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The Neon Demon Doesn’t Know When to Quit

By Christian Hamaker on June 24, 2016

Style struggles to triumph over substance. Does it succeed?

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Sunset Song Sure Is Something to See

By Christian Hamaker on May 20, 2016

Gloriously old-fashioned and visually stunning.

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Jazz Biopic Battle Goes to Baker

By Christian Hamaker on April 8, 2016

Miles Davis may have been a more skilled trumpeter than Chet Baker, but the West Coast legend is the focus of the superior biopic.

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With ‘Knight of Cups,’ Have We Already Seen the Best Film of 2016?

By Christian Hamaker on March 11, 2016

Terrence Malick’s style may have reached its apex with this story of spiritual struggle.

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A Longing for Something More Suffuses Only Yesterday

By Christian Hamaker on February 26, 2016

A delicately told early entry from Studio Ghibli gets an American release.

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The Top 20 Films of 2015

By Christian Hamaker on December 31, 2015

Counting down the year’s 20 best films.

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Middleburg Film Festival Puts Spotlight on Church Scandal

By Christian Hamaker on October 30, 2015

Faith, truth and belief fuel a strong slate of films at an up-and-coming festival.

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Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet Can’t Transcend a Tired Framing Story

By Christian Hamaker on August 21, 2015

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is uneven, but in its best moments, the film is captivating.

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Mavis! Closes AFI Docs Festival With a Gospel Shout

By Christian Hamaker on June 24, 2015

Highlights from Days 4 and 5 of the AFI Docs documentary film festival.

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Anger, Artistry Characterize AFI Docs Audience Award Winner

By Christian Hamaker on June 23, 2015

A look at highlights from Day 3 at the AFI Docs documentary film festival.

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