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The Dream I Dreamed

The Dream I Dreamed

Les Miserables by Hope Madden “Remember this, my friends. There is no such thing as bad plants or bad men. There are only bad cultivators.” Victor Hugo penned those words…read more →

Have Mercy

Have Mercy

Clemency by Hope Madden Alfre Woodard has primarily provided crucial supporting turns in film and television since 1978. With writer/director Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, Woodard delivers an astonishing lead turn as…read more →

Going on a Trip

Going on a Trip

The Wave by Brandon Thomas For a split second there in the early 2000s, Justin Long seem primed for stardom: Jeepers Creepers, Dodgeball, Drag Me to Hell and Live Free…read more →

In the Name of the Son

In the Name of the Son

Three Christs by Hope Madden “Three grown men who believe they are Jesus Christ—it’s almost comical,” reads Bradley Whitford’s Clyde, a Ypsilanti mental patient who happens to be one of…read more →

Parentification

Parentification

Mickey and the Bear by Christie Robb In a nuanced coming-of-age story, writer/director Annabelle Attanasio delicately maps the rocky emotional landscape of  high-school student Mickey Peck (Camila Morrone). Mickey balances…read more →

Lady in Red

Lady in Red

In Fabric by Hope Madden My last note after watching In Fabric: “Well, that was weird.” Weird in a good way. Nobody blends giallo’s surrealistic seduction with dry British wit…read more →

Time and Tide

Time and Tide

Waves by Hope Madden “Seize the day,” Tyler’s (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) literature teacher reminds each student as they leave her classroom. In a constant loop during weight training, Tyler’s wrestling…read more →

Do You Remember Me?

Do You Remember Me?

Frankie by Hope Madden A loosely structured day-in-the-life, writer/director Ira Sachs’s Frankie drops in on a family vacation in lovely Sintra, Portugal. It’s a posh event, no doubt, but the…read more →