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The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us

As Stan Laurel once declared in Sons of the Desert, “Life’s not short enough.” The Space Between Us is a Disney Channel heart-beater between teens masquerading Read More

Split

Split

I’m a little torn on Split. The latest from M. Night Shyamalan contains intriguing concepts and two solid performances, though they feel a bit wasted in 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

Silence

Silence

There is no greater mystery to man than faith. Finding the ability to believe in a higher power when reality constantly contradicts those ideals is at Read More

Paterson

Paterson

Paterson lives in the comfortable quiet of the everyday, the humdrum, unassuming spaces that make up the poetry of life. Makes sense, then, that it’s about Read More

Lion

Lion

The true-to-life sob story has been done to death. You know how it goes: Likable person faces peril, conflict, maybe illness. Person somehow overcomes said troubles Read More

Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann

What a film of magnificent contradictions Toni Erdmann is. Here’s a film of pristine simplicity drawn out to epic length. A looney comedy that burns very, Read More

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

The true story of African-American women who were critical minds at NASA in the ‘60s and well beyond feels especially timely at the end of 2016. Read More

20th Century Women

20th Century Women

James Stewart once told Peter Bogdanovich that films were “pieces of time.” Neither past, nor future, film is ever-present. In Mike Mills’s new film 20th Century Women, Read More

Why Him?

Why Him?

Why Him? never answers its central question satisfactorily, nor does it justify the unfunny attempts to solve the conundrum. Much like the titular “him,” the movie Read More

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

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

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

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

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