MASTER GARDENER – Review by Susan Granger

If you’re a Paul Schrader fan, perhaps you missed the dramatic thriller Master Gardener the third in his God’s Lonely Man trilogy that started with First Reformed (2022) and continued with The Card Counter (2021). Using the metaphor of gardening – how it calms the mind and mends the soul -Schrader centers this character-driven film once again on a tormented man in turmoil, writing “The seeds of love grow like the seeds of hate” in his journal, trying in vain not to allow the secreted skulls and swastikas to surface.

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Ten Female Performances to Watch from NYFF 2022 – Liz Whittemore reports

I always begin my annual list with a caveat. My thoughts are based solely on the films I actually saw at the festival. I’ve heard the buzz surrounding Danielle Deadwyler’s performance in Till. It was unanimous among my fellow journalists that this was a star-making turn. I cannot wait to see it for myself. Until then, here are ten female performances that I cannot shake from the 17 films I saw.

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