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Critic’s Picks: Marshall Shaffer

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Marshall Shaffer is a New York-based freelance film journalist (and former a/perture intern). His work has appeared on SlashfilmSlantDeciderLittle White LiesVague Visages and many other outlets. Marshall was an intern at a/perture from 2011-2013 and these are some of his favorite films he saw on-screen at a/perture!

Click here for Marshall’s Notes on the Films, along with a bonus pick!



Martha Marcy May Marlene(2011): Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. Rated R, 102 minutes. Available on Max Go and to rent digitally



We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011): Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. Rated R, 112 minutes. Available on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video



The Master(2012): A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by the Cause and its charismatic leader. Rated R, 138 minutes. Available on Netflix



Stories We Tell(2012): In Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley plays with the documentary format to explore the nature of memory and storytelling, crafting a thoughtful, compelling narrative that unfolds like a mystery. Rated PG-13, 108 minutes. Available on Amazon Prime Video



Under the Skin(2013): A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery. Rated R, 108 minutes. Available on Netflix



Blue Ruin (2013): A mysterious outsider’s quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. Rated R, 90 minutes. Available on Netflix