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Killer Thriller 'Knives Out' Is Surprisingly Subversive — And Comfortingly Familiar

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Writer-director Rian Johnson's deliriously entertaining comic detective story brings together an all-star cast and an ingeniously plotted crime story whose every twist catches you by surprise.

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'A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood' Showcases The Profound Effect Of Mister Rogers

Friday, November 22, 2019

Director Marielle Heller's new film, starring Tom Hanks, casts a spell with the lightest of touches. Drop your skepticism; this film feels like an encounter with Fred Rogers himself.

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A Florida Family Saga, Told In 'Waves' Of Healing And Heartache

Friday, November 15, 2019

Life doesn't go according to plan for the family at the center of this wrenching drama. But while Waves doesn't peddle easy redemption, it does offer what feels like a state of grace.

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'Marriage Story' Reveals The Messy, Heartbreaking Toll Of Divorce

Friday, November 08, 2019

No one outside a marriage can know the truth of it, but actors Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson bring the audience awfully close in Noah Baumbach's devastating drama about splitting up.

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De Niro, Pesci And Pacino Are At The Top Of Their Game In 'The Irishman'

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Martin Scorsese's new film about the man who claimed to have killed Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is a haunting story of loyalty, loss and power — with plenty of whackings.

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'The Lighthouse': A Brashly Funny Thriller, Soaked In Rain, Rum And Testosterone

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson play 19th-century seamen stationed at a remote lighthouse in Maine. Shot in black and white, it's an exquisitely old-fashioned study of souls in isolation.

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Satirical Nazi Film 'Jojo Rabbit' Treats The Viewer Like A Child

Friday, October 18, 2019

For all its good intentions, Jojo Rabbit comes across painfully one-note as comedy, bogus and manipulative as drama and with an archly whimsical visual style that feels like imitation Wes Anderson.

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'Parasite' Hooks You With Its Emotional Power And Extraordinary Cunning

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Bong Joon-ho's brilliant new movie is a darkly comic thriller about the intersection of two South Korean families: one very rich, the other very poor.

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'Joker': A Piercing Psychological Portrait Of Batman's Notorious Nemesis

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Joaquin Phoenix renders the iconic villain on an intimate, human scale in Joker, a disturbing film about one man's psychological destruction and a city's descent into criminal anarchy.

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Renée Zellweger Dazzles In A Go-For-Broke Portrayal Of Judy Garland

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Though her physical transformation is hardly definitive, the actress's profound empathy for her subject elevates Judy from a standard celebrity biopic to an unusually fascinating film.

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'Ad Astra' Approaches The Sublime With Its Portrait Of Masculinity In Crisis

Friday, September 20, 2019

Brad Pitt is an astronaut who saves the world by traveling millions of miles to reunite with his long-absent dad. It's an unabashedly ridiculous premise, but somehow Ad Astra manages to pull it off.

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Come Along For The Ride: 'Give Me Liberty' Is A Full-Blown Farce On Wheels

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

A new screwball comedy by filmmaker Kirill Mikhanovsky follows the driver of a medical transport van and his passengers over the course of 24 busy hours in Milwaukee.

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'Brittany Runs A Marathon' Is Formulaic, But Victorious At The Finish Line

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The underdog comedy, which centers on a hard-partying woman who signs up for the New York City Marathon, proves that even a predictable plot can be hard to resist if it's well executed.

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'Bernadette' Is A Stirring Tribute To A Woman Rediscovering Her True Calling

Friday, August 16, 2019

Where'd You Go, Bernadette follows a brilliant architect who, in the midst of a decades-long career slump, disappears to recapture her life's passion in the unlikeliest place imaginable.

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A High School Star Isn't What He Seems In The Psychological Drama 'Luce'

Friday, August 02, 2019

Kelvin Harrison Jr. plays a popular teenager who was adopted from Eritrea as a kid. But underneath Luce's charming smiles and polished speeches is the trauma of a former child soldier.

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'Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood' Is Tarantino's Most Personal Film In Years

Friday, July 26, 2019

Set in Hollywood in 1969, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star as a TV actor and his stunt double. The movie's low-key hangout vibes may test your patience, but every moment pulses with feeling.

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New 'Lion King' Remake Is More Creative Dead End Than Circle Of Life

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Disney's Lion King is so realistic-looking that, paradoxically, you can't believe a moment of it. The computer-generated blockbuster feels like the world's most expensive safari-themed karaoke video.

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Lots Of Love And One Big Lie — 'The Farewell' Reminds Us Time Is Short

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Awkwafina stars in Lulu Wang's funny ensemble drama about a Chinese American family and their elaborate ruse to pay respects to their matriarch — without ever letting on she has a terminal illness.

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'Midsommar' Shines: A Solstice Nightmare Unfolds In Broad Daylight

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

An American couple attends a mysterious festival in the Swedish countryside in Ari Aster's new thriller. The haunting, hypnotic film will slowly seep into your nervous system.

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Imagine There's No Beatles: 'Yesterday' Proves Too Clumsy For Its Clever Conceit

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The breezy rom-com is set in a world where only one man remembers the fab four. The film so takes our affection for The Beatles for granted that it never bothers to give the music a proper showcase.

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