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'Cats': Pretty Hate Machine Dec. 20, 2019

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I was so looking forward to panning this movie. I mean mercilessly, with one of those no-adjectives-... Read More

'Uncut Gems' and 'Bombshell': A New Kind of Adam Sandler Flick and a Predictably Hollywoodian Fox News Takedown With a Major Star Turn by Charlize Theron Dec. 13, 2019

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Like "The Wrestler," Darren Aronofsky's descent into the grubby world of provincial grappling matche... Read More

'Knives Out': Daniel Craig, Toni Collette and Chris Evans in a Throwback Whodunit Nov. 29, 2019

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The Thrombeys are a sprawling family that's rich in nitwits. Not so much the old man, wealthy crime ... Read More

'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood': Some Quality Time with Tom Hanks' Mister Rogers Nov. 22, 2019

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It's appropriate that "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," while ostensibly about the late childre... Read More

'One Child Nation': A Quietly Horrifying Look Back at China's Disastrous, 35-Year-Long National Birth-Control Program Nov. 08, 2019

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Anyone drawn to the now-resurgent notion that collectivism is kind of cool would benefit from a view... Read More

'Parasite': Bong Joon-Ho's Very Wild Ride Oct. 11, 2019

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The movie you may think you're about to watch as "Parasite" gets underway would surely be a lot of f... Read More

'Joker': No Laughing Matter Oct. 04, 2019

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Well before its official release, "Joker" already had an armlock on our attention. The movie's trail... Read More

'Ad Astra' and 'One Cut of the Dead': Brad Pitt's Outer-Space Daddy Issues and a Look Behind The Scenes at the Zombie Apocalypse Sep. 20, 2019

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In the near future, for the usual all-too-human reasons, the beleaguered people of Earth are looking... Read More

'Hustlers': Jennifer Lopez Crushes It in a Strip-Club Caper Flick Sep. 13, 2019

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"Hustlers" is about empowerment, sorta. A group of New York strippers decide to turn the tables on t... Read More

'It Chapter Two': Bill Hader and Jessica Chastain in a Very Long and Crowded Horror Sequel Sep. 06, 2019

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The best kind of monster, of course, is one that's little-seen. Steven Spielberg demonstrated this i... Read More

'Don't Let Go' and 'The Fanatic': David Oyelowo in a Sci-Fi Crime Thriller and John Travolta in a Movie By Fred Durst Aug. 30, 2019

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"Don't Let Go" is a characteristically tight, tense Blumhouse thriller that gets considerable mileag... Read More

'Hot Air': Steve Coogan Takes On Talk Radio Aug. 23, 2019

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As an attack on right-wing radio, "Hot Air" is surprisingly inept. Steve Coogan, the movie's star (a... Read More

'Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood': Quentin Tarantino Journeys Into the Movie-Biz Past and Replays the Manson Murders Jul. 26, 2019

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"Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood" is being marketed as "The 9th Film from Quentin Tarantino" —... Read More

'David Crosby: Remember My Name': Portrait of a Man Running Out of Road Jul. 19, 2019

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David Crosby has been many interesting things over the course of his 77 years: a founding member of ... Read More

'Stuber': Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista Are Well Worth Seeing, But Not in This Movie Jul. 12, 2019

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Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista are so appealing in 'Stuber' — so personable and droll in th... Read More

'Midsommar': A Hallucinatory Swedish Road Trip from Virtuoso Writer-Director Ari Aster Jul. 05, 2019

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Ari Aster's new movie — the follow-up to his hair-raising debut, "Hereditary" — cries ou... Read More

'All Is True': Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen - Three Great Shakespeareans - in a Glowing Tribute to Shakespeare Himself May. 10, 2019

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You know you're watching a different kind of Shakespeare movie when it begins with the great man's L... Read More

'Shadow': Zhang Yimou Returns to the World of Flying Daggers May. 03, 2019

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Maybe you've never thought of umbrellas as deadly weapons. I never did. But take a look at the ones ... Read More