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The Nightingale

The Nightingale

“Grim” would be too gentle a word to describe what happens in Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale. Set in 1825, the film opens by introducing us to Read More

Stuber

Stuber

The title Stuber is a…well, I suppose we could refer to it as a “witticism.” You see, the lead is named Stu, and he drives an Uber. Read More

Sword of Trust

Sword of Trust

After taking on more tightly scripted projects with her recent films and TV work, director Lynn Shelton swings all the way in the other direction with Read More

The Farewell

The Farewell

In Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, Awkwafina (of Crazy Rich Asians fame) plays Billi, a 20-something, New York-based Chinese-American who’s trying to establish herself as a writer. Read More

Yesterday

Yesterday

How would the world change if the most famous and influential music group of all time had never existed? According to director Danny Boyle’s slight and Read More

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

Douglas Triola’s latest documentary, Bloodroot, features Selma Miriam and Noel Furie, two lesbian feminists who run the titular bookstore-restaurant in Bridgeport, Connecticut. As we learn, the Read More

Amaurosis

Amaurosis

Grief can be a launching point for a decent psychological thriller, but in Amaurosis, this is an uneasy mix. Now streaming on Amazon Prime, Amaurosis starts Read More

Leto

Leto

In the early 1980s, the Soviet Union experienced a belated version of the rock music revolution that had swept the Western world in the ’60s. Then-Soviet Read More

Holy Lands

Holy Lands

Holy Lands isn’t a bad movie. It’s four mediocre movies mixed together. There’s the fish-out-of-water film. There’s the cranky-old-performer/Oscar-bait film. There’s the dysfunctional family film. There’s Read More

Shaft (2019)

Shaft (2019)

From the beginning, John Shaft was always about fighting for the underdog. In 1971’s blaxploitation classic Shaft, the New York City private detective, played by Richard Read More

Plus One

Plus One

Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer’s Plus One follows Ben (Jack Quaid), a 20-something college graduate who’s the vice president of a start-up. At the film’s start, Read More

The Outsider

The Outsider

When we first meet the hero of The Outsider, a Chinese railroad worker in the Old West, he’s relaxing in a cozy little tent on the Read More

Late Night

Late Night

There’s an inherent disconnect that runs through this film very plainly and definitively titled Late Night: it seems completely out of step with the rhythms of Read More