Film

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The first two days of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival felt a lot like the first two days of college. I was alone in an intimidating, new environment, surrounded by people I didn’t know, struggling to acclimate to a tight routine and figure out how to get from place to place.

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It is tempting to try to account for each of the countless variables that shape family dynamics but, as “Shoplifters” attests, much more rewarding to zero in on a few.

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Fyre Festival: a shockingly catastrophic entrepreneurial venture led by the magnetic, yet arguably mad co-founder Billy McFarland.

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After what feels like decades of this empty philosophical jargon echoing around, it becomes clear that the filmmakers have no idea how to end the trainwreck in a climactic way.

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The film renders a surprisingly comprehensive historical atmosphere and defies the tendency of historical biographical dramas to lose themselves in the force of their main character and neglect their historical situation in turn.

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If a movie has some highs, does that rectify the fact that it also has some of the most abysmal lows I’ve ever encountered?

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The honey-golds, yellows, deep reds and warm brown tones that dominate the film’s color palate, paired with the incredibly personalized camera movement invite the viewer inside the emotional worlds of the characters.

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Some actors age gracefully. They forgo the youthful roles of their early careers, often in favor of those more mature and dramatic. Others simply ride their fame and influence to the director’s chair. These are the immortal ones, the Streeps, the McKellens, the De Niros.

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I spoke with Centeno about “Big Time Adolescence” for upward of 45 minutes. Not once did he assume personal credit for the festival honor —or for any aspect of the film, for that matter.

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In 2019, as the decade draws to a close, it appears that three of the biggest entertainment products of the last decade may end as well: Marvel’s “Avengers”, Disney’s new “Star Wars” trilogy, and of course HBO’s “Game of Thrones”.