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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

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

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

Mute

Mute

Mute is a baffling film. Its gritty, near-future aesthetic recalls 1982’s Blade Runner, down to giant digital billboards and a scantily clad woman in a clear 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

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

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

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

The Lodgers

The Lodgers

The atmosphere is thick in Irish horror movie The Lodgers, both in director Brian O’Malley’s style and in the remote location of a crumbling rural estate. 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

Looking Glass

Looking Glass

At this point, it’s not surprising to see Nicolas Cage starring in yet another cheap, trashy straight-to-VOD thriller; what’s more unusual is when he shows up 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

Double Lover

Double Lover

Whatever its other flaws, French filmmaker François Ozon’s erotic thriller Double Lover certainly doesn’t hold back in its depiction of sexuality. The opening shot shows main 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

A Fantastic Woman

A Fantastic Woman

When the title character of Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman first appears onscreen, she seems poised to live up to the movie’s billing of her: Marina Read More

A Ciambra

A Ciambra

A minor character in writer-director Jonas Carpignano’s first feature, 2015’s Mediterranea, 14-year-old Pio (Pio Amato), a Romani living in the Italian port town of Gioia Tauro, 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

Downsizing

Downsizing

This has not been Matt Damon’s year. After the stumble that was The Great Wall, he added fuel to the #metoo fire by sounding like a 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