For his unshakable tenacity and colorful voice, SLUG is honored to count Film Writer Patrick Gibbs among our ranks.
January 7, 2021

Contributor Limelight: Patrick Gibbs

For just over a year, Contributing Writer Patrick Gibbs has been the driving force behind SLUG’s film coverage through his almost-daily film reviews and periodic filmmaker interview features. With a deep knowledge of the medium’s history, an incisive critical eye and a sly sense of humor, Gibbs’ writing exudes—more than anything—a love and respect for the art of cinema. For his unshakable tenacity and colorful voice, SLUG is honored to count Gibbs among our ranks. Head to SLUGMag.com to find an archive of Gibbs’ reviews and to keep up with new articles. Particularly this month, watch out out for his upcoming coverage of the Sundance Film Festival.

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Film Review: Inside Out 2

Film Review: Inside Out 2
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I couldn’t be more overcome by joy—and by Joy—to give Inside Out 2 a resounding recommendation for all audiences. … read more

Film Review: Tuesday

Film Review: Tuesday
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Tuesday is certainly not going to be for everyone, and it’s a movie that leaves its audience with a lot to take in and ponder. … read more

A Family Holds The Mirror Up To Nature in Ghostlight 

A Family Holds The Mirror Up To Nature in Ghostlight 
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As Ghostlight hits theaters across America on June 14, the Kupferer family is taking this exciting new chapter in their lives one day at a time. … read more

Film Review: I Used To Be Funny

Film Review: I Used To Be Funny
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I Used To Be Funny is an affecting and compelling film that pulled me in so completely that it kept me awake for hours trying to process it. … read more

Pablo Berger On Visual Storytelling and Robot Dreams 

Pablo Berger On Visual Storytelling and Robot Dreams 
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Experiencing love and loss alongside Dog and Robot, and as each person finds a special meaning to the story, for Pablo Berger, it is truly a dream come true. … read more

Film Review: Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara

Film Review: Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara
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Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara, this is an important and profound film that needs to be widely seen, digested and discussed openly and mindfully. … read more

Film Review: Bad Boys: Ride Or Die

Film Review: Bad Boys: Ride Or Die
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There’s something to be said for dumb fun, but there’s a whole lot of dumb and not nearly enough fun on display here. Bad films. Whatcha gonna do? … read more

Director Castille Landon Talks Summer Camp

Director Castille Landon Talks Summer Camp
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She’d like it to inspire people to reconnect with someone from the past and spend time together. Whether in the great outdoors or together in a theater. … read more

Film Review: Young Woman and the Sea

Film Review: Young Woman and the Sea
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Young Woman and The Sea is the perfect argument against the frequently uttered complaint that “They don’t make movies like they used to.” … read more

Film Review: Ezra

Film Review: Ezra
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Ezra is an embarrassing misfire, especially considering the talent involved in it. … read more

Film Review: Jim Henson: Idea Man

Film Review: Jim Henson: Idea Man
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Jim Henson: Idea Man is a loving tribute and unforgettable chronicle of a life and career cut all too short, one which nevertheless had an immeasurable impact that continues to this day. … read more

Film Review: The Dead Don’t Hurt

Film Review: The Dead Don’t Hurt
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The Dead Don’t Hurt is a horse opera that trots in a circuitous and at times circular route rather than galloping purposefully from one point to the next. … read more

Film Review: Babes

Film Review: Babes
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 Babes is hardly a movie for everyone, though it’s likely to do very well with its target female audience and can be readily enjoyed by men as well. … read more

Film Review: Atlas

Film Review: Atlas
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Atlas is a prime example of the kind of assembly line filmmaking that may benefit from costing you nothing apart from your Netflix subscription. … read more

Wētā’s Phillip Leonhardt on The Evolution of Apes and VFX

Wētā’s Phillip Leonhardt on The Evolution of Apes and VFX
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Leonardt has worked on all four of installments of the modern Planet of the Apes series, starting with the 2011 release Rise of the Planet of the Apes, followed by Dawn of The Planet of the Apes in 2014 and War for the Planet of Apes in 2017. … read more

Film Review: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Film Review: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
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This feels more like the work of a filmmaker who has been told he’s a visionary and is too eager to bask in the glow of that pronouncement. … read more

Film Review: The Garfield Movie

Film Review: The Garfield Movie
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The Garfield Movie didn’t have to be a great film to win me over. It just had to live up to its title. … read more

Film Review: IF

Film Review: IF
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IF is reaching very high, mixing the feel of a Pixar film with a heavy Spielbergian influence. … read more

Film Review: Force of Nature: The Dry 2

Film Review: Force of Nature: The Dry 2
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While Falk is ostensibly the main character, he’s far less central to this story than in The Dry, meaning that Bana isn’t given quite as much screen time here. … read more

Film Interview: Renny Harlin is No Stranger To Peril and Suspense

Film Interview: Renny Harlin is No Stranger To Peril and...
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Renny Harlin has been helming features since 1986 as his latest film The Strangers: Chapter 1 gets ready to hit theaters, he reflects on his secret to survival. … read more

Film Review: Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Film Review: Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes
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Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes captures the feel of the ‘70s film; judged on that level, it’s one of the stronger films within the larger franchise. … read more

Film Review: We Grown Now

Film Review: We Grown Now
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It’s an artful and evocative cinematic experience that will stay with you long after the credits roll and the lights come up. … read more

Film Review: The Idea of You

Film Review: The Idea of You
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The Idea of You is a manufactured soap opera with scattered laughs and very appealing stars that make it play as decent disposable entertainment. … read more

Film Review: The Fall Guy

Film Review: The Fall Guy
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The Fall Guy comes off without a hitch, with a thumbs up signaling that it’s ready to go again. … read more

Film Review: Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver

Film Review: Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver
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As is always the case with Snyder, Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver features intricate and striking visuals, and as always, the divisive director deftly paints pretty pictures with painstaking precision. … read more

