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Pain and Glory

Pain and Glory

Pedro Almodovar’s films thrive on the imbalance between brash idiosyncrasy and eloquent introspection. The Spanish auteur is a master of carefully-controlled chaos, of purposefully overwrought melodrama Read More

Gemini Man

Gemini Man

With Gemini Man, Ang Lee cements his place among A-list directors whose fixations on technological advancements have eclipsed their instincts for quality storytelling. Filmmakers like Robert Read More

Joker

Joker

It can only be viewed as some cruel cosmic swirl that in the immediate wake of Martin Scorsese’s dismissal of comic book movies as “not cinema,” Read More

Judy

Judy

The Judy Garland of Judy is not the fresh-faced child star of The Wizard of Oz, nor the larger-than-life performer who filled concert halls for decades. Read More

Abominable

Abominable

The third major animated movie about yetis in the past year, DreamWorks Animation’s Abominable is far less annoying than 2018’s Smallfoot (from Warner Animation Group) but not nearly Read More

It Chapter Two

It Chapter Two

It Chapter Two can’t decide whether it wants to chase after Stephen King or Steven Spielberg. Sure, to a certain extent those two media monoliths occasionally cross Read More

Hustlers

Hustlers

Based on a true story that went viral in a deep and revealing 2015 New York Magazine article, Hustlers takes a very specific story of former strippers building Read More

Ready or Not

Ready or Not

They say there is no movie without the screenplay, and that’s absolutely true…but of course a film is made up of more elements than just the Read More

Don’t Let Go

Don’t Let Go

The Blumhouse logo at the opening of Jacob Aaron Estes’ Don’t Let Go promises the potential for some creative budget-conscious thrills, but Don’t Let Go is Read More

Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light

There may not (yet) be a Bruce Springsteen jukebox musical on Broadway, but filmmaker Gurinder Chadha makes a pretty good case for one with her exuberant Read More

Cold War

Cold War

As a pair of dispassionate musicologists and a government official conduct American Idol-style auditions among peasants in 1949 Poland, the vibrant and slightly devious young singer Read More

Good Boys

Good Boys

To criticize the humor in Good Boys for being juvenile seems sort of redundant, since the whole point of the movie is to represent the perspective Read More

The Kitchen

The Kitchen

Before The Kitchen even begins in earnest, a glaring disconnect becomes apparent. Befitting the film’s ‘70s-era setting and indie comic inspiration, the production company logos display as Read More