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The Year of A24: A Retrospective

At the start of this year, I offhandedly made a comment to my friends about how I think that this year is going to be the most successful year for A24, which is an independent film studio. As of September 2022, A24 has released eight films so far, and by the end of this year, they will have released 15. They have always made great movies, but this year is different. This year, they released something for everyone to enjoy, from children’s movies to campy slashers. I want to take a look at some of the eight films that have been released thus far to show the incredibly successful year that A24 had. 

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‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ is the newest binge-worthy show of this summer

Jenny Han’s popular book series “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” has been read by millions since the 2009 release of the first novel in the trilogy. Amazon Prime Video debuted the first season of the adapted book series on June 17 containing seven episodes. Han, who is most well known for authoring the Netflix-adapted trilogy “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,'' helped with the development of the show and is seen as a co-creator alongside other producers.

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‘The Northman’ Review: A gruesome Viking revenge tale

“The Northman,” directed by Robert Eggers, takes place in 10th-century Iceland where a young prince named Amleth vows to avenge his father if he dies in war. When his father is killed in an act to overthrow his kingdom, Amleth makes it his sole purpose to avenge his father and take retribution on the man who killed him. 

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‘Honeymoon with My Mother’: Bonding on a tropical island

Seconds before José Luis (Quim Gutiérrez) can officially marry a young woman named Teresa (Celia Freijeiro), the supposed love of his life, she dumps him at the altar and leaves with another man. Luis, understandably, is devastated. However, his inability to cancel the upcoming honeymoon leaves him with a rare opportunity to grieve and process this betrayal on a beautiful tropical island renowned for its pristine beaches. There was just one catch: his mom, Mari Carmen (Carmen Machi), is determined to go with him. Having never seen the world as a young woman, she jumps at the chance to travel and get pampered. This trip, however, also allows her to look out for her heartbroken son. 

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Featured are von Trier’s most recent films, “Nymphomaniac” (2013) and “The House that Jack Built” (2018) (Photos courtesy of Imdb).

Director’s Cut: Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier is a Danish film director and screenwriter whose career has spanned across over four decades. His most notable work includes “Dogville” (2003), “Antichrist” (2008), “Melancholia” (2011), and “Nymphomaniac” (2013) to name only a few. No stranger to controversy, von Trier has pushed the boundaries of screen to new levels, never failing to shock the film community as a whole. 

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‘Dual’ is a dry but witty satire on loss, mortality

“Dual,” which is directed by Riley Stearns, takes us into a modern sci-fi world where, upon terminal illness, patients have the ability to clone themselves to save loved ones from the mourning process. When faced with an incurable fatal illness, Sarah (Karen Gillan) decides to go through this process and clone herself. After miraculously overcoming the illness, Sarah now faces the moral and physical battle of legally having to fight her clone to the death. 

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‘The Worst Person in the World’ is a unique but grounded approach to the messiness of relationships

In my quest to watch every movie nominated at this year’s Academy Awards, which premieres on Mar. 27, I decided to check out “The Worst Person in the World.” The Norwegian film is among the five movies nominated for best international feature film at this year’s Oscars. It is directed by Joachim Trier and was released in the United States on Feb. 4. “The Worst Person in the World” is a dark romantic comedy that follows Julie (Renate Reinsve), a young woman who is trying to understand who she is as she navigates through different relationships and careers. The film effectively portrays the many decisions we have to make in life and how commitment can be daunting. 

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‘The King’s Man’ is a disappointing prequel that fails to save the franchise

The Kingsman franchise has not been doing too well recently. After the critical and commercial success of “Kingsmen: The Secret Service,” it seemed like this was going to be an exciting new franchise to watch out for. Then, with the overall disappointment of its sequel “Kingsmen: The Golden Circle,” people started to turn on the franchise. Now, director Matthew Vaughn looks to try a different approach with the newest film in the franchise — a prequel origin story for the organization, which hit theaters in December and was released on HBO Max and Hulu on Feb. 18.

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