Category: Movie Reviews

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The Forever Prisoner

Two decades after the attack on September 11th, filmmakers are grappling with the ugliness in how the CIA tried to get more information about future terrorist attacks, and the school of torture that followed. Scott...

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Flee

The argument could be made that all national borders are arbitrary. People have fought over them, and people have died for them, but—who made them? The power to concoct a line that keeps some...

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Benedetta

God bless Paul Verhoeven. The provocateur set his sights this year on classic Catholic imagery, subverting and challenging the structures of religion in his daring “Benedetta,” now playing in limited release after a controversial...

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The Hand of God

With his rich coming-of-age drama “The Hand of God,” Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino not only courts, but squashes comparisons to formative maestro Federico Fellini. Many viewers (and critics) will probably still compare “The Hand...

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Silent Night

“Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we may die”—a notion as ancient as the Bible itself—is the guiding premise of the holiday genre mash-up “Silent Night.” But while that sentiment seems gung-ho, the...

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Encounter

Riz Ahmed kicks off his performance in this new film co-written and directed by Michael Pearce in high trauma mode. In a motel room in which the wallpaper seems to be sweating itself off,...

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Citizen Ashe

Tennis is on the cinematic menu in 2021. First, we had “King Richard.” Now we have “Citizen Ashe,” the new documentary by directors Rex Miller and Sam Pollard. These releases have some things in...

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Landscapers

In 2013, a shocking discovery was made in the yard of a nondescript flat in Mansfield, England. It was there that the authorities found the bodies of the parents of Susan Edwards and learned...

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Wolf

Naked but not afraid, a young man roams the forest, growling in all fours. He behaves like a beast. To him, this is not a theatrical exercise but the true manifestation of his instincts....

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Mixtape

“Mixtape” has a double dose of nostalgia, from both the ’80s and the ’90s. It’s set just before the last day of the 20th century, when there were fears that midnight December 31, 1999 would...