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Beirut

Beirut

When Tony Gilroy first wrote the screenplay for Beirut in 1991, it was considered too politically risky to make. While movie producers may be bolder about Read More

7 Days in Entebbe

7 Days in Entebbe

The opening of 7 Days in Entebbe lays out its historical context in title cards that appear to the rhythm of a dance troupe’s performance, but Read More

Blockers

Blockers

The selling point in the trailers for Blockers has been its over-the-top comedy featuring stars Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz as overprotective parents attempting Read More

Unsane

Unsane

In an era of “fake news” and #MeToo, Unsane has a timely theme of gaslighting and manipulated reality. Focused on a woman who sees her stalker Read More

Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun

Teenager Katie Price (Bella Thorne), the main character of Midnight Sun, suffers from a real disease known as xeroderma pigmentosum, but she might as well suffer Read More

Flower

Flower

About halfway through Flower, 17-year-old Erica (Zoey Deutch) tells another character, “As you can tell, I have major daddy issues.” We can certainly tell from the Read More

Love, Simon

Love, Simon

Love is precious and rare, stories say. So is a film like Love, Simon, a sweet and funny coming-out story that’s also a relatable coming-of-age tale Read More

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

A 22-year-old video game character gets an exhilarating reintroduction in Tomb Raider, a type of origin story about a bright young woman who seeks her way Read More

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time oozes earnestness. Yet this high-profile adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel never quite dazzles despite its big-name cast, elaborate costumes, and loads of Read More

Annihilation

Annihilation

You’re not the same person you were as a child, not ten years ago, not one year ago. Not even a day ago. Thoughts change. Convictions, 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

Early Man

Early Man

The Stone Age punts up against the Bronze Age in Early Man, an animated adventure that’s more predictable and less zany than other Aardman Animation projects. Read More

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

When the trailers for Red Sparrow were first released, they drew numerous comparisons to Marvel’s Black Widow character, a Russian spy trained from an early age 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

The Post

The Post

Long before politicians started plotting against the First Amendment, arguing that their deeds are/were being misrepresented by a nasty “fake” news media with an antagonist agenda, Read More

The Commuter

The Commuter

Up to his elbows in a conspiracy, Liam Neeson’s insurance salesman muses in The Commuter, “Sixty years old. What have I got left to offer?” Plenty. Read More

Half Magic

Half Magic

Heather Graham wants to rage about women’s treatment and portrayal in Hollywood, topics especially relevant in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. But Half Magic, Read More