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Green Book

What does one make of Green Book? The film has won major prizes from the National Board of Review and at the Toronto Film Festival, but feels like a certified crowd-pleaser straight out of 1967. In thatRead Full Review

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The Favourite

Yorgos Lanthimos is always aiming to unsettle. It’s impossible to guard against the ways in which he reflects the horrors of humanity upon the audience, and it speaks to his strength as a storyteller that you needRead Full Review

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Widows

I’ll admit to confusion when I learned that Steve McQueen – a filmmaker whose choices in projects lean more toward the conceptual and abstract – was going to make Widows, an obvious genre piece. That confusionRead Full Review

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Creed II

Creed II retreads on familiar Rocky mythology in ways that Creed rewrote it. This sequel is an act of simple reconstruction, as opposed to the first film’s deconstruction. Not only do Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed and SylvesterRead Full Review

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At Eternity’s Gate

It’s fascinating to me that a director as distinct as Julian Schnabel always finds himself making biopics, one of cinemas most traditional genres. With At Eternity’s Gate, Schnabel tells the story of Vincent van Gogh, withRead Full Review

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The tales within The Ballad of Buster Scruggs are collectively somber, though some certainly more than others. That the film comes from the Coen Brothers will always, on its own, make it more interesting, but toRead Full Review

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Shoplifters

Winning the Palme D’or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in 2018 seemed like a crowning moment for internationally-renowned film director Hirokazu Kore-eda. His latest film, Shoplifters, won the top prize at the festival, but unlikeRead Full Review

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Boy Erased

The protagonist of Boy Erased leads an incredibly normal life. His father runs a Ford dealership in their Arkansas town, while his mother is a hairdresser. He succeeds in high school, plays on the basketball team,Read Full Review

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Bohemian Rhapsody

I think one day we will get a documentary about the making Bohemian Rhapsody, a film that took nearly a decade to get made, went through a carousel of leading men and directors, was constantly pushedRead Full Review

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The Other Side of the Wind

I’d imagine that most people who get around to The Other Side of the Wind – which is now available on Netflix – will wonder if this is a mess of a film, only hailed asRead Full Review

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Monrovia, Indiana

The piercing of eyes of Frederick Wiseman take a look at a small town in America’s heartland in Monrovia, Indiana. As usual, Wiseman’s film has no talking heads, no narration, no guiding voice outside of Wiseman’sRead Full Review

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Wildlife

Literature is littered with novels about white people betrayed by the post-war society. At a time when the American government was doing more than they ever had to invest in its people, lots of minorities fellRead Full Review

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Why is it that we do not appreciate the talent of wonderful comedic performers until they’ve proven themselves of equal measure in dramatic roles? Why is funny seen as cheaper than morose or sentimental? IRead Full Review

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Burning

The less you know about Burning is probably the better. The film is based on a Haruki Murakami short story, and the adaptation from Lee Chang-dong goes from a complicated love triangle to a boilerplate mysteryRead Full Review

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Beautiful Boy

The memoirs of David and Nic Sheff are the source material for the script of Beautiful Boy, a dreamy addiction narrative told from perspective of the addict and the addict’s father simultaneously. Director Felix Von GroeningenRead Full Review

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First Man

Neil Armstrong is a name so ingrained into American history that it distracts from the fact that he willingly avoided any opportunity to show an ounce of personality or charisma. He was an incredibly private,Read Full Review

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The Old Man & the Gun

Robert Redford has been so famous and so great for so long that any movie that he makes these days is about the mythology of his stardom. The reason David Lowery’s latest film, The Old Man &Read Full Review

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A Star is Born

There’s a very specific kind of Hollywood epic melodrama that A Star is Born is conjuring, one that used to dominate theaters with its starpower and saccharine plot construction. It is, of course, the fourth versionRead Full Review

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Private Life

The families in Private Life – the first film from Tamara Jenkins since The Savages in 2007 – are disgruntled and argumentative, worn down by the familiarity of partnership. They have their reasons. In the case ofRead Full Review

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Monsters and Men

The three tales in Monsters and Men – the debut feature from up-and-coming filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green – weave into each other seamlessly, without mention or pause, without title cards to announce the shift. All threeRead Full Review

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A Simple Favor

The twisting plot of A Simple Favor is meant, I presume, to remind audiences of film noir. The severity of the characters and the fates that they meet certainly meet the criteria. But of course, thisRead Full Review

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Lizzie

Whatever movie Lizzie wants to be, I’m not sure it really succeeds. It’s a murder mystery without much mystery, it’s a psychological thriller without an ounce of suspense. The film is based on the true storyRead Full Review

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Blaze

Ethan Hawke’s perseverance in Hollywood is in debt to his talent but also to his passion. The actor has maintained a career over multiple decades, taking on a variety of roles, always imbuing his charactersRead Full Review

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Support the Girls

The films of Andrew Bujalski have always had a disjointed feeling for me; a certain mellowness which seems too contrasted with the chaos of his characters’ feelings. I do not think this is the caseRead Full Review

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Madeline’s Madeline

In making a film about conceptual art, it would only make sense for the film itself to be conceptual as well. And so, writer-director Josephine Decker delves shockingly deep into the fractured mind of Madeline (aRead Full Review

