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Shoplifters

Shoplifters

Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s films often focus on the beauty of unexpected or unconventional families, and his latest, Shoplifters (which won the Palme d’Or, the top Read More

Creed II

Creed II

When Ryan Coogler’s Creed debuted in 2015, it had the advantage of not coming off as just another Rocky sequel or a cynical exercise in branding. Read More

Instant Family

Instant Family

Director and co-writer Sean Anders based Instant Family on his personal experiences of fostering and later adopting a group of siblings, but that doesn’t mean that Read More

Boy Erased

Boy Erased

Boy Erased is about as well-intentioned as a movie can be while still shamelessly misrepresenting the subject it so staunchly supports. There’s no question that its heart Read More

Suspiria (2018)

Suspiria (2018)

Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic Suspiria is a masterpiece of atmosphere and color, but it doesn’t exactly, you know, make sense. In taking on a remake Read More

Mid90s

Mid90s

As one who came of age in the 1990s, it’s surreal to me that we have now moved far enough beyond that decade to look back Read More

Halloween (2018)

Halloween (2018)

Having original “final girl” Laurie Strode return to the Halloween franchise after decades away is not a new idea, although given the underwhelming way it turned Read More

Ophelia

Ophelia

Ophelia is one of Hamlet‘s most vital characters — and, in the eyes of Ophelia the movie — one of its most misunderstood. Director Claire McCarthy uses Lisa Read More

First Man

First Man

First Man opens with an enthralling sequence in which a young Neil Armstrong makes a perilous ascent into the outer atmosphere as an X-15 test pilot. Through Read More

The Oath

The Oath

Family Thanksgivings are always awkward, but especially so when the traditional familial arguments descend into a violent showdown with rogue Homeland Security agents. So unfolds the Read More

The Kindergarten Teacher

The Kindergarten Teacher

Maggie Gyllenhaal is great at making audiences uncomfortable. Even in her more sedate, straightforward roles, there’s often a sense of something off-kilter and unstable, and she’s Read More

A Star is Born

A Star is Born

There’s a disconnect between what A Star is Born truly is and what it feels like it needs to be. Said disconnect doesn’t hinder the film from Read More