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Jordan Ruimy

Jordan Ruimy

Our morbid fascination with rise and fall narratives is entrenched in the culture and all-too-common tragic stories about stardom and pop figures practically beg for cross-examined relitigation. The sad tale of pop R&B icon Whitney Houston is no di…

Following two Cannes efforts both met politely, but a little meso meso by critics, the comedy “Reality” and the dark fantasy of “Tale Of Tales,” Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone returns to the crime genre that launched his caree…

Stories that trade in narratives about child exploitation, abuse and neglect often run the risk of manipulation through phony sentimentality or affected misery porn. Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s Cannes effort “Capharnaüm,” a poli…

According to South Korean director Lee Chang-dong, Haruki Murakami‘s short story “Barn Burning,” is a story wherein “nothing happens.” It’s then a risky endeavor for Chang-dong to wholeheartedly embrace the concept f…

What constitutes a family? It’s a theme, like an instinctual migratory destination, that the compassionate Japanese helmer Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Like Father, Like Son“) returns to time and time again. Following the mixed response from h…

It’s been a long time since making traditional or even vaguely conventional “movies” has interested legendary French New-Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. If anything, the director’s movies over the last 20 or so years have been e…

When a director decides to venture into a well-worn genre, comparisons to far superior films are inevitable. And so, a film like Joe Penna‘s feature-length directorial debut, “Arctic,” a survival drama, will no doubt run the risk of b…

Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher was awarded the Grand Jury Prize back in 2014 for her sophomore effort, “The Wonders,” a drama filled with magical but natural surrealism starring Monica Bellucci and Alba Rohwacher, the director’s s…

It’s remarkable and perplexing that a landmark work such as director Bi Gan‘s latest film, “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” is not part of this year’s official competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The mezmerizing…

At first glance, Jia Zhang-ke‘s “Ash is Purest White” feels like an immaculately perfect patchwork film, taking cues from his 2013 masterwork “A Touch of Sin” and his flawed, but brilliant, 2015 epic “Mountains May D…