Film Review: Boy Kills World

Film Review: Boy Kills World
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Boy Kills World may well play strongly to the violence equals fun crowd, and may well find a cult following. … read more

Film Review: Hard Miles

Film Review: Hard Miles
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The fact-based drama Hard Miles makes for a smooth ride that gets from point A to point B with few surprises along the way. … read more

Film Review: The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

Film Review: The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
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Ritchie really wants to follow in the footsteps of Tarantino. I’d suggest making one more film and then retiring. I don’t mind if he skip the first part. … read more

Film Review: Challengers

Film Review: Challengers
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It scores enough points to be called a winner, and it’s got style to spare, but it lacks the heart of a true champion. … read more

Film Review: LaRoy, Texas

Film Review: LaRoy, Texas
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Writer-director Shane Atkinson makes his feature debut with this darkly comedicneo-western.
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Film Review: Monkey Man

Film Review: Monkey Man
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Patel makes a big impression coming out the gate as a new director, with creative and intricate staging and a lot of visual flair. … read more

Film Review: Kung Fu Panda 4

Film Review: Kung Fu Panda 4
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Kung Fu Panda 4 is better than can be reasonably expected from the fourth movie in any series and is likely to be one of the most enjoyable family films you’ll see all year. … read more

Film Review: Wicked Little Letters

Film Review: Wicked Little Letters
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A remarkably absorbing and smartly-paced film that mixes silly comedy with surprisingly heavy drama that ranges from touching to genuinely unsettling. … read more

Who You Gonna Call? Eric Steelberg

Who You Gonna Call? Eric Steelberg
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Whether he returns to the franchise in future or not, the Ghostbusters experience has been a milestone in Steelberg’s career. … read more

Film Review: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Film Review: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is the third time we’ve returned to this particular well since 2017, and this time, the water is more than a little bit icy. … read more

Film Review: Immaculate

Film Review: Immaculate
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If you can embrace Immaculate as pure camp, you may find Immaculate to be just what you’re looking for, especially if you’re a big fan of extreme gore. … read more

Film Review: Sleeping Dogs

Film Review: Sleeping Dogs
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Sleeping Dogs isn’t as inventive as Memento or as exciting as The Bourne Identity, though it’s better than any other amnesia film in recent memory… I think. … read more

Film Review: Shirley

Film Review: Shirley
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Shirley is a good film that is ultimately too by-the-numbers to be be called a great one, and it definitely left me wanting in terms of character development. … read more

Film Review: Uproar

Film Review: Uproar
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Uproar is one of the best films to come out in 2024 up to this point, and it’s a triumph for Julian Dennison, who shows that he has real star potential. … read more

Film Review: One Life

Film Review: One Life
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It’s a well-acted film that tells a worthy story about courage in face of evil. It’s unfortunate their own protagonist and the filmmakers play things safely. … read more

Film Review: Damsel

Film Review: Damsel
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While Damsel isn’t terrible, it’s humorless, bland and too hokey to pull off the deadly serious tone that the filmmakers have chosen. … read more

Film Review: Love Lies Bleeding

Film Review: Love Lies Bleeding
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Love Lies Bleeding is too interesting to dismiss and too maddeningly uneven—and at times, quite unpleasant—to fully embrace. … read more

Film Review: Spaceman

Film Review: Spaceman
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The prospect of sharing this lonely journey with an interesting character on a mission into the unknown is tantalizing for cerebral science fiction fans. … read more

Oscar Winner Tom Schulman Doubles Down on Directing

Oscar Winner Tom Schulman Doubles Down on Directing
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Schulman is still following the advice of his most iconic character, John Keating, so memorably portrayed by Robin Williams, and seizing the day. … read more

Film Review: Dune: Part Two

Film Review: Dune: Part Two
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Whether Paul Atreides is a messiah or not, Denis Villenueve is certainly delivering us from the doldrums of assembly line mediocrity. … read more

Film Review: Drive-Away Dolls

Film Review: Drive-Away Dolls
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Drive-Away Dolls is a raunchy sex comedy/buddy movie/romance/caper movie that doesn’t require a male lead to pull off any of these dynamics, and it’s decidedly not for all tastes. … read more

Film Review: Ordinary Angels

Film Review: Ordinary Angels
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The Christian movie market has been thriving at the box office, which is impressive when you consider that it arguably has yet to produce a single good movie. … read more

Film Review: Bleeding Love

Film Review: Bleeding Love
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Bleeding Love is middle of the road movie that is better suited to a $6.99 rental at home than a trip to the theater. … read more

Film Review: The Teacher’s Lounge

Film Review: The Teacher’s Lounge
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It’s an insightful piece of filmmaking that is unlikely to find the wide audience deserved, though it’s going to leave a mark on nearly everyone who sees it. … read more

Film Review: Bob Marley: One Love

Film Review: Bob Marley: One Love
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Bob Marley: One Love is an entertaining, if disjointed, snapshot into the life and achievements of a complex and important figure in music, spiritualism, and politics. … read more

Film Review: Argylle

Film Review: Argylle
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If you’re ready to laugh and have a great time with an unapologetically indulgent thrill ride, Argylle is just the ticket for a weekend diversion. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Hit Man

Sundance Film Review: Hit Man
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If you can tell yourself “it’s only a movie” and take it with a grain of salt, Hit Man is likely to be the most enjoyable two hours you’ll spend at the movies. … read more

Sundance Interview: Molly Manning Walker on How To Have Sex

Sundance Interview: Molly Manning Walker on How To Have Sex
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British Writer-Director Molly Manning Walker brought her narrative feature debut, How To Have Sex, to Park City this year, where—despite the chilly weather—it received a warm reception. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Presence

