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Juan Fueyo-Gomez
Howdy! I write for the Screen Desk of the Arts & Life Section. Besides watching movies, whenever I have downtime I love reading poetry, writing, and dancing arrhythmically while singing off-key to Kate Bush or Lady Gaga. I love meeting new people and having conversations about anything and everything.

‘The Laundromat’ fails to come out clean

When I first heard about Steven Soderbergh’s new movie on the Panama papers, images of future teary-eyed, inspirational Academy Award acceptance speeches and of the Titanic dramatically sinking into the Atlantic came to mind simultaneously. Unfortunately, all that was left to complete the illusion was “Nearer My God to Thee” playing as the credits rolled at the conclusion of “The Laundromat.”

‘The Silence of Others’ gives voice to the past

A cluster of lonely statues stand on a hill in Spain, overlooking a valley. This monument is one of the only memorials in the country commemorating victims of the rule of dictator Francisco Franco. Built just recently, they were shot shortly after completion; through the bullet holes one can catch glimpses of the Spanish countryside.…

‘Lifeboat’ brings life to a crisis

One of the elements of a powerful short film is its ability to produce a strong emotional impact within a constrained time frame. Within a few minutes, it must leave a lasting impression in the hearts of its viewers — the short documentary film “Lifeboat” is a masterclass in this skill. The refugee crisis on…

‘Baby’ is soapy and unsettling

The description for the series “Gossip Girl” on Netflix reads “Rich, unreasonably attractive private school students do horrible, scandalous things to each other. Repeatedly.” Netflix could easily use the same statement to sum up its new series “Baby,” which follows the troubled lives of a band of wealthy teenagers at an elite private school in…

‘Nothing to Hide’ proves a secret success

Few things feel more vulnerable than handing your unlocked phone to someone. Even if they are an acquaintance, friend or family member, it feels like your life is in their hands. Indeed, I spend hours every day on my phone, assuming that no one will ever see what I texted someone or that I had…

“The Kindergarten Teacher” challenges audiences

Upon hearing that Netflix has released a new movie called “The Kindergarten Teacher,” one might think that the sprawling streaming service has unveiled another feel-good movie, a film that will warm one’s heart the way “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” did. That could not be farther from the truth. The movie, a remake…
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