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The Wife

I’ve never read Meg Wolitzer’s novel, The Wife, but it’s adaptation is one of those films that seems like it’s a much better book. The film stars Glenn Close as Jane Castleman, the supportive wife ofRead Full Review

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Crazy Rich Asians

The kind of romantic comedy that Crazy Rich Asians is attempting to be is something that Hollywood hardly makes anymore. It’s the kind of romance that depends on the audience’s familiarity with the story, its uniquenessRead Full Review

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BlacKkKlansman

If Spike Lee’s form of provocation seems on-the-nose, it’s only because the world has caught up to his particular vision of our culture. Lee has often been controversial, has been accused of paranoia, charged asRead Full Review

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Christopher Robin

Watching Christopher Robin, Disney’s new take on the Winnie-the-Pooh franchise, I was reminded of Steven Spielberg’s Hook, another film based on a children’s series which asked the audience to imagine a beloved child character as an adult.Read Full Review

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout

To the degree that every Tom Cruise movie is actually, in its core, about Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is part redemption tale and part swan song, part relinquishment of the throne and part declarationRead Full Review

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Blindspotting

The creeping, sometimes translucent tentacles of gentrification make their way through the streets of Oakland, California in the new film Blindspotting, which stars original Hamilton cast member Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal – the two actors also wrote the script.Read Full Review

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Skyscraper

All comparisons to Die Hard aside – and there are many – Skyscraper is an exceptional Hollywood action movie. It stars Dwayne Johnson, or The Rock, who is the America’s only true action movie superstar, an actorRead Full Review

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Eighth Grade

Not many people born in the last thirty years would claim that middle school is anything other than unmitigated torture, a formless purgatory between the mania of elementary and the rage of high school. Eighth Grade,Read Full Review

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Three Identical Strangers

Three Identical Strangers promises an astonishing true story, and delivers. Three triplets with remarkably similar physical and personality traits manage to find each other in New York when they’re nineteen years old after being separatedRead Full Review

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Sorry To Bother You

There’s a level of absurdity throughout Sorry To Bother You that is unlike anything I’ve seen in quite a while. It’s themes of racism, classism, labor unrest and art conception are all made to serve the comedyRead Full Review

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I guess there was no other place for this movie to go. When Hollywood chose to prop up the Jurassic Park franchise in 2015 with Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, they chose to make self-referential fun and becameRead Full Review

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Leave No Trace

The films of Debra Granik have a bruised, inky nature to them. Her characters are hurt, occasionally floundering, always paranoid about where the next strike will come from. Her first two features dealt with addiction. DownRead Full Review

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Uncle Drew

If you (like me) are a big movie fan and a huge basketball fan, then you (like me) are probably frustrated by the dearth of good basketball movies. And then maybe you give a movieRead Full Review

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Hereditary

I guess that Hereditary is good. Across the board, it seems to be executing its plan as fully and exceptionally as it wants to. It’s lead by a performance by Toni Colette that might be amongstRead Full Review

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Incredibles 2

So, after fourteen years, Incredibles 2 just starts right where it left off. After the heroics against the first film’s villain, Syndrome, they’re met with an impeccably timed attack from The Underminer, a mole-like, hard-hat wearingRead Full Review

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

I’ve never watched an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood during its 38-year run on public television. His image and cadence was, in fact, always played for parody when I was younger, nearly always mocked for theRead Full Review

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Ocean’s 8

If you, like me, are someone who thinks that the cast of Ocean’s 8 is enough to make a decent movie, then you might be pleased to learn that Ocean’s 8 is more than happy to prove thatRead Full Review

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

If Solo: A Star Wars Story could rid itself of that subtitle and all of the pop culture baggage that comes along with it, it would be one of the year’s best action films. I’m not totallyRead Full Review

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The Rider

The blending of fact and fiction in The Rider is more interesting in theory than in practice. The film documents the choking death of traditionalist Americana, the fading legacy of the mythological cowboy. The film starsRead Full Review

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First Reformed

Few artists are more explicitly tormented than Paul Schrader. The man most famous for writing Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, Taxi Driver, followed that with an up-and-down, decades-long career examining the spiritually lost and morally bankrupt. Schrader’s moviesRead Full Review

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Tully

The career of Jason Reitman is an overall successful one, with a filmmaking style that is more competent than unique, and a point of view that only occasionally hits the mark. No one brings theRead Full Review

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Avengers: Infinity War

There is so much going on in the latest Avengers movie. There’s hardly a character that doesn’t show up to stake his claim of importance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU for those who are busy).Read Full Review

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Disobedience

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio seems obsessed with the various female experiences within a patriarchal society. His 2013 masterpiece, Gloria, was about a middle-aged woman who has the spirit of a twenty-something and is unafraid to showRead Full Review

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Zama

On the shores of Colonial South America, the men of the Spanish Empire sit within the torturous humidity, surrounded by bitter indigenous groups and mysterious diseases, waiting for news from home. One of those men, DonRead Full Review

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Lean on Pete

Lean on Pete is English film director Andrew Haigh’s dive into the iconography of Americana. It’s story (the script is by Haigh, and based on a novel by Willy Vlautin) allows him to set upRead Full Review