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Open Book

Ben Mendelsohn's most striking when he's allowed to return to the kind of work he was getting nearer to at the beginning of his career: unapologetically tender. ...

Dear Olive

The summer I was seven, I spent two days on the middle bench of an airless yellow VW bus driving from Albuquerque to Los Angeles, with my family decomposing all around me....

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Don’t Eat Your Neighbors

if we’re customizing a cinematic bug-out bag with enough nourishment to sustain in us a virtuous vision of the good life, then the Dardennes brothers’ masterpiece Two Days, One Night ought to be on our packing list....

In This Heat

The first act of Atonement (2007) takes place in the summer of 1935 in Shropshire, England, and this is the kind of heat that’ll drive you insane....