Author: jose

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Aladdin

In a self-aware moment from the new live-action “Aladdin,” a character holds up a sketch of three other characters. The sketch is a line drawing done in the style of the hit 1992 animated...

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The Tomorrow Man

Sometimes when we fear a loss of control we find it reassuring to be in control of anything, even clutching onto something completely unrelated. In “The Tomorrow Man,” two isolated, lonely people “on the...

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The Souvenir

I imagine that Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir” plays differently depending on your life experience. From its Sundance premiere, I heard grumblings about its main character, Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne), and the frustrations some felt...

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A Dog’s Journey

Is “A Dog’s Journey” one of the sweetest canine films out there, or one of the meanest? While I generally favor the latter reading, the gentle sniffling mixed with occasional awws and chuckles that...

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Trial by Fire

Ten years ago, David Grann’s article “Trial by Fire” appeared in the New Yorker, with the subhead: “Did Texas execute an innocent man?” Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 for murdering his three children...

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Photograph

Two pictures are taken at the beginning of “Photograph,” a return to Mumbai for “The Lunchbox” writer/director Ritesh Batra, whose more recent films have included films based on English-language novels “The Sense of an...

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The Wandering Soap Opera

The late Chilean filmmaker Raul Ruiz (“The Mysteries of Lisbon,” “Night Across the Street”) doesn’t make accessible films. I say “doesn’t” because “The Wandering Soap Opera”—a surreal black comedy that Ruiz shot over the...

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See You Yesterday

While a lot of sci-fi looks to the future, the best of the genre often reflects the fears and concerns of the present. Stefon Bristol’s “See You Yesterday,” produced by his NYU teacher Spike...

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Asako I & II

“Asako I & II,” the latest drama written and directed by Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi, often seems to be about the private, day-to-day performances that young lovers put on for each other. Hamaguchi and co-writer...

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Aniara

This is an exemplary high-concept contemporary sci-fi film. We begin with a doomed earth, spiraling into economic doom. A shuttle brings a group of lucky passengers out of Earth’s atmosphere and on to a...