Charles Tabasso

Krasinski creates with significant innovation in film A Quiet Place
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Krasinski creates with significant innovation in film A Quiet Place

Even as directors seek to innovate, there is an inherent difficulty to searching for creative storytelling. Groundbreaking novelties beget tropes and before long these seemingly fresh new ideas become yesterday’s gimmicks. But it seems unlikely that the premise for director John Krasinski’s third film, A Quiet Place, will be recycled any time soon. The world…

Dark comedy Thoroughbreds entertains despite meaninglessness
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Dark comedy Thoroughbreds entertains despite meaninglessness

Living an immaterially affluent life rarely comes without consequence. Luscious wealth creates dependency despite its iconoclastic prestige, and when matters must be taken into the perfectly manicured hands of the rich, there are no lengths by which they are bound to protect their power. Yet Cory Finley, writer and director of the dark comedy Thoroughbreds,…

Red Sparrow pits Russian operatives against American spies
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Red Sparrow pits Russian operatives against American spies

In the film Red Sparrow, Russian espionage has not been pacified since the Cold War’s end. A select group of infiltrators — Sparrows — remain key components to the Kremlin’s political machine.These operatives, their bodies and their minds, belong to the state; but while loyalty is so often derived from patriotism, it may also stem…

ReelAbilities offers new perspective on disability through film
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ReelAbilities offers new perspective on disability through film

Although disabled people comprise of one of the largest minority groups in the world, they are often left out of the conversations discussing equal rights and fair treatment. According to the American Community Survey, 12.8 percent of the U.S. population in 2016 had some form of disability. But while the “forgotten minority,” as this community…

Garland’s Annihilation just misses mark of cinematic excellence
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Garland’s Annihilation just misses mark of cinematic excellence

Within the negative space of ambiguity is a potential to be as expressive as utter silence. Science fiction has been perfecting such “show, don’t tell” techniques since time immemorial. Harnessing the power of subtlety and its implications, those unanswered questions worm their way into an audience’s psyche after the end credits and resonate suspension of…

Heroes play themselves in Eastwood’s dull The 15:17 to Paris
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Heroes play themselves in Eastwood’s dull The 15:17 to Paris

The time-weary aphorism “never meet your heroes” is literally incarnate in director Clint Eastwood’s latest film, The 15:17 To Paris. The film casts the saviors of the 2015 attempted terrorist attack on board a Thalys train to re-enact the fateful disarming of terrorist Ayoub El-Khazzani, played by Ray Corasani. The event itself remains a heart-stopping…

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