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A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls is a rare children’s fantasy that confronts complicated emotions head-on and doesn’t shy away from ugly sentiment. It might get heavy, but the Read More

Patriots Day

Patriots Day

There’s a problem at the core of Patriots Day, a problem that other critics have decried and criticized. For the most part, Peter Berg’s love letter Read More

Miss Sloane

Miss Sloane

Smart, focused, and ruthless Washington lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane believes her only duty is to the cause. That cause is winning – helping to pass or kill Read More

Live by Night

Live by Night

If Ben Affleck’s intent with Live by Night was to bridge the gap between his heretofore earthbound directorial filmography and his upcoming Batman blockbuster by wedging Read More

Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed

Here we go again. Apparently, Hollywood has yet to get the message about movies based on videogames–to wit, they usually aren’t very good–and is insisting on Read More

Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty

There hasn’t been a movie as contrived and cockeyed as Collateral Beauty. It has the kind of story that only producers in a pitch meeting can Read More

Passengers

Passengers

To be fair, some people could walk into Passengers in a very precise kind of emotional bliss and have a good time. Maybe they just got Read More

Fences

Fences

As a potential film project, August Wilson’s Fences has been kicking around for a while. There was even talk of comedian Eddie Murphy making his “serious” Read More

Moana

Moana

With its sumptuous Polynesian setting and daring heroine, Moana sets sail on an engaging adventure that ultimately focuses on navigating one’s place in the world. Disney’s Read More

Jackie

Jackie

We’ve all seen the photo. Lyndon B. Johnson takes the oath of office on Air Force One shortly after President Kennedy’s assassination. Jacqueline Kennedy, the suddenly Read More

Allied

Allied

Opening on the golden sands of the Moroccan desert during World War II, Allied brings to mind Casablanca or The English Patient – and that’s the Read More

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

As Marvel Studios expands its empire into decidedly lesser-known superhero properties, it’s becoming increasingly clear that said properties are the real MCU playgrounds. While the core Read More

Moonlight

Moonlight

Moonlight is a film about identity – how we define ourselves, how we view ourselves, and what we project to the outside world. It’s also about Read More

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

In Nocturnal Animals Tom Ford blends the contemporary coldness of Nicolas Winding Refn with a gritty, modern Texas Western. Results are mixed. Actually, “blends” probably isn’t Read More

Bleed for This

Bleed for This

Vinny Pazienza made one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, overcoming a broken neck to continue a successful boxing career. That comeback included fights with Read More