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The Ticket

The Ticket

A blind man regains his sight in The Ticket, which plays like a one-stanza fable extended to feature-length screenplay without any complexity added to the moralizing. Read More

Brimstone

Brimstone

Dakota Fanning’s wide, expressive eyes always did speak volumes. She’s marvelous as a mute midwife who doesn’t need sign language to convey her fear or determination Read More

Life

Life

The trailers for Life are impressively coy. While they can’t disguise something as topline as the lazy and generic title, that isn’t necessarily an indication that Read More

Song to Song

Song to Song

Of the films in Terrence Malick’s uncharacteristically productive post-Tree of Life period, Song to Song is the best and most accessible. That doesn’t mean it’s a Read More

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Never before has a movie remake so simultaneously affirmed its inspiration’s brilliance and also invalidated its own existence. Disney’s long-awaited live-action remake of Beauty and the Read More

After the Storm

After the Storm

At one point in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s After the Storm a character remarks, “We’re having too many typhoons this year” and by that point in the film Read More

Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island is simultaneously grand and bland. The large-scale monster mayhem is technically dazzling, but the lack of convincing purpose for the human characters leaves Read More

Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper

Maureen has ghosts. One of them she’s trying to make contact with, literally, and her quest is quietly entrancing. At a deliberate pace, Personal Shopper, an Read More

Logan

Logan

Seventeen years. That’s how long Hugh Jackman has remained committed to playing Wolverine. And through nine films of varying quality with changing casts, questionable continuity, and Read More

Before I Fall

Before I Fall

Groundhog Day goes YA in Before I Fall, a twee yet honest and well-constructed drama about a privileged high schooler living the same day over and Read More

Get Out

Get Out

Get Out functions as a sort of litmus test for the audience – one’s level of reactionary discomfort to this material would indicate a broader discomfort Read More

Dying Laughing

Dying Laughing

In this new Trump era of a Dice Clay President and bully pulpit bull, standup comedy has more relevancy than ever, at least in terms of Read More

A Cure for Wellness

A Cure for Wellness

Studio films rarely get as bonkers as A Cure for Wellness. While admirable for its audacity, Gore Verbinski’s stylish gothic horror throwback is plagued by a Read More

Fist Fight

Fist Fight

Fist Fight is marred by a very basic disconnect – it’s a movie with funny people that isn’t itself funny at all. So we are left Read More