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Jordan M. Smith

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100% The War Show (2016) With a dreamy sense of living in the moment ... The War Show reminds us that there are indeed living, breathing, and loving individuals just trying their best to endure this war-torn time period in their homeland.‐ Ion Cinema
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88% Hermia & Helena (2017) Camila's romantic whimsy and casual curiosity about the past ultimately leads to an unearthing of deep seeded, unexpected emotion within Hermia & Helena, signaling a new level of artistic maturity for Piñeiro and his regular collaborators.‐ Ion Cinema
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92% Into the Inferno (2016) Unsurprisingly, Into The Inferno turns out to be less about the science behind volcanology than about the infinite philosophical inquiries that have ruptured from the souls of those who live in close proximity to them. ‐ Ion Cinema
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94% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) What cuts through the judicial fog and lines the undercarriage of the obviously misguided political attack on Abacus ... is a deeper question: What exactly are the societal functions of financial institutions in today's world?‐ Ion Cinema
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94% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) Ripe with Jacobs' more relevant than ever before insight and woven with her winningly abrasive personality, Tyrnauer's archive heavy construction is as rich and rewarding as the cities his subject once dreamed of.‐ Ion Cinema
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No Score Yet JT + The Tennessee Kids (2016) A powder keg of jubilant musical performance and meticulously plotted documentary storytelling.‐ Ion Cinema
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96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Touching on the importance of friends and family, the temporality of memories, and the photographic process itself, this is a surprisingly light, but sure footed ode to a fellow image maker.‐ Ion Cinema
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83% Amanda Knox (2016) Smart enough to ask its viewers why exactly they're finding so much enjoyment in watching this horror show unfold, this is true crime done right.‐ Ion Cinema
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65% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) It is a bit heady and purposefully experimental in its formal structure or lack there-of, but Paul Atkins' jaw-dropping nature cinematography and Malick's expansive vision of life's creation is wholly original, if lovably harebrained.‐ Ion Cinema
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No Score Yet América (2018) América reverberates with deep emotion as it explores the power and limits of caring for ailing loved ones on the homefront...‐ Senses of Cinema
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96% Bisbee '17 (2018) The play between past and present political predicaments of immigration, unionisation and corporate corruption piercingly resonate thanks to Greene's ingenious sense of staging...‐ Senses of Cinema
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99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Neville's film proves that despite an aesthetic approach that mimics its subject's vintage gentility, if one is keen to read between the lines, politically profound ideas ... might be at play in even the most wholesome of places.‐ Senses of Cinema
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No Score Yet Kinshasa Makambo (2018) Kinshasa Makambo daringly depicts the resistance as a fractured assemblage of discordant voices - including the filmmaker himself - at once forlorn and unfaltering.‐ Senses of Cinema
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98% Free Solo (2018) Stunningly filmed and filled with compelling personalities, Free Solo is centered around a monumental act of unfathomable strength and will that even existentially obsessed Werner Herzog would be proud of.‐ Nonfics
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No Score Yet L. Cohen (2018) Benning seems to be merely attempting to document his personal experience of witnessing such a miraculous natural event, and miraculous it is indeed.‐ Nonfics
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79% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2018) Stunningly shot in black and white in a quietly mobile observational style, the film conjures a heartrending sense of community while depicting a heartbreaking lack of opportunity and equality.‐ Nonfics
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59% American Dharma (2018) Though many would argue that Morris' approach to reckoning with the right by giving Bannon an outlet to spread his rhetoric is a misguided mistake, I see it as an opportunity to try to understand one's enemy as a means of self-defense.‐ Nonfics
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81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Fahrenheit 11/9 is both a deeply moving, darkly funny state-of-the-nation address and a brash rallying cry that looks to young activists like David Hogg and Emma González for hope in a world currently ruled with astonishing apathy.‐ Nonfics
