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EMPIRE OF LIGHT

Sam Mendes fills his superbly cast, deeply personal drama with surprises, all emerging from a cinema in a working-class town in 1980s England. Hilary (Olivia Colman, in another knockout performance) is a single woman who runs the ticket booth,…

GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY

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OPENING NIGHT US CINEMA US 2022, 139 min, Director: Rian Johnson Let’s just say that Rian Johnson has outdone himself in his wonderful new Knives Out (MVFF42) romp, bringing together a to-die-for ensemble of actors who portray…

TOWN DESTROYER

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MIND THE GAP | DOCS US 2022, 55 min, Director: Alan Snitow, Deborah Kaufman Is art’s role to provoke or placate? What happens when it no longer reflects current societal views? These questions and many more were the subject of hot debate…

TILL

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CENTERPIECEMIND THE GAP AWARD • CREATIVITY & TRUTH   MIND THE GAP | US CINEMA US 2022, 130 min, Director: Chinonye Chukwu Visually striking and moving, Till centers the story of Emmett Till through the experience of his mother, Mamie…

THE YOUNG VOTE

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TRAILBLAZERS | ACTIVE CINEMA | MIND THE GAP | DOCS US 2022, 67 min, Director: Diane Robinson As the United States teeters toward theocracy, it is painfully clear that the stakes in the upcoming midterm elections are nothing short of the life,…

THE WHALE

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TRIBUTE TO BRENDAN FRASER SPIRIT | US CINEMA US 2022, 117 min, Director: Darren Aronofsky Hinging on a career-defining performance from Brendan Fraser, The Whale is an emotionally resonant tour de force, by turns funny and devastating. Fraser…

THE SON

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WORLD UK, US, France 2022, 123 min, Director: Florian Zeller Writer-director Florian Zeller returns with an adaptation of the second play in his family trilogy, which — like his 2020 Oscar®-winning film The Father (MVFF43) —examines the…

THE LOST KING

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WORLD UK 2022, 108 min, Director: Stephen Frears In 2004, Philippa Langley (Sally Hawkins, Spencer, MVFF44) takes her son to see a production of Richard III. She becomes intrigued by the story of the malformed king who, per Shakespeare’s play,…

HI DE HO SHOW

CREATE | US CINEMA 90 min, Director: John Goddard The Hi De Ho Show is back! In this only-at-MVFF tradition, host and maestro John Goddard curates and comments on music clips from his personal collection. This year it’s all women, all the…

THE GRAB

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GROW | DOCS US 2022, 104 min, Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite This gripping, of-the-moment documentary connects some of the dots in humanity’s oldest struggle: the fight over resources. With an elegant, eye-opening throughline, filmmaker…