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“Evil Does Not Exist”: A tranquil coasting across the vanity of mankind

“Evil Does Not Exist”: A tranquil coasting across the vanity of mankind

Sam Mroz, Asst. Arts & Life Editor October 22, 2023

An idyllic Japanese village stokes the fire of morality as “Evil Does Not Exist” effortlessly shows the harm of systemic invasion and personal abuse. Locals are content in an undisturbed community...

“Sweet Dreams”: A biting perspective on colonization that stings and surprises

“Sweet Dreams”: A biting perspective on colonization that stings and surprises

Claire Tweedie, Arts & Life Editor October 22, 2023

Buried under an overwhelming tone of hatred and satire, “Sweet Dreams” is a critical look at Dutch colonization and how our history continues to impact our present. While the narrative has a visually...

“Monster”: A quiet look at the complexity of boyhood and the monsters behind it

“Monster”: A quiet look at the complexity of boyhood and the monsters behind it

Claire Tweedie, Arts & Life Editor October 22, 2023

“Monster” is a misleading title for a gentle drama that will leave you sobbing, even as you admire its beauty and intricacy. Director Hirokazu Koreeda succeeds once again in crafting an ambling masterpiece...

“La Chimera: Grave robbing plays as pastime to a dense reflection of lost love

“La Chimera”: Grave robbing plays as pastime to a dense reflection of lost love

Sam Mroz, Asst. Arts & Life Editor October 22, 2023

“La Chimera” is a story of shackles, as tender performances expose a deep yearning for the past and the crushing weight it levels on life thereafter. Following a recently paroled grave robber named...

“Lost Country”: Politics and family come together in a story built on social unrest

“Lost Country”: Politics and family come together in a story built on social unrest

Sam Mroz, Asst. Arts and Life Editor October 22, 2023

Framing a Serbian protest within the borders of youth, “Lost Country” walks a thin line between family and national ideology, building to an end of melancholic design. In 1990s Serbia, plagued by civil...

“Zone of Interest”: A resonant moral probing of evil and its subtle cultural imprints

“Zone of Interest”: A resonant moral probing of evil and its subtle cultural imprints

Sam Mroz, Asst. Arts & Life Editor October 22, 2023

Tracking a household of Nazi loyalists through the conventions of daily life, Jonathon Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest” is a palpable jab at sin and the human core that provokes it. Set just outside...

“The Boy and the Heron” review: A boy and a bird graciously sing Miyazaki’s swan song to cinema

“The Boy and the Heron” review: A boy and a bird graciously sing Miyazaki’s swan song to cinema

Sam Mroz, Asst. Arts & Life Editor October 15, 2023

Moving through themes of faith, mortality and creation, Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron” offers a radiant study of life through the eyes of pure adolescents, a hallmark of his work told in...

“Rustin” review: History falls flat in over-ambitious and underwhelming dramatization

“Rustin” review: History falls flat in over-ambitious and underwhelming dramatization

Claire Tweedie, Arts & Life Editor October 15, 2023

“Rustin” is a well-intentioned attempt at a biographical drama successfully rooted in history but too overwhelmingly energetic to dig those same roots in reality. The jazzy soundtrack and 1960s stylization...

“The People’s Joker” review: Putting clown makeup on a story of identity and calling it a parody

“The People’s Joker” review: Putting clown makeup on a story of identity and calling it a parody

Claire Tweedie, Arts & Life Editor October 15, 2023

Using Batman villains as metaphors for queer identity, “The People’s Joker” is an unsuspecting, coming-of-age film utilizing the parody genre to mask its true intent. Director and writer Vera Drew...

“Poor Things” review: A technicolor take on oddity and identity

“Poor Things” review: A technicolor take on oddity and identity

Claire Tweedie, Arts & Life Editor October 15, 2023

Eccentrically curious and undoubtedly crude, “Poor Things” is an odd journey of self-discovery that boasts just enough substance amid the psychedelic style to make it a worthy watch. Director Yorgos...

“Eric Larue” review: Shoddy artistry upends an otherwise novel story of tragedy and faith

“Eric Larue” review: Shoddy artistry upends an otherwise novel story of tragedy and faith

Sam Mroz, Asst. Arts & Life Editor October 15, 2023

The directorial debut of notable actor Michael Shannon, “Eric Larue” tiptoes around the crisis of a school shooting, too afraid to step into a space of meaningful commentary. Following a couple trying...

CIFF volunteer experience positive for film students, cinephiles alike

Nate Burleyson, Asst. Sports Editor October 28, 2019

During the Chicago International Film Festival, there are lots of big-picture things set far ahead. Running a large festival like the one in Chicago, which concluded its 55th rendition of the fest on Sunday...

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