Down Lover’s Lane

Denis manages to create a world far more similar to reality than most romantic comedies, one full of genuine awkwardness and mishaps and no dramatic conclusion.

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Film

Moments Shine In ‘Jupiter’s Moon’ but the Film Does Not

Aryan can fly. No one knows how, or why, but not only can the lead character of Kornél Mundruczó’s “Jupiter’s Moon” rise above the ground, he is practically invulnerable.

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Film

‘120 Battements par Minute’ is Still Too Slow

Much of what could be boring in “120 Battements par Minute (120 Beats per Minute),” written, edited, and directed by Robin Campillo, is not.

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Film

‘Okja’ a Heartfelt and Colorful Satire

Bong Joon-ho’s latest feature follows the titular, genetically modified pig and her human caretaker Mija (Seo Hyun Ahn) through the world of corporate greed and animal–rights activism.

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Film

'Visages Villages' a Playful Passing of the Torch

Not only is it clear that the brilliant and playful mind that has made Varda into the living legend of cinema that she is remains undimmed, but she has found for us a new guard, ready to step into the light.

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Film

Cannes Par Jour: A Blog

There is very little one can do to be fully prepared for his or her first Cannes.

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Film

‘Loveless’ a Scattered yet Powerful Shot at Human Institutions

One of the key lines of the film, uttered by Zhenya’s new lover, states simply, “Lovelessness: one cannot live in that state.” By the conclusion, this state takes on the meaning of state as government.

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Film

‘Wonderstruck’ an Aesthetically Stuffed but Enchanting Tale of Childhood

Although clichéd, the story finds room for genuine warmth and sweetness, and is worth a watch for any family.

Film

'Prevenge' Slashes Taboos, Throats

Ruth, the protagonist, is being guided in her rampage by her unborn daughter. The mastermind behind her killing spree is a surprisingly articulate fetus.

Music

Dirty Projectors’ Latest Is Immersive, if Self-Indulgent

“Dirty Projectors” is the first album released by the band since frontman David Longstreth and his longtime partner Amber Coffman broke up, and that loss makes itself felt on every song.

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Books

‘Flâneuse’ is a Delightfully Aimless Look at Aimlessness

Is flânerie, this art of idling, possible for women? Can a woman walk through city streets, unobserved but always observing? Is there such a thing as a flâneuse?

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Arts

Cultural Rhythms Celebrates Diversity with Energy and Grace

The diversity and talent of Harvard College was on full display Saturday evening at the Harvard Foundation’s 32nd Cultural Rhythms show. The show—part of a whole week of dialogue around race, ethnicity, and gender—featured many of Harvard’s cultural performance groups.

Film

In ‘After the Storm,’ Every Moment is a Discovery

Nothing much happens in “After the Storm,” a family drama written and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, but this never seems to matter: It is less a story than a journey for the audience to get to know the characters.

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Arts

2017 Oscars Predictions

Will "La La Land" sweep in the 2017 Academy Awards?