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'Nomadland': Frances McDormand Finds a Home in the New American Van Culture Feb. 19, 2021


Out on the road one day, a woman named Fern (Frances McDormand) is listening to another woman —... Read More

'Saint Maud': Mind Game Jan. 29, 2021


Maud is a young Welsh woman living joylessly in a dull resort town on the north coast of England. Sh... Read More

'The Marksman': Liam Neeson Back in Action Land Jan. 22, 2021


In the late innings of a four-decade film career, Liam Neeson continues turning out the middle-aged ... Read More

'Gold': Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez Stranded in the Jungle Jan. 08, 2021


"Gold" is a movie that seeks to be two things at once: a bushwhacking jungle adventure and a shark-t... Read More

'20th Century Women': Annette Bening and a Top Cast Are in Peak Form in One of the Year's Best Movies Dec. 25, 2020


"20th Century Women" tells a coming-of-age story in which even the grown-ups are still coming of age... Read More

'Stardust': The Early Days of David Bowie Brought Back to Life by Johnny Flynn Nov. 20, 2020


A rock-star biopic without a note of the rock star's music in it is an unpromising thing. Witness th... Read More

'LX 2048': A Sci-Fi Dystopia With a Few Things on Its Mind Sep. 25, 2020


Let us take a tentative first step into the spooky season with "LX 2048," a sci-fi movie with more i... Read More

'Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies': Prurience Revisited Sep. 11, 2020


Looking back on the cinematic sexy-wars of the last century from the promised land of total pornogra... Read More

'Sea Fever': Charting a Course Through the Ocean of Pandemic Movie Possibilities Apr. 10, 2020


In a normal, non-awful year, right now the air would be thick with promotional chatter about a numbe... Read More

'Color Out of Space': Nic Cage Not Totally Nuts but Close Enough Jan. 24, 2020


Although "Color Out of Space" is based on a 1927 short story by the shovel-faced horror writer H.P. ... Read More

The Oscars Honor Our Very Own Joker Jan. 15, 2020

Jamie Stiehm

WASHINGTON — He's the true dark Joker, and I don't mean Joaquin Phoenix. The actor can't hold ... Read More

'Harriet': An Account of a Life Exemplified by Faith, Hope and Love Nov. 07, 2019

From the Desk of Dr. J

Go down, Moses Way down in Egypt land Tell old Pharaoh to Let my people go! This was one of the firs... Read More

The Fall of Skywalker Oct. 25, 2019

David Harsanyi

Who knows? Maybe "The Rise of Skywalker" will bind all the tedious storylines of the first two "Star... Read More

An Obligatory Lunar Warning Sep. 24, 2019

Horoscopes by Holiday

Under this Leo moon square to Uranus, if someone seems to prefer you to feel obligated, take it as a... Read More

'The Hole in the Ground' and 'Mapplethorp': Slow-Boil Irish Horror and a Biopic for the Master of Rough-Trade Sex Photography Mar. 01, 2019


The world would be a less stressful place, or at least a less silly one, if clueless people would st... Read More

In Search of Wholesome Movies Feb. 27, 2019

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: I'm livid. My 14-year-old daughter and her friends want to see a certain PG-13 movie on ... Read More


Lynda Hirsch on Television

Soap head writers are like sports managers. They are hired to be fired. Mal Evans, who executive pro... Read More


Lynda Hirsch on Television

Jacob Young (Rick Forrester on "Bold and Beautiful") can tell you what a small world show business c... Read More

'A Simple Favor' and 'The Predator': Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in a Twisted Murder Mystery, and the Latest Return of a Familiar Space Case Sep. 14, 2018


SCREENER BY KURT LODER FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 'A Simple Favor' and 'The Predator'... Read More