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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

Halloween (2018)

Halloween (2018)

Having original “final girl” Laurie Strode return to the Halloween franchise after decades away is not a new idea, although given the underwhelming way it turned 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

Mid90s

Mid90s

As one who came of age in the 1990s, it’s surreal to me that we have now moved far enough beyond that decade to look back 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

A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor

At first glance, Paul Feig doesn’t seem like the right choice to direct a stylish mystery thriller. But the man behind crowd-pleasing comedies including Bridesmaids, Spy 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

The Predator

The Predator

The Predator spends too much of its time hunting for ways to bring several uninteresting plot strings together and not nearly enough indulging in its throwback 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

Searching

Searching

Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov has been quietly building a niche for himself as the producer of a subgenre of movies he dubs “screen life,” including the 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

Kin

Kin

It’s no surprise that directing brothers Josh and Jonathan Baker expanded Kin from a short film (their 2014 effort Bag Man), because there clearly isn’t enough 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

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

Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2

Love for superheroes—and this super family in particular—zings throughout Incredibles 2, an invigorating all-ages adventure that slips in sly commentary about what truly makes a hero. Read More

Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin

Disney’s mania for reimagining all of its successful animated properties as live-action movies takes an odd turn with Christopher Robin, which places lovable bear Winnie the Read More