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Soundwave

Soundwave

Movie characters should know by now not to invent world-changing devices in their home workshops, because it’s only going to lead to them being chased by Read More

Bad Education

Bad Education

Cory Finley’s 2017 debut feature Thoroughbreds was a strikingly original vision from the playwright-turned-filmmaker, but for his follow-up, Finley steps back a bit, working from someone Read More

Trolls World Tour

Trolls World Tour

Although 2016’s DreamWorks animated hit Trolls was based on the perennial line of long-haired troll dolls, its main appeal to audiences was its hyperactive pop-music soundtrack, Read More

Dolphin Reef

Dolphin Reef

Since 2009, Disney’s nature-documentary label Disneynature has generally celebrated Earth Day by releasing a new movie in theaters, and while nearly all movie theaters are shut Read More

What We Started

What We Started

The upbeat, high energy documentary, What We Started, does what any good EDM (electronic dance music) DJ does—it shares a love of music. This entertaining film Read More

Champs

Champs

It’s the only sport that matters. Feverish fans of hockey, football, baseball and basketball can argue all they want, of course. But  boxing is fundamentally different. Read More

The Hunt (2020)

The Hunt (2020)

When The Hunt was pulled from Universal’s release schedule in September of last year, none of the various outraged parties had seen a single minute of Read More

Love Is Not Love

Love Is Not Love

Writer/director/star Stephen Keep Mills seems to have a lot on his mind in Love Is Not Love, but the largely abstract movie remains pretty much impenetrable, Read More

Family Obligations

Family Obligations

Someone returns to their hometown to deal with urgent family business after years away, and in the process reassesses their life, reconnects with estranged relatives and Read More

The Report

The Report

The Report serves as proof that a film can achieve total moral clarity and still come off as such a sanctimonious screed that you want to Read More

Monos

Monos

The final shot of Alejandro Landes’ Monos encapsulates everything that the film could have been but isn’t. A group of military troops have just flown over Read More

Human Capital (2019)

Human Capital (2019)

The title Human Capital sounds like it should accompany a heavily researched social-issue documentary about the way that people have been turned into commodities. But Marc Read More

The Riot Act

The Riot Act

It’s hard enough to capture contemporary life in a low-budget movie, so attempting authentic period detail with very limited resources is always a dicey prospect. Writer-director Read More

Gwen

Gwen

If you’ve ever read anything by Thomas Hardy, you’ll readily recognize the setting of William McGregor’s Gwen. Most of the film’s action takes place amid a Read More

The VelociPastor

The VelociPastor

The job of Brendan Steere’s The VelociPastor is pretty much accomplished with the title. Anyone who wants to see a movie called The VelociPastor is going 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