Category: Movie Reviews

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Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union

Former president Barack Obama is not interviewed during the five hours of Peter Kunhardt’s HBO docuseries “Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union.” The two-term president is instead shown speaking from the past: in...

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Annette

French director Leos Carax was once asked if his name was “real” or “assumed.” He answered, “It’s a real assumed name.” This was not a wisecrack. Ever since he made his directorial debut at...

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Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami

Billy Corben knows how to let people tell their own stories. That might sound easy, but it’s not. In films like “Cocaine Cowboys” and “Screwball,” he draws fascinating anecdotes from people and really understands...

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Jungle Cruise

In the pantheon of Disney movies based on Disney theme park rides, “Jungle Cruise” is pretty good—leagues better than dreck like “Haunted Mansion,” though not quite as satisfying as the original “Pirates of the Caribbean.” ...

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Stillwater

Beneath the weathered baseball cap and bushy goatee, the parade of plaid shirts and the polite replies of “Yes, ma’am,” there’s a whole lot more to Bill Baker. Sure, he listens to old-school country...

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Lorelei

“Lorelei” is clumsy and heartfelt in equal measure, not unlike its protagonists, two people just young enough to remember the dreams they had as teenagers and just old enough to realize they’re not coming...

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Nine Days

If you didn’t know that “Nine Days” was the feature debut of director Edson Oda, you would assume Oda had many films under his belt. He presents his bold vision with confidence (he also...

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Sabaya

There is so much earth-shattering bravery on display in the miraculous “Sabaya” that you wonder how the Swedish-Kurdish director Hogir Hirori managed to pull off a documentary that avoids showy, predictable notes of brouhaha...

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Enemies of the State

Sonia Kennebeck’s “Enemies of the State” spirals and swirls in a way that’s meant to enhance the “isn’t this crazy” aspect of its true story, but its filmmaking tricks have become cliched in the era...

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The Evening Hour

“The Evening Hour,” directed by Braden King, based on a novel by Carter Sickels, takes place in a small Kentucky town, where the mine has closed, leaving its population adrift, forgotten, and ravaged by poverty...