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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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