Category: Movie Reviews

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Superintelligence

The thing that makes Melissa McCarthy such a fascinating comic presence is her fearlessness. In her signature roles, she takes her characters to weird, dangerous places that you’d never expect—and you’re happy to go...

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Happiest Season

In a realistic world, a typical couple wouldn’t exchange overtly explanatory lines amongst themselves in private and say things such as, “I know how you feel about Christmas because you lost your parents then.”...

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Uncle Frank

It’s Mammaw season at the movies. The tart-tongued, Appalachian Sofia Petrillo lookalike played by Glenn Close in “Hillbilly Elegy” is succeeded by the Mamaw of “Uncle Frank.” Here, she’s played by Character Actor Margo...

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Stardust

David Bowie played many personas in his lifetime. A space alien, a dapper fashion icon, an astronaut, a goblin king, whatever cocaine fever dream The Thin White Duke was supposed to be. What Bowie...

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Last Call

On November 19, 1953, poet Robert Lowell wrote to his friend and fellow poet, Elizabeth Bishop: “I guess you’ve heard about Dylan Thomas’s death. He died four days after a brain stroke which seems...

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The Mystery of D.B. Cooper

The story of D.B. Cooper has fascinated generations, and not just your true crime fans. There’s something about the tale of a man who hijacked a plane and may have escaped with a fortune...

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The Christmas Chronicles 2

Even before millions of viewers made it one of Netflix’s most successful films ever, there was some magic behind Clay Kaytis’ “The Christmas Chronicles.” Envisioning Santa Claus as a Kurt Russell-like figure (played by the...

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The Croods: A New Age

Seven years after the release of “The Croods,” a sequel finally emerges from the caves of Hollywood, pushing its ways into theaters in the markets where people are still allowed to go to the...

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is a celebration of three real-life Black artists and legends. There’s the blues singer, often referred to as the “Mother of the Blues,” whose name and song give the film...

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Sound of Metal

The fragility of daily existence is captured empathetically and compassionately in Darius Marder’s excellent “Sound of Metal,” a film that should catapult Riz Ahmed to the top of any producer’s casting list. His work...