Sundance Film Review: Presence
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Presence is less a movie than it is a gimmick, and while I’m all for Soderbergh making smaller films, this is the latest frustrating example of his tendency to go for volume above all else. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Ponyboi 

Sundance Film Review: Ponyboi 
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Ponyboi is a bold and transcendent performance that is screaming out to be seen, and if Hollywood is willing to look at Gallo, it could be a game changer. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Rob Peace

Sundance Film Review: Rob Peace
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Ejiofor capably tells a tragic tale that is worthy of the Bard in Rob Peace—if he can hone is instincts a bit, he has the potential to be great storyteller. … read more

Lucy Lawless will Never Look Away From A Great Story

Lucy Lawless will Never Look Away From A Great Story
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If there’s one thing that Lawless hopes audiences will take away from her film, it’s a sense of love and respect for journalists working in war zones. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Suncoast

Sundance Film Review: Suncoast
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In the case of Suncoast, it feels a bit too much like writer/director Laura Chinn was meeting with her therapist and was told “just write a screenplay about your teenage experiences and see if you can work in a part for Woody Harrelson.” … read more

Sundance Film Review: The American Society of Magical Negroes

Sundance Film Review: The American Society of Magical Negroes
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The American Society of Magical Negroes is a daring, exquisitely crafted film that succeeds on every level, entertaining while educating and, most importantly, giving voice to thoughts and feelings that need to be shared and heard. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Love Me

Sundance Film Review: Love Me
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Love Me follows two artificial intelligences as they navigate the pitfalls of a relationship while learning to understand one another as they become more aware of themselves.  … read more

Sundance Film Review: Winner

Sundance Film Review: Winner
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Winner is the story of Reality Winner, a Capitol Hill misfit who becomes an unlikely whistleblower for exposing Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. … read more

Sundance Film Review: My Old Ass

Sundance Film Review: My Old Ass
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In My Old Ass, Elliot meets her older self during a mushroom trip the summer before she leaves for college. … read more

Film Review: The Color Purple

Film Review: The Color Purple
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While this version of The Color Purple may be a satisfying experience for the most hardcore musical fans, it’s at best a mere footnote to the original’s legacy. … read more

Film Review: Poor Things

Film Review: Poor Things
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Poor Things is far and away the most unique film of the year, though whether it’s among the best is more debatable. … read more

Film Review: Wonka

Film Review: Wonka
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Wonka delivers enough goofy fun and pure imagination to earn a very enthusiastic recommendation. … read more

The Top 11 Films of 2023

The Top 11 Films of 2023
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As the year comes to a close and we head toward 2024, Patrick Gibbs returns with his top 11 films of 2023. … read more

Film Review: Leave the World Behind

Film Review: Leave the World Behind
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Leave the World Behind is an engaging and unnerving thriller that moves briskly and is expertly acted, demonstrating Esmail’s skill as a filmmaker. … read more

Film Review: Saltburn

Film Review: Saltburn
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Saltburn is a technically impressive work demonstrating Fennell’s directorial talent and that she’s very much still a promising, young filmmaker. … read more

Film Review: Dream Scenario

Film Review: Dream Scenario
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Dream Scenario is a strange, cerebral and mesmerizing film that provides laughter, tension and a few solid scares wrapped up in a complex and creative package. … read more

Action Speaks Louder Than Words for John Woo

Action Speaks Louder Than Words for John Woo
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20 years after his film Paycheck, John Woo is back in America for the holiday-revenge thriller Silent Night, which notably includes no spoken dialogue. … read more

Film Review: Maestro

Film Review: Maestro
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Maestro is an ambitious piece that doesn’t quite hit every note, yet it’s hard not to be transfixed by the melody. … read more

Film Review: Wish

Film Review: Wish
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Even in the age of both The Disney Channel and Disney+ coming right to your home, a new animated feature from the House of Mouse is always a bit of an event. … read more

Film Review: Napoleon

Film Review: Napoleon
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If you can ignore the nagging feeling that the film is once again bringing a level of romanticism to a monster, Napoleon is a sumptuous feast of sight and sound. … read more

Film Review: Next Goal Wins

Film Review: Next Goal Wins
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Next Goal Wins is an enjoyable, offbeat sports comedy that could and should have been a lot better, though it’s not nearly as dreadful as its most vocal detractors would have you believe. … read more

Film Review: May December

Film Review: May December
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May December is a thought-provoking and deeply affecting film that deftly balances tragedy with comedy and stands among the best work of all involved. … read more

Film Review: It’s A Wonderful Knife

Film Review: It’s A Wonderful Knife
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If you’re looking to add a bit of an edge to your holiday viewing, It’s A Wonderful Knife might be just the gift you didn’t even know you needed this year. … read more

Film Review: The Killer

Film Review: The Killer
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The Killer should be required viewing in film schools as it’s practically a two-hour masterclass in directing shot by shot. … read more

Film Review: The Persian Version

Film Review: The Persian Version
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The Persian Version is a subversive twist on family comedy that overcomes muddled plotting and mediocre dialogue through boundless enthusiasm. … read more

Film Review: The Marsh King’s Daughter

Film Review: The Marsh King’s Daughter
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The Marsh King’s Daughter has just enough of junk-food, “true crime podcast”-meets-When The Crawdads Sing that it will find an audience on streaming. … read more

Film Review: Rustin

Film Review: Rustin
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Rustin is a touching monument to an often overlooked figure who played a vital part in moving our nation and society forward. … read more

Film Review: Radical

Film Review: Radical
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Radical has a strong message about our responsibility to make sure that the most vulnerable in our society are never deprived of hope. … read more

Film Review: Priscilla

Film Review: Priscilla
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Priscilla works well enough as an addendum to Luhrman’s story of Elvis as the victim, giving audiences a necessary glimpse at him as a victimizer. … read more

