Category: Movie Reviews

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Corpus Christi

“Each of us is the priest of Christ,” a juvenile detention center priest tells the members of his wayward flock, advice one of them takes very literally to heart in the Polish drama “Corpus...

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Ride Your Wave

The Japanese animated romantic-drama “Ride Your Wave” starts off as a cute love story, but quickly becomes a moving character study about accepting personal loss. We follow charming, but clumsy surfer Hinako (Rina Kawaei)...

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Fantasy Island

While cinematic thoughts regarding Valentine’s Day naturally drift towards straightforward love stories and romantic comedies, the holiday has long proven to be a fertile period for releasing horror movies as well. When the 1931...

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

French writer/director Céline Sciamma has hypnotizing powers—her spellbinding pull was unmissable in both the sensual “Water Lilies” and the gleaming coming-of-age tale “Girlhood.” With “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” she takes that cinematic...

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Sonic the Hedgehog

“Sonic the Hedgehog” is the worst kind of bad movie: it’s too inoffensive to be hated and too wretched to be enjoyable. You might think that this movie’s sad limbo state has something to do...

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A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

To this longtime fan of the cheese-loving bachelor and his trusty dog, they will always be known as the company that gave the world the genius of Wallace & Gromit. But the legacy of...

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Buffaloed

Peg Dahl (Zoey Deutch), the frenetically ambitious and amoral lead of Tanya Wexler’s “Buffaloed,” is a natural-born hustler, the Tracy Flick of financial ambition, whose only goal in life is to make a buck,...

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Downhill

Every movie, even a remake, deserves to be viewed on its own merits. But that’s easier stated than done when you have a film like “Downhill,” a largely inferior American knockoff that’s far less...

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The Photograph

“I wish I was as good at love as I am at working. I wish I didn’t leave people behind so often.” A young woman speaks those words of regret from the past. The...

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The Kindness of Strangers

Just when we thought movies that assert we are all circumstantially connected via cosmic powers went out of fashion for good, comes along yet another story of intertwined destinies. Outdated from the offset—think Fernando...