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The 355: Tomorrow Never Ends, by David Bax

Generally, unless it’s from a director with whose work I already have a negative association, I try to enter into every movie with hope and optimism. So, in the opening scene of Simon Kinberg’s The 355, when the movie introduces...

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The Lost Daughter: Solo Trip, by David Bax

Fans of Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel The Lost Daughter might be disappointed to learn that there are no Italians in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s new film adaptation. But there are Brits, Greeks and at least one Irishman (plus a couple of Americans)...

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Nightmare Alley: Sad but True, by David Bax

Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley is, to be clear, not a remake of Edmund Goulding’s 1947 film but rather another adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel. The hallmarks of noir fiction–a dissatisfied man cast his scruples aside and attempts...

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Red Rocket: I’m with You, by David Bax

Sean Baker has been directing for over twenty years but he made his name with two Los Angeles movies, 2012’s Starlet and 2015’s landmark Tangerine. After those, he departed for the lesser explored parts of greater Orlando, Florida with 2017’s...

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France: Le Vide, by David Bax

In Bruno Dumont’s France, France (both the title character and the country in which the film is primarily set) is always gorgeously well-appointed. France (Léa Seydoux) traverses modernist homes, luxurious resorts and state-of-the-art television studios. Similarly, she is always done...