Film Reviews: Pain Hustlers

Film Reviews: Pain Hustlers
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Pain Hustlers should not be taken directly into the eyes or brain. Side effects may include nausea, headache and Chris Evans crawling to Marvel Studios. … read more

Film Review: The Mission

Film Review: The Mission
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The Mission is thought provoking, uncomfortable and thoroughly unforgettable, and you need not ascribe to or reject any theology to become immersed. … read more

Film Review: Killers of the Flower Moon

Film Review: Killers of the Flower Moon
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Killers of the Flower Moon is a brilliant achievement and a sobering reminder of the violence and greed indelibly sewn into the tapestry of American history. … read more

Film Review: Nyad

Film Review: Nyad
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Nyad ranks among the best sports movies since the original Rocky in 1976, and it fairs even better as an adventure film. … read more

Film Review: The Burial

Film Review: The Burial
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When it comes to providing a clear objective and protagonist to root for, the courtroom drama is even more fool proof than the sports movie. … read more

Film Review: She Came To Me

Film Review: She Came To Me
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She Came to Me is watchable enough thanks to a strong and committed cast, though it’s hardly worth a trip to the theater. … read more

Film Review: Strange Way of Life

Film Review: Strange Way of Life
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Those of you who were starting to panic because nothing new starring Pedro Pascal had been released in the last week can relax now. … read more

Film Review: The Royal Hotel

Film Review: The Royal Hotel
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Kitty Green has a rare gift for making this kind of film, and The Royal Hotel is further proof that she’s one of the most interesting filmmakers of our time. … read more

Film Review: The Creator

Film Review: The Creator
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The Creator isn’t necessarily going to be remembered as a masterpiece, but it is going to be remembered. … read more

Film Review: Dumb Money

Film Review: Dumb Money
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The underdog story is a tried-and-true formula. In the case of Dumb Money, it’s average people vs. the Wall Street power brokers in the ultimate showdown. … read more

Film Review: A Haunting in Venice

Film Review: A Haunting in Venice
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A Haunting in Venice won’t be showing up on top-10-best lists, and it’s nothing particularly new, though the latter is hardly a strike against it. … read more

Film Review: Scrapper

Film Review: Scrapper
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Like Georgie herself, Scrapper highly deserves attention and love—this is a movie that you simply don’t want to miss out on. … read more

Film Review: Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose

Film Review: Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose
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Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose left me wanting, and it almost feels like a pitch for a movie that isn’t quite finished. … read more

Film Review: The Equalizer 3

Film Review: The Equalizer 3
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The Equalizer 3 Director: Antoine Fuqua Escape Artists In Theaters: 09.01 “Third time’s the charm” rarely applies to film. From The Godfather Part III to Spider-Man 3, the third chapter in a trilogy often holds a dishonorable place in the movie pantheon. The Equalizer 3 manages to hit the mark more often than most threequels,

Film Review: Mutt

Film Review: Mutt
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Mutt is a terrific film that truly falls into the “must see” category, whether it’s a story that you relate to or perhaps especially if it’s not. … read more

Film Review: The Good Mother

Film Review: The Good Mother
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The Good Mother is a serviceable and forgettable thriller that feels rushed and compromised by budget and runtime constraints. … read more

Film Review: The Hill

Film Review: The Hill
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The human drama in The Hill is so bland that it’s hard to care and far too corny to be taken seriously. … read more

Film Review: Golda

Film Review: Golda
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Golda has good intentions in trying to honor a major figure and capture a significant period, yet it misses every opportunity to make that feel interesting. … read more

Film Review: Blue Beetle

Film Review: Blue Beetle
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Blue Beetle isn’t going to be the breakthrough film that makes the genre skyrocket back to its full glory, but it may help slow the descent just a bit.  … read more

Film Review: Strays

Film Review: Strays
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Strays didn’t need to reach high to be guilty-pleasure entertainment; it just needed to do more than revel in reaching as low as possible. … read more

Film Review: Afire

Film Review: Afire
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Afire is a slow burn, a slight yet engrossing and ultimately moving slice-of-life film not for all tastes. … read more

Dustin Guy Defa Talks The Adults

Dustin Guy Defa Talks The Adults
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The Adults, the new film from Writer/Director Dustin Guy Defa, grapples with childhood and identity as it explores the relationships between three adult siblings. … read more

Film Review: The Last Voyage of the Demeter

Film Review: The Last Voyage of the Demeter
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The Last Voyage of the Demeter is an entertaining, gothic-horror thriller that flirts with greatness only to fall short. … read more

Film Review: Jules

Film Review: Jules
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Jules recalls nothing so much as the kind of bargain basement, straight-to-VHS movies of the late ’80s and early ’90s. … read more

Film Review: Dreamin’ Wild

Film Review: Dreamin’ Wild
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Dreamin’ Wild Director: Bill Pohland River Road Entertainment In Theaters 08.04.2023 Dreamin’ Wild is a unique entry in the musician biopic genre in that it’s not just about telling a story we haven’t heard before; it introduces us to a real band that we only wish we’d known about before now. Dreamin’ Wild stars Oscar

Film Review: Shortcomings

Film Review: Shortcomings
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If you’re looking for a small, quirky indie flick that’s never boring, Shortcomings is a film that thankfully fails completely to live up to its title. … read more

Shauna Brand and The Meddlesome Mystery of The Fringe Festival

Shauna Brand and The Meddlesome Mystery of The Fringe Festival
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If you’re looking for family-friendly fun with flair, get a clue and grab a seat for The Advantageous Adventures of Mrs. Meddlesome: Curse of the Tomb. … read more

Film Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Film Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is not even close to being definitive, and for hard core fans, the key to enjoying it is to embrace that fact. … read more

Film Review: Earth Mama

Film Review: Earth Mama
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Earth Mama is a beautiful film and powerful character study about the sort of person that society judges daily yet rarely makes any effort to understand. … read more

