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  • Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself

    Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself

    While the show that Derek DelGaudio puts on is ambitious and entirely unique, I found the end result to be a mixed bag. The combination of the performative element of a magic show (which is inherently insincere) and the depth of a therapy session (which can only work if it’s entirely sincere) often comes off as murky and awkward, and as a result, DelGaudio consistently gets in his own way as a performer. He juggles a lot of roles here,…

  • I Know This Much Is True

    I Know This Much Is True

    ★★★★½

    Derek Cianfrance is making the kind of deeply personal, heart-on-your-sleeve, go-for-broke filmmaking that I love to see. His work is consistently raw and intimate and painful in ways that are never gratuitous, but are in search of greater truths about how we form our identities, and how we can heal our traumas. And by working in concert with fearless actors, an empathetic lens (those close-ups!), and an obsessive devotion to process, Cianfrance has churned out work that has resonated with…