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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certain Women

Certain Women

A train rumbles through the Montana countryside, billowing smoke and blowing its horn. Back in town, a friendly radio deejay reminds residents to make sure the Read More

Christine

Christine

“I always wanted to have a baby, and I always wanted to have a husband, and I always wanted to have a job where I can Read More

Girl Asleep

Girl Asleep

When a film transitions from a real environment to a fantastical one, it usually works in its favor. But in the case of Girl Asleep, the Read More

A Beautiful Now

A Beautiful Now

A Beautiful Now is a compendium of every indie movie cliché about unhappy, confused twenty-somethings. It’s the kind of movie where one character says, “Why do you hate Read More

Other People

Other People

Life sucks, but it’s also a beautiful gift. The universe is brutally cruel, yet also a graceful wonder. People can be infuriating, but they are just Read More

London Road

London Road

Musicals have taken on dark subjects in the past, but none in quite the same way as London Road, which premiered to great acclaim at London’s Read More

Ben-Hur (2016)

Ben-Hur (2016)

A couple of years ago, faith-based films God’s Not Dead and Heaven is for Real achieved huge box office success and revealed an underserved multiplex niche Read More