• Zander Kim

    The Antihero Allure

    Trouble with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    November 30, 2017
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    In the past two years, popular television and film have seen a thematic shift from despicable antiheroes to warmhearted stories about likable people, perhaps as a counter against current events. NBC’s sophomore series This is Us, a family drama, and ABC’s freshman show The Good Doctor, a medical drama that focuses on an autistic surgeon, […]

    Disaster in ’50s Dreamland

    Suburbicon is Suburbibad

    November 1, 2017
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    George Clooney is a prolific actor and a respected director, who, since his first film behind the camera in 2002, the well-received Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, has directed exactly one film every three years. Clooney is assuredly quite selective with his projects, which makes his newest release, Suburbicon, a film about a picture-perfect white […]

    We’re All in Moonee’s World

    Living Like Children in The Florida Project

    October 18, 2017
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    A child’s imagination is magical, even in uninspiring places. For six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), that place is in central Florida, near the enchanting Disney World. Living with her unmotivated, single mother Halley (played by first-time actress Bria Vinaite) in a pink and purple tawdry motel ironically named the Magic Castle, Moonee transforms the lower-class streets […]

    Boston Strong?

    Hometown Hero Struggles in ‘Stronger

    September 27, 2017
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    What makes a hero, and who decides who is one? Director David Gordon Green sets out to answer this question in Stronger, which follows Jeff Bauman, a resident of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, who lost his legs from the knees down in the terrorist bombings of the Boston Marathon in 2013. Based on Bauman’s autobiography of the […]