Film Review: Haunted Mansion

Film Review: Haunted Mansion
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Haunted Mansion may struggle to find its footing in theaters, but it has a definite future as traditional October viewing. … read more

Film Review: The Beanie Bubble

Film Review: The Beanie Bubble
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The Beanie Bubble accomplishes what it sets out to do, entertaining audiences and telling a story on recognizing a toxic relationship and embracing self worth. … read more

Film Review: Oppenheimer

Film Review: Oppenheimer
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Oppenheimer is smart, ambitious and has an epic “event movie” quality that combines serious drama with a blockbuster sense of showmanship. … read more

Film Review: They Cloned Tyrone

Film Review: They Cloned Tyrone
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They Cloned Tyrone is far and away one of the best films of the summer, and it’s a smart, hilarious, action-packed and thought-provoking mindbender. … read more

Film Review: The Miracle Club

Film Review: The Miracle Club
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The Miracle Club is a disposable film that is far from terrible, though the only real miracle here is that anyone thought this was a story worth telling. … read more

Film Review: The Lesson

Film Review: The Lesson
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The Lesson is a solidly executed film that’s worth seeing once just for Grant’s performance, and some audiences are going to love it. … read more

Film Review: Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One.

Film Review: Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One.
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After reinvigorating the audiences with the exciting Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise has accepted his mission to save us from the box office slump once again. … read more

Nick Bruno and Troy Quane on the Magical Message of Nimona

Nick Bruno and Troy Quane on the Magical Message of...
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Nimona, from directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane, is a story of transformation that celebrates finding joy in the most magical beings of all: our true selves. … read more

Film Review: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Film Review: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
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Patrick Gibbs, one of the most stalwart fans of the series, finds Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is a satisfying epilogue. … read more

Film Review: No Hard Feelings

Film Review: No Hard Feelings
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No Hard Feelings is a winning and thoroughly charming comedy that has the potential to be a real crowd-pleaser. … read more

Director Anthony Mandler on Surrounded

Director Anthony Mandler on Surrounded
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A quick glance at Antony Mandler’s IMDb page hardly makes one jump to the thought that he’s the perfect choice to make the next great western. One of the most prolific music video directors in the business, Mandler is more likely to be mentioned in conjunction with Beyoncé or Selena Gomez than with cowboys and

Film Review: Past Lives

Film Review: Past Lives
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Redefining a relationship with a past love has rarely been handled with such a real sense of truth. Past Lives is a beautiful and haunting story. … read more

Film Review: The Flash

Film Review: The Flash
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The Flash is a disappointing installment to the DC cinematic universe, with some of the worst CGI in recent history. … read more

Film Review: Elemental

Film Review: Elemental
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Elemental isn’t reinventing the wheel, though it does stand out by being Pixar’s first straight-up romantic comedy. … read more

Traveling to New Orleans, Schmicago and the Planet of the Apes with Karin Konoval

Traveling to New Orleans, Schmicago and the Planet of the...
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Karin Konoval is best known for her role as Maurice the Orangutan in the Planet of the Apes prequels. Her background in musical theater and performance finally came to film with her character “The Barfly” in Schmigadoon! season 2. … read more

Film Review: Sanctuary

Film Review: Sanctuary
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If you’re looking to escape the familiar trappings of recycled blockbusters, the darkly comic psychological thriller Sanctuary is a great place to hide out. … read more

Film Review: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Film Review: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
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While we are definitely reaching a point where multiverse movies are becoming too common, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is easily among the best of them. … read more

Film Review: The Little Mermaid

Film Review: The Little Mermaid
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While it does manage to be an enjoyable and visually sumptuous summer blockbuster, The Little Mermaid isn’t new or great enough to be a new Disney classic. … read more

Film Review: Master Gardener

Film Review: Master Gardener
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While Master Gardener plants strong seeds, what grows is undernourished and never quite as beautiful or impactful as you want it to be. … read more

Film Review: Carmen

Film Review: Carmen
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Benjamin Millipied’s Carmen is one operatic performance that simply hits too many sour notes to endure. … read more

Tatum Langton on Her One-Woman Show REDEEMher

Tatum Langton on Her One-Woman Show REDEEMher
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Storytelling drives Tatum Langton, and following that calling brings her a sense of purpose and peace, driving her toward daring, creative challenges. … read more

Film Review: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Film Review: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
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What’s Love Got To With It? caught me by surprise in all the best ways. Arrange some time to see this with the person you love. … read more

Film Review: Polite Society

Film Review: Polite Society
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Polite Society knows exactly what it wants to be and has both the courage to break molds and a director with the skill and vision to cast new ones. … read more

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3
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Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 is a glorious return to form for the MCU and a satisfying final chapter to arguably the best and most unique Marvel series. … read more

Film Review: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret

Film Review: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret
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Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret doesn’t just do the book justice—it’s a cinematic masterpiece and easily the best film to come out of Hollywood this year. … read more

Film Review: Showing Up

Film Review: Showing Up
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Showing Up is a quiet, introspective and insightful film in the best tradition of Kelly Reichardt’s finely honed style. … read more

Film Reviews: Chevalier

Film Reviews: Chevalier
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Chevalier is a haunting film that will inspire people to research Joseph Bologne and his many accomplishments. … read more

Film Review: To Catch A Killer

Film Review: To Catch A Killer
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To Catch A Killer Director: Damián Szifron FilmNation Entertainment and RainMaker Films In Theaters: 04.21 It’s disturbing and unsurprising that movies about mass shooter events have become a subgenre, with entries ranging from powerful artistic works to pure exploitation. The new Shailene Woodley vehicle, To Catch a Killer, isn’t the worst movie to come out

Film Review: Mafia Mamma

Film Review: Mafia Mamma
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If you get involved with organized crime, you’d better know what you’re doing—Catherine Hardwicke doesn’t. … read more

