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Moonlight and Teeth

Moonlight and Teeth

The Other Lamb by Hope Madden The first step toward freedom is telling your own story. Writer C.S. McMullen and director Malgorzata Szumowska tell this one really well. Between McMullen’s…read more →

Unwanted Guests

Unwanted Guests

Under the Shadow by Hope Madden A few years back, Aussie filmmaker Jennifer Kent unleashed the brilliant and devastating single parent nightmare, The Babadook. As much subtext as text, the…read more →

New Coat of Paint

New Coat of Paint

Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Hope Madden Celine Sciamma follows up the vitally of-the-moment indie Girlhood with this breathy, painterly period romance only to clarify that she is…read more →

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 →