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Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed

Here we go again. Apparently, Hollywood has yet to get the message about movies based on videogames–to wit, they usually aren’t very good–and is insisting on Read More

Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty

There hasn’t been a movie as contrived and cockeyed as Collateral Beauty. It has the kind of story that only producers in a pitch meeting can Read More

Passengers

Passengers

To be fair, some people could walk into Passengers in a very precise kind of emotional bliss and have a good time. Maybe they just got Read More

Fences

Fences

As a potential film project, August Wilson’s Fences has been kicking around for a while. There was even talk of comedian Eddie Murphy making his “serious” Read More

Moana

Moana

With its sumptuous Polynesian setting and daring heroine, Moana sets sail on an engaging adventure that ultimately focuses on navigating one’s place in the world. Disney’s 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

Moonlight

Moonlight

Moonlight is a film about identity – how we define ourselves, how we view ourselves, and what we project to the outside world. It’s also about Read More

Allied

Allied

Opening on the golden sands of the Moroccan desert during World War II, Allied brings to mind Casablanca or The English Patient – and that’s the Read More

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

As Marvel Studios expands its empire into decidedly lesser-known superhero properties, it’s becoming increasingly clear that said properties are the real MCU playgrounds. While the core Read More

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

In Nocturnal Animals Tom Ford blends the contemporary coldness of Nicolas Winding Refn with a gritty, modern Texas Western. Results are mixed. Actually, “blends” probably isn’t Read More

Bleed for This

Bleed for This

Vinny Pazienza made one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, overcoming a broken neck to continue a successful boxing career. That comeback included fights with Read More

Arrival

Arrival

Arrival, a cerebral wonder of a film, is as much about stories and how we view the ones in our lives as it is about making Read More

Trolls

Trolls

Finally, someone’s made a movie featuring those good luck totems adored in bingo halls across the country that reached the apex of their popularity several decades Read More

Loving

Loving

Loving v. Virginia was a landmark civil rights case and, therefore, includes all the ingredients for Hollywood to make an ostentatious, celebratory melodrama. Thankfully, writer/director Jeff Read More

Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe

Is Queen of Katwe so refreshing because it’s necessary, or so necessary because it’s refreshing? Perhaps that’s an odd sidebar observation for a film that is Read More

The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden

At first, a period drama set in 1930s Korea during the Japanese occupation might seem incongruous with the rest of director Park Chank-wook’s filmography (Oldboy, Stoker). Read More