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Swallow Is Hard to Believe, but Harder to Not Watch

Swallow Is Hard to Believe, but Harder to Not Watch

James Jay Edwards reviews Swallow, a psychological thriller about a unique eating disorder, written and directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis, and starring Haley Bennett.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XXX: “The universe is unfolding as it should.”

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, pondering the pandemic and how to calm yourself while facing it.

On Finally Being Seen: Experiencing Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Heather O. Petrocelli shares the cathartic and transformative power of the film Portrait of a Lady on Fire, directed by Céline Sciamma.

Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow Revises The Revisionist Western

James Jay Edwards reviews First Cow, a new movie by Kelly Reichardt that upends the traditional western and tells a heartfelt story about a peculiar friendship set in 1800s Oregon. 

Tuscaloosa’s Disjointed Social Message Doesn’t Distract From Its Enjoyable Quirky Romance

James Jay Edwards reviews Tuscaloosa, a film directed by Philip Harder, adapted from a 1994 novel (of the same name) written by Glasgow Phillips.

Risen Apes: Fortunate Son

S.M. Park’s column Risen Apes about being a 70-year-old boomer. In “Fortunate Son,” Park talks about his family and ponders why they missed his wedding back in 1977. 

James Patterson’s The Postcard Killings Rewards Patient Viewers

James Jay Edwards reviews The Postcard Killings, the latest film adaptation of work written by James Patterson, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Cush Jumbo.

Hope Gap Doesn’t Quite Nail the Emotional Side of Its Divorce Story

James Jay Edwards reviews Hope Gap, a movie about the dissolution of a marriage after 29 years, starring Annette Bening and Bill Nighy.