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86% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Wiseman's stoic observational style does indeed paint an accurate portrait of small-town America where gun ownership and a firm belief in Christianity is expected, but in this instance, it doesn't necessarily make for compelling cinema.‐ Nonfics
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80% Braguino (2017) Shot with absolutely outstanding rigor by cinematographer Sylvain Verdet and edited with a taut sense of pacing by Pauline Gaillard that gives the film the feel of a thriller passed through a prism of fairytale ambiance.‐ Nonfics
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86% The Feeling of Being Watched (2018) An astounding, disheartening and occasionally messy bit of docu-journalism, The Feeling Of Being Watched feels like a profound act of patriotism poised to make waves.‐ Nonfics
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100% Yours in Sisterhood (2018) Simple in construction ...  Yours In Sisterhood builds a quiet power as stories grow more personal and scarily resonate with contemporary issues of feminism and representation.‐ Nonfics
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No Score Yet Dreaming Murakami (2018) Just under an hour in length, Dreaming Murakami packs a lot of big ideas and impressive formal experiments into its tantalizingly belletristic little package.‐ Nonfics
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No Score Yet The End of Fear (2018) Visser struggles to invent ways to animate the story of an iconically inanimate work of art, but the attempt is spirited and entertaining nonetheless.‐ Nonfics
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67% Mrs. Fang (2017) Unflinchingly eyes death and allows the awkward family dynamics that play out in anticipation of its arrival to cascade in flowering long takes ... a slog to endure, but puts forth worthy questions to mull for months to come.‐ Nonfics
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96% One of Us (2017) Ewing and Grady impart no judgement, but rather allow their subjects to reveal a self composed critique of the Hasidic community in which they were raised via an anxiously tailing camera that acts as both fly on the wall and confessional.‐ Nonfics
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98% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) What at first seems like a comedic look behind the curtain of Hollywood history builds to become a mesmerizing live-wire examination of the boundaries between artistic expression and sanity.‐ Nonfics
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100% Love Means Zero (2017) So much more than just an archival-heavy career spanning retrospective of the coach's continuously alienating habit of cutting all emotional cords and merely moving on when new potential offers itself up.‐ Nonfics
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99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) At once a youthful cine-collage and a road movie mapped out like origami folding out in all directions and then back in on itself in search of something new and old at once, Faces, Places is a masterwork of sublime simplicity.‐ Nonfics
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97% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Utilizing his tried and true observational style and free flowing durational scope, Wiseman demonstrates just how pivotal libraries remain as cultural touchstones and access points for all human knowledge.‐ Nonfics
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No Score Yet Life to Come (La vie à venir) (2015) Visually and aurally stunning in its intimacy, this quiet portrait of life struggling to find its way into the world is a remarkable debut that makes Capanna a talent to keep our eyes on.‐ Nonfics
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90% Brimstone & Glory (2017) There is no denying that this is a wholly original, immensely pleasurable experience that has no qualms about its lack of intellectualizing.‐ Nonfics
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78% Edith+Eddie (2017) Edith+Eddie examines the psychic repercussions of familial estrangement to devastating effect.‐ Nonfics
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94% The Cage Fighter (2018) Beautifully lensed and warmly characterized, it's essentially a nonfiction take on The Wrestler.‐ Nonfics
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100% Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 (2017) What's most fascinating is its interest not in the exhumed mystery of murderous guilt, but of the moral quandaries that one might face when actively serving out one's democratic duties as an American.‐ Nonfics
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73% The Challenge (2017) The Challenge follows the mind-boggling excesses of Arab aristocracy with the same biting exactitude we've come to expect from Ancarani. ‐ Nonfics
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91% Rat Film (2017) Rat Film embraces an off-kilter essayistic form that digs through the city's legislative history of systematic segregation...‐ Nonfics
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100% Miss Kiet's Children (2017) Quiet and cute, but big hearted and bold in its serene handling of the immigrant experience, Miss Kiet's Children may have been my personal favorite.‐ Nonfics
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