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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

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Making his English language debut with The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Norwegian director André Øvredal delivers a precise examination and deconstruction of horror convention. Much like 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

La La Land

La La Land

La La Land is a magical movie about love and dreams. It’s simultaneously a throwback to classic musicals, a modern romance, and a timeless riff on 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

Kill Ratio

Kill Ratio

Remember when the big screen action hero ruled the box office? When an Ah-nold or a Sly stepped into a multimillion dollar project and pushed the 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

Abattoir

Abattoir

Love his work or hate it, but Darren Lynn Bousman deserves some credit for where horror is today. Back in the beginning, before Saw was nothing 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

Things to Come

Things to Come

Although it shares an English-language title with a landmark science-fiction movie, Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come (whose original French title literally translates as “the future”) is 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