Chris McKay on the Biting Humor of Renfield

Chris McKay on the Biting Humor of Renfield
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The relationship between horror and comedy is on display in every frame of director Chris McKay’s Renfield, a new take on the Dracula legend which finds humor in upping the emotional stakes of the story by introducing using modern sensibilities and ideas about self care. Nicholas Hoult stars as R.M. Renfield, the loyal servant of

Film Review: Chupa

Film Review: Chupa
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Chupa has its heart firmly in the right place, and as live action, family-friendly entertainment goes, it’s above average. … read more

Film Review: Air

Film Review: Air
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Air is a return to form for Ben Affleck the director and Matt Damon the actor, and hopefully it’s the beginning of a renaissance for both. … read more

A.V. Rockwell on the Connective Tissue of A Thousand and One

A.V. Rockwell on the Connective Tissue of A Thousand and...
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The future looks bright for A Thousand And One and for Rockwell, who is filled with stories to tell and has a passion for her art form and her city. … read more

Film Review: Tetris

Film Review: Tetris
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Tetris is an enjoyable and engrossing way to pass time. All the pieces come together to score some points in Apple’s quest to level up as a top player in film. … read more

Film Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Film Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is a clever and exciting adventure film that actually feels fresh and innovative. … read more

Film Review: John Wick: Chapter 4

Film Review: John Wick: Chapter 4
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John Wick: Chapter 4, the supposed final installment, ranks among the most skillfully executed gun ballet movies ever made. … read more

Film Review: Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Film Review: Shazam! Fury of the Gods
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Shazam! Fury of the Gods is a breath of fresh air, rejuvenating a stagnating genre with fun and cohesive storytelling that lately has been nearly absent. … read more

Film Review: Champions

Film Review: Champions
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Champions is made for people looking for an uplifting and entertaining two hours at the movies, and it works nicely on that level. … read more

Film Review: Creed III

Film Review: Creed III
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Creed III is another formulaic entry in a decades-long series—it’s also a strong example of why it has endured as a cultural touchstone. … read more

Film Review: Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre

Film Review: Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre
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Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre is just barely fun enough if you go in with expectations in check, though it’s all been done before in better films. … read more

Film Review: Cocaine Bear

Film Review: Cocaine Bear
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Cocaine Bear is one of the most entertaining movies of the year so far and without question the stupidest film destined to be a cult classic. … read more

Film Review: Emily

Film Review: Emily
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Emily is an insightful extrapolation of the life of an Emily Bronte, and it’s likely to be a significant entry in the careers of both its director and its star. … read more

Film Review: Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania

Film Review: Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
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If you’re looking for your Marvel fix, Quantumania will suffice. After all, you never have to wait long for the next one. … read more

Film Review: Your Place or Mine

Film Review: Your Place or Mine
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Your Place Or Mine is the rom-com equivalent of a generic greeting card, and there aren’t even any chocolates included. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Theater Camp

Sundance Film Review: Theater Camp
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The subject of Theater Camp is ripe for comedy, but it feels painfully forced if it’s not done right. Thankfully, this one more or less succeeds. … read more

Film Review: Living

Film Review: Living
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Living is an uplifting and heartfelt film that is never cloying and never dwelling on its sad moments, provoking plenty of genuine warmth. … read more

Who’s Annie Stars Annie Pisapia, Sophia Peer and The Burger King of Queens

Who’s Annie Stars Annie Pisapia, Sophia Peer and The Burger...
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Who’s Annie? is a meta, comedic take on Annie Pisapia and Sophia Peer’s real life friendship and working relationship. … read more

Sundance Film Review: When It Melts

Sundance Film Review: When It Melts
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Despite the immense talent involved, Sundance film When it Melts is a frustrating failure both as a film and as a statement on an important and timely topic. … read more

Director Toby Genkel on The Amazing Maurice and That Pratchett Melody

Director Toby Genkel on The Amazing Maurice and That Pratchett...
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Director Toby Genkel’s new film, The Amazing Maurice, a subversively cynical animated take on the Pied Piper of Hamelin’s story. … read more

Sundance Film Review: STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie

Sundance Film Review: STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie
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Sundance biopic STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie provokes plenty of emotion without ever stooping to being a manipulative tearjerker. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Blueback

Sundance Film Review: Blueback
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Starring Mia Wasikowska, the Sundance feature Blueback is an entertaining family film that wears its conservationist credentials on its sleeve. … read more

Sundance Film Review: A Little Prayer

Sundance Film Review: A Little Prayer
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The family drama A Little Prayer is a reminder that the once-budding young playwright and filmmaker Angus MacLachlan has come a long way. … read more

Film Review: Flora and Son

Film Review: Flora and Son
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If you’re longing for a movie that will make you smile, wipe away your tears and start tapping your toes, Flora and Son hits all the right notes. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Eileen

Sundance Film Review: Eileen
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Eileen is an engaging, pulpy diversion that plays like an old-fashioned dime novel you had never planned to read but find that you can’t put down. … read more

Film Review: Broker

Film Review: Broker
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Despite dealing with serious, morally murky and upsetting subjects, Broker presents it all with sweetness and irresistible charm. … read more

Adura Onashile Brings Girl Power to the Screen

Adura Onashile Brings Girl Power to the Screen
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Director Adura Onashile talks to SLUG about her Sundance feature, Girl, and the power of drawing a story out of a film through accomplished actors. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Sometimes I Think About Dying

Sundance Film Review: Sometimes I Think About Dying
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Daisy Ridley adds a humanity that the script struggles to find, making Sometimes I Think About Dying a dry and extremely frustrating experience. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Fancy Dance

Sundance Film Review: Fancy Dance
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Fancy Dance stands as both a cry for help for the victimized and missing and a defiant cry of strength from those who refuse to stop looking for them. … read more

