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Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Scary Movies XI

By Roger Costa BLOOD PARADISE A writer interrupts her sex-filled vacation with her boyfriend in order to seek inspiration for the sequel of her best-selling horror book that inspired and

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Escaping Their Conditions Through Personal Observations

By Roger Costa WE THE ANILMALS Seen through the eyes of the youngest boy of a dysfunctional family, and his two brothers, this lyrical, visually-arresting drama scores high with its

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Young Rebels with Many Causes

By Roger Costa NIGHT COMES ON A young African-American girl leaves detention and battles to put together the pieces she left behind. Her main concern is to locate her missing

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A moral puzzle, haunting poetry and death impersonator

By Roger Costa NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE After the tremendous success of Oscar winning director Asghar Farhadi, Iranian filmmakers have been working efficiently to give new shape and design to

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MoMA’s The Future of Film is Female

By Roger Costa REVENGE An instant cult classic, director Coralie Fargeat’s aggressively inventive debut is also one of the most visually daring films of the year. Its vigorous imagery, blend

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When Sensibility meets Brutality

By Roger Costa THE THIRD MURDER For the past two decades, Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda has been examining family topics and issues, sensible stories about deep feelings centered on the

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Men seek Inspiration, Justice and Easy Money

By Roger Costa GAUGUIN A complete, versatile and internationally renowned actor, Vincent Cassel gives the most passionate performance of his career as the utopian, poetic, bohemian French painter who escaped

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Controlling Ambitions, Family Issues and Desires

By Roger Costa A SKIN SO SOFT Prolific Canadian filmmaker Denis Côté’s intimate and inclusive portrait of several bodybuilders facing a new challenge is an alarming account on willpower, addiction

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Dealing with Tragedy, Revenge and Smugglers

By Roger Costa NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL Giving all of herself, delivering a career-changing, Oscar-caliber performance, Scottish actress Shirley Henderson plays a woman suffering of Parkinson’s disease as she battles

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Heartaches, Political Traumas, Memories and Greed

By Roger Costa THE YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEN Tender, funny and unpredictable, Lea Thompson’s directorial debut is a family collaborative work. It reunites her two real-life daughters, Zoey and Madelyn

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Virtues from the Past and Some Community’s Teamwork

By Roger Costa ZOO Three 12 year-old embark on a dangerous journey to save a baby elephant, the last animal survivor from a cruel Nazi order to destroy all the

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Fables of these unsettling Modern Days

By Roger Costa Premiering some exciting and entertaining new productions, the annual festival Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2018, promoted by Istituto Luce Cinecittà and Film Society of Lincoln Center,

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Accepting the Unexpected Changes in Life

By Roger Costa SUMMER 1993 A girl observes a woman in bed, contemplating the absence of a mother figure; Moments later, that woman embraces the girl, during her sleep, as

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Risking Everything to Reach a Higher Point

By Roger Costa RUNNING AFTER In Brazilian slang,”sete um”, (literally, seven one) is a term used to identify someone with the distinguished talent of convincing, persuading, tricking another to reach

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Some Male Lovers Existential Crisis

By Roger Costa THE DAY AFTER A man hides out in the park where he pours out in tears; he’s in trouble, an apparent heartache, a strong desire he can’t

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