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Columbus (2017)

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When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother. With its naturalistic rhythms and empathy for the complexities of families, debut director Kogonada's COLUMBUS unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation. With strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes, COLUMBUS is also a showcase for its director's striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions.

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Something not merely impressive, but in every respect a surprise.

June 15, 2017 | Full Review…

"Columbus" is one of the rare films in which nerdy intelligence-knowledge without experience-comes off without neurosis, comedic awkwardness, or vengeance.

January 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Lovely and tender, marking Kogonada as an auteur to watch.

January 30, 2017 | Full Review…

The impressive range and carefully planned progression of Kogonada's formal ideas would be quite useless if they weren't in function of a story worth telling.

January 27, 2017 | Full Review…

A film with precise lines that captures very imprecise human emotions.

January 26, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a lovely debut.

January 24, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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