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Boy Erased

Boy Erased

Boy Erased is about as well-intentioned as a movie can be while still shamelessly misrepresenting the subject it so staunchly supports. There’s no question that its heart Read More

First Man

First Man

First Man opens with an enthralling sequence in which a young Neil Armstrong makes a perilous ascent into the outer atmosphere as an X-15 test pilot. Through Read More

The Oath

The Oath

Family Thanksgivings are always awkward, but especially so when the traditional familial arguments descend into a violent showdown with rogue Homeland Security agents. So unfolds the Read More

Venom

Venom

In this particular comic book boom in cinema history, when superhero adaptations are almost stubbornly efficient in terms of both frequency and relative quality, it’s almost Read More

A Star is Born

A Star is Born

There’s a disconnect between what A Star is Born truly is and what it feels like it needs to be. Said disconnect doesn’t hinder the film from Read More

Night School

Night School

Night School is interesting as a movie-going experience, insomuch as it barely resembles one, yet I was hard-pressed to leave the theater offended by that fact. There Read More

Peppermint

Peppermint

Peppermint opens with a claustrophobic white-knuckle sequence of blunt force brutality – Jennifer Garner, its headlining star, swiftly and nearly wordlessly kicking the ass of a Read More

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

In this particular Hollywood era, one so dominated by monolithic tent poles and so fueled by familiarity as a box-office catalyst that even minor fringe hits Read More

BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee’s vital importance to the history and progression of American independent cinema lies in his boldness. It’s a boldness of suppression finally set free, of Read More

The Meg

The Meg

The Meg is like a time capsule from 1998, the sort of patently ridiculous but nevertheless stolidly earnest wannabe late-summer tentpole that’s so mind-numbing that at least Read More

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp

In terms of comic-based superhero franchises, all the belabored exposition is usually handled in the first installment, allowing the sequel to hit the ground running. Ant-Man Read More

Uncle Drew

Uncle Drew

I don’t know the degree to which Uncle Drewwill have universal appeal to all audiences, so therefore I don’t know the degree to which everyone will Read More

Game Night

Game Night

Game Night is a comedy that eventually wears you down until you give in to its charms. Its visuals are bombastic, its volume is cranked to Read More

Black Panther

Black Panther

Lest anyone assume that it was impossible for a studio like Marvel, relentlessly branded to the point that each film could be made via stencil, to Read More

Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed

Four years and three films later, Fifty Shades is no longer a “phenomenon,” but rather a sputtering franchise that shattered any illusion of being taken seriously Read More

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

Mere days after he assumed office as Britain’s Prime Minister, Winston Churchill was confronted with the direst of circumstances. Hitler’s Nazi forces were seizing Paris, and Read More