Film Review: A Man Called Otto

Film Review: A Man Called Otto
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A Man Called Otto is an excellent showcase for one of the top movie stars of the past 50 years and a poignant study of loneliness, despair and love. … read more

Noah’s Arc Continues in Leverage: Redemption Season Two 

Noah’s Arc Continues in Leverage: Redemption Season Two 
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Leverage: Redemption tackles serious themes relevant to the world we live in, and does it in a way that allows the audience to have some fun along the way. … read more

The Top 11 Films of 2022

The Top 11 Films of 2022
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That’s a wrap on another year of moviegoing, folks, and what a year! Patrick Gibbs presents his picks for The Top 11 Films of 2022, in alphabetical order. … read more

Film Review: Babylon

Film Review: Babylon
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While Babylon has hilarious moments and visual marvels scattered throughout its mammoth runtime, Chazelle never lets up on bombarding audiences with excess. … read more

Film Review: The Whale

Film Review: The Whale
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The Whale is an unrelentingly repulsive and degrading film that does everything in its power to treat its lead character as if he were part of a freak show. … read more

Film Review: Emancipation

Film Review: Emancipation
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Given the current climate where too many Americans want to downplay or ignore the history and lingering effects of slavery, Emancipation deserves to be seen. … read more

Jonathan Kasdan On the Magic of Willow

Jonathan Kasdan On the Magic of Willow
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Jonathan Kasdan, writer of Solo: A Star Wars Story, talks about the creative direction of Disney+’s Willow and its Star Wars connection. … read more

Film Review: Avatar: The Way of Water

Film Review: Avatar: The Way of Water
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Avatar: The Way of Water commits all of the major sins of an unnecessary sequel and delivers big disappointment for fans and a smug affirmation for detractors. … read more

Film Review: Empire of Light

Film Review: Empire of Light
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Director Sam Mendes returns to his roots with the intimate character drama Empire of Light, the latest entry in the “love letter to the movies” genre.  … read more

Film Review: Violent Night

Film Review: Violent Night
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Starring David Harbour, Violent Night is a naughty treat that makes the nice list for those needing an edgier alternative to Hallmark movies. … read more

Film Review: Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams

Film Review: Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams
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Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams is a sincere effort, yet it remains an unimaginative, paint-by-numbers piece of filmmaking entry for a generally great director. … read more

Film Review: Strange World

Film Review: Strange World
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Strange World is a throwback to the popular pulp of the ’40s and ’50s and updated for modern audiences with progressive sensibilities. … read more

Film Review: The Fabelmans

Film Review: The Fabelmans
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The Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg’s intimate self-portrait, is the film that I’ve been waiting to see for most of my life.   … read more

Film Review: Bones and All

Film Review: Bones and All
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It’s fair to say that Luca Guadagnino’s cannibal love story, Bones and All, is the perfect film for the Thanksgiving holiday. … read more

Film Review: She Said

Film Review: She Said
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At a time when the #metoo movement is experiencing heartbreaking setbacks, She Said will hopefully serve as a rallying cry—victim’s voices will not be silenced. … read more

Film Review: The Menu

Film Review: The Menu
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The intriguing new horror comedy The Menu serves up a rich, exquisite premise with plenty of flavor, yet the meal feels frustratingly undercooked. … read more

Film Review: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio 

Film Review: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio 
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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is an inspired labor of love, a dream project for the director that has been a long time in the making, and manages to stand out in a year that is overflowing with top-tier animated films. … read more

To Leslie, Thanks For Everything, Stephen Root

To Leslie, Thanks For Everything, Stephen Root
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While you may not know the name Stephen Root off the top of your head, you’ve almost certainly seen him or heard his voice in multiple films or television series over the years. … read more

Film Review: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Film Review: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
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Whether Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is one of 2022’s hits rests largely on whether the film’s somber tone will lend itself to repeat viewings. … read more

Film Review: Armageddon Time

Film Review: Armageddon Time
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The semi-autobiographical feature has become a major trend among top-tier directors, and Armageddon Time desperately wants to be counted among them. … read more

Film Review: Enola Holmes 2

Film Review: Enola Holmes 2
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The arrival of Enola Holmes 2 signals that the young star has brought the streaming giant the one thing they’ve had trouble finding: a genuine movie franchise. … read more

Film Review: The Banshees of Inisherin

Film Review: The Banshees of Inisherin
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The Banshees of Inisherin is an instant classic, a perfect blend of the absurd and the profound, and it’s likely to be one of the defining films of 2022. … read more

Film Review: Decision To Leave

Film Review: Decision To Leave
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Decision to Leave is a spellbinding experience, a transportive trip back in time to a different era of filmmaking that brings enough ingenuity and modern edge. … read more

Henry Selick Is Back For More Spooky Fun with Wendell & Wild

Henry Selick Is Back For More Spooky Fun with Wendell...
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Wendell & Wild is another triumph for a Henry Selick, handling weighty topics for thoughtful discussion—grab your popcorn for the movie event of Halloween. … read more

Film Review: All Quiet on the Western Front 

Film Review: All Quiet on the Western Front 
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All Quiet on the Western Front should be required viewing as a counterpoint for young people who are considering joining the Armed Forces. … read more

Film Review: Till

Film Review: Till
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Whether or not Till is among the most cutting-edge films of the year, it’s a powerful experience with a sense of urgency and truth that demands to be seen. … read more

Film Review: Black Adam

Film Review: Black Adam
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While Black Adam gets pretty dumb at times, viewing it in the right conditions may bring you around—you might even want to see it twice. … read more

Film Review: The School for Good and Evil

Film Review: The School for Good and Evil
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A good tween recommendation with themes of superficial ideas of good and evil, The School for Good and Evil is campy & witchy—perfect for the Halloween season. … read more

Film Review: Tár

Film Review: Tár
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Todd Field’s dry approach isn’t going to work for everyone, but if you love great music and great acting, Tár hits all the right notes. … read more

