Category: Movie Reviews

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Under the Silver Lake

It’s easy to see why the long-delayed “Under the Silver Lake” has been something of a conundrum for A24, a film distributor that typically knows how to handle projects that may not appeal to a...

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Homecoming

When Beyoncé hit the stage for her two performances at Coachella last year, the audience would have been more than satisfied with a run-through of her greatest hits. Instead, she presented the audience, both in...

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Breakthrough

There’s never any doubt that things will work out just fine in “Breakthrough,” and not only because Roxann Dawson’s movie is based on a true story. It’s also because of the film’s overtly Christian approach,...

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Penguins

Just you try to resist the impossible adorableness offered up in the latest Disneynature documentary, “Penguins.” You cannot do it, despite the cutesy anthropomorphizing, the too-tidy nature of the story it’s telling and the...

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The Curse of La Llorona

I may not have grown up with the legend of La Llorona, but I grew up with a healthy respect for superstitions and things that cannot be explained. In a number of Latinx communities,...

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Guava Island

Filmed in secret in Cuba and released with little fanfare on Amazon this morning, “Guava Island” is a musical-romance-thriller from the team behind FX’s “Atlanta,” director Hiro Murai and its star, the unstoppable Donald...

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Thriller

If Netflix is the new video store for the digital age, it makes a certain degree of sense that they would have a selection of what used to be called DTV movies—direct-to-video. Horror fans...

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Missing Link

“Missing Link,” a 19th century buddy picture starring an English explorer and Bigfoot, is the fifth feature from Laika, an animation studio that’s as much a creature of its proper time period as the...

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Little

When “Black-ish” star Marsai Martin saw the Tom Hanks movie “Big,” she wondered how the story would work with a race, gender, and age switch. Instead of white male middle-schooler Josh Baskin wishing to...

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After

“After” opens with some narration about how certain moments in life seem to define a person, and from there, the clichés pretty much don’t stop. If there’s a defining moment in the life of...