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Long Shot

As a title, Long Shot is appropriately multi-functional. This unlikely-romance-meets-political-fairytale sells itself on the surface pun of a Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron romantic pairing, though frankly, the whole “stoner runt hooks up with woman spectacularly out of his league” is a running theme in nearly every R-rated comedy within the now decade-and-a-half of the Apatow era. […]

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The Intruder

In this age of expanded exhibition, where critics and fans and Film Twitter argue ceaselessly about the ideal venue or screen on which to view motion pictures, I hold a very strong opinion about the ideal format for The Intruder. This film should be released exclusively at seedy drive-in theaters, where the environment is balmy, […]

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Ask Dr. Ruth

Ryan White’s Ask Dr. Ruth is the latest in a string of recent documentaries (RBG, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) that profile trailblazing liberal figures in modern American history. This time around, the liberal figure in question is Dr. Ruth Westheimer. A tiny woman (only four and a half feet tall) who recently celebrated her […]

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JT LeRoy

In the world of JT LeRoy, people are so hungry for art that feels edgy and real that they won’t scratch the surface of a facade that turned out to be a multifaceted literary hoax. In the late 1990s, the supposedly autobiographical tales of LeRoy, a transgendered, abused teen whose mother was a truck-stop prostitute, […]

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Little

Fourteen-year-old Black-ish star Marsai Martin is the mastermind behind high-concept comedy Little, having first pitched the idea to Black-ish creator Kenya Barris when she was just 10 years old. That’s great news for Martin, who becomes the youngest person to ever produce a Hollywood movie thanks to her executive producer credit, but it’s not so […]

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Her Smell

Rock star Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is self-destructing even before Her Smell begins. Alex Ross Perry’s rock and roll epic opens with Becky’s band Something She playing an encore, and the rest of the movie is a long, languid comedown, as Becky’s life and career implode in slow motion, and then she just as slowly […]

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Missing Link

The movies from animation studio Laika have never been big hits, but they’ve always been thoughtful and quirky and entirely distinctive from the sometimes overly similar computer-animated films produced by major Hollywood conglomerates. So it’s a bit disappointing that Laika’s latest film, Missing Link, while thoroughly charming, is the studio’s most conventional to date, with […]

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Dogman

Matteo Garrone’s Dogman revolves around the turbulent relationship between a classic good guy and a classic bad guy. The former is Marcello (Marcello Fonte), a doting father and dog groomer who willingly risks his life to save dogs from abuse. The latter, meanwhile, is Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a bulky criminal who gets his way in […]

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Dumbo (2019)

Of all the animated classics that Disney has adapted into live-action (or at least photo-realistic) features, 1941’s Dumbo offers probably the loosest framework for a modern large-scale blockbuster. Running just 64 minutes, it was produced on a limited budget to make up for the box-office failures of Fantasia and Pinocchio, and its story is more […]

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Us

Us is the best film to hit theaters so far this year, but even with the stretch of months coming and the huge list of blockbusters set for release—this movie will find its way onto multiple top ten lists at the end of the year.  The movie revolves around the chilling tale of the Wilson […]