Geography as Identity: On Moonlight

by Angelica Jade Bastién

"How can I put into words what it’s like to see your very soul—ragged and yearning—across the screen?"

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A Town by the Sea
Kelsey Ford on Manchester-by-the-Sea

Sticks & Stones
Andrew Root on Arrival

Geography as Identity: On Moonlight
Angelica Jade Bastién on Moonlight

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Lauren Wilford on The Witch

What Tyranny
Fran Hoepfner on Sing Street

Keeping the Lights On: Stranger Things and the Emotional Crisis of Motherhood
Katherine Webb on Stranger Things

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Matthew Eng on American Honey

Am I A Bad Person?
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Pioneer Women
Holli Carrell on Certain Women

Such Hard Blues
Karina Wolf on One More Time With Feeling

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Blessed Are The Meek

Patrick Vickers on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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Someday We'll Fall Down and Weep

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Riotous Excursions: Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby

Sheila O'Malley

"If something doesn't work, Luhrmann simply plows on to the next thing. It's a man-of-the-theatre attitude. He's an old-fashioned showman: Give 'em something to look at. And make sure you reach 'em in the cheap seats!"