Category: Movie Reviews

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The United States vs. Billie Holiday

“The United States vs. Billie Holiday” is so misguided that it’s hard to know where to start griping about it. It wallows in cruelty, misery, and degradation without providing insight into the historical personages who...

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Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry

It’s almost impossible to predict when and where a new star will burst onto a scene. There are so many hopefuls vying for a spotlight, so much talent goes unnoticed. But documentarian R.J. Cutler...

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Cherry

The unnamed combat medic (Tom Holland), returned home from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, sits in a doctor’s office. He is clammy, sweaty, and twitching. Without showing any interest in what might be going...

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Tom & Jerry

Aggressively mediocre, the updated version of “Tom & Jerry” that premieres in theaters and on HBO Max today is a depressing affair, a film that reminds one of similarly hollow uses of beloved properties...

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My Zoe

Julie Delpy seems to always be the life force for any film that she stars in. In Richard Linklater’s romantic “Before” trilogy, her Céline was the sun; in her own projects as a writer/director/actor, she’s embodied the slight...

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The Vigil

“The Vigil” is a modern Jewish-American horror movie, if only in the sense that it hints at personal problems—of familial and tribal guilt and responsibility—without ever transcending genre tropes that were established in “The...

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Crisis

Two-decades-old it might be, but the high-stakes ecosystem that Steven Soderbergh brought to life with his masterful “Traffic” still maintains its enduring appeal and quality. In that regard, it’s impossible to get through even...

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Tyger Tyger

Even taken simply as a deliberately formless freak-out, the kind that used to turn up regularly back in the heyday of the midnight movie circuit, “Tyger Tyger” proves to be little more than a tedious...

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Erēmīta (Anthologies)

One of the greatest moviegoing experiences of my life occurred over a decade ago at Chicago’s historic Facets Cinematheque. I sat in the front row and watched the sun slowly rise as the earth...

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The Father

A watch. A painting. A chicken dinner. A snippet of conversation. These and other everyday pieces of a life take on greater significance and heartbreaking meaning throughout the course of “The Father.” They’re at...