Sam Levy On Shooting Confess, Fletch

Sam Levy On Shooting Confess, Fletch
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Murder mystery comedy Confess, Fletch proves to be a perfect fit as Sam Levy’s next feature, and there’s no mystery as to why he chose to do the film. … read more

Julian Higgins Takes The Western Into New Territory

Julian Higgins Takes The Western Into New Territory
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God’s Country is a meticulously crafted, thought-provoking film establishing Julian Higgins as one of the boldest rising talents in the industry today. … read more

Film Review: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile 

Film Review: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile 
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Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is a thoroughly entertaining, good-hearted and well-made little gem that deserves to be looked upon with an open mind. … read more

Puffs Brings A Bit of Unauthorized Magic to Trolley Square

Puffs Brings A Bit of Unauthorized Magic to Trolley Square
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Puffs follows the years when “The Boy Who Lived” attended a certain famous wizarding school, told from the point of view of one of the less prominent houses. … read more

Film Review: Amsterdam

Film Review: Amsterdam
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While there’s far too much to love about Amsterdam to dismiss it as a failure, the clunky missteps make it difficult to embrace as a true success. … read more

Film Review: Blonde

Film Review: Blonde
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Blonde’s cast are doing their best with cardboard characterizations, and each of them is failed by bad material in this sleazy, stupid, grease stain of a movie. … read more

Film Review: Hocus Pocus 2

Film Review: Hocus Pocus 2
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Hocus Pocus 2 is aimed at the audience who knows they want to see it, and it’s a decent, disposable Halloween movie for kids—nothing more or less. … read more

Film Review: The Greatest Beer Run Ever

Film Review: The Greatest Beer Run Ever
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The Greatest Beer Run Ever provides moderate enjoyment and is aimed at audiences who are used to films pulling their punches. … read more

Film Review: See How They Run

Film Review: See How They Run
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Here’s a clue: don’t walk, run to your local movie house to crack See How They Run wide open—if you’re looking to get sucked into a good story. … read more

Film Review: The Woman King

Film Review: The Woman King
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It took something special to really pull me into that kind of movie again. Specifically, it took Viola Davis, Gina Prince-Bythewood and The Woman King. … read more

Film Review: Clerks III

Film Review: Clerks III
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Let’s be clear that Clerks III is for die-hard, obsessive fans of Kevin Smith, who has made this movie for himself first and fans as a close second. … read more

Invincible Czars Bring New Bite To A 100-Year-Old Vampire Movie

Invincible Czars Bring New Bite To A 100-Year-Old Vampire Movie
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Nosferatu celebrates its centennial this year, and the Salt Lake Film Society is giving you the chance to experience the film as you’ve never seen it before. … read more

Film Review: Pinocchio

Film Review: Pinocchio
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A fun and joyful rendition, Pinocchio earns a solid recommendation from SLUG, and you might even find yourself watching it more than once. … read more

Making Great TV is A Walk in the Park for Josh Gad and Emmy-Raver Lampman

Making Great TV is A Walk in the Park for...
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The third season of Josh Gad’s Central Park on AppleTV+ brings plenty of laughs and show-stopping musical numbers while also tackling serious subjects. … read more

Film Review: Gigi & Nate

Film Review: Gigi & Nate
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The performances in Gigi & Nate range from broadly stereotypical to awkwardly wooden, and the only character with any kind of nuance is the monkey. … read more

Film Review: Burial

Film Review: Burial
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While not a bad film and worthy of a rental, Burial is simply not the movie that it had the potential to be. … read more

Film Review: Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul

Film Review: Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul
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Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul is a decent film with enough energetic charm and skill behind it to highlight the promising talents of its cast. … read more

Film Review: Breaking

Film Review: Breaking
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Breaking falls short of a modern classic, yet it remains an involving film that is easily my pick for the best new film opening this weekend. … read more

Film Review: Three Thousand Years of Longing

Film Review: Three Thousand Years of Longing
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In Three Thousand Years of Longing, George Miller may have earned the clout to make something utterly flat, but audiences have the right to a better time. … read more

Michelle Danner Talks The Runner

Michelle Danner Talks The Runner
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If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about the correlation between art and education, it’s Michelle Danner, the director of the new thriller, The Runner. … read more

James Morosini On The Emotional Truth of I Love My Dad

James Morosini On The Emotional Truth of I Love My...
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I Love My Dad is an equal mix of outrageously hilarious and deeply touching, representing a breakthrough for director James Morosini as an ambitious artist. … read more

Film Review: Fall

Film Review: Fall
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Director Scott Mann certainly knows how to stage exciting action but Fall is a stupid movie, though when it’s just having fun with its own silliness, it’s actually quite an entertaining one. … read more

Dale Dickey and Wes Studi Carry A Love Song In Their Hearts

Dale Dickey and Wes Studi Carry A Love Song In...
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Dale Dickey and Wes Studi of A Love Song speak eloquently about the nature of love and loneliness, often without saying a word at all. … read more

Jono McCloud on the Lessons Learned From My Old School

Jono McCloud on the Lessons Learned From My Old School
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My Old School, a documentary feature from director Jono McCloud, chronicles the tale of the greatest “remember when?” high school stories of all time. … read more

Simon Pegg Talks Isolation, Mental Health and Luck

Simon Pegg Talks Isolation, Mental Health and Luck
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In Simon Pegg’s latest project, Luck, the new film from Skydance Animation and AppleTV+, we learn how he’s made it all possible: Pegg has nine lives. … read more

Film Review: Prey

Film Review: Prey
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For the first time in 35 years, the Predator franchise has given us a movie that knows exactly what it wants to be and delivers on its promising potential. … read more

Film Review: Thirteen Lives

Film Review: Thirteen Lives
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Howard has made a straightforward chronicle of the events and the people who came together to make a miracle happen in Thirteen