WHITE HOT: THE RISE & FALL OF ABERCROMBIE & FITCH – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Pulsating music, louvered blinds over the windows, and cutouts of topless male models flanking the door. Any mallrat in the early 1990s recognizes this venue immediately—not a nightclub but the overpriced clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch. A retail behemoth in its heyday, the brand sold not just jeans and T-shirts but an all-American preppy aesthetic, captured in black-and-white photos featuring lots of nubile twentysomethings and closeups of chiseled abs.

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THE BRINK – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

The Brink — a documentary portrait of Donald Trump’s propagandist and chief strategist Steve Bannon — is an essential chronicle of one piece of the mess that got us here, a cautionary tale of one kind of vile bastard to keep an eye out for next time… and perhaps a last-gasp attempt by its subject to demonstrate his relevance and importance.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 21, 2019: THE BRINK

It’s no exaggeration to say that Steve Bannon quickly became one of the most reviled figures in Donald Trump’s inner circle during the 2016 election and the early days of Trump’s presidency. Cagey and clever, Bannon never seemed to make a move that wasn’t completely calculated. So you have to wonder what his motivation was to allow filmmaker Alison Klayman and her cameras into his life to film The Brink, an intimate documentary that follows Bannon from 2017 through the historic 2018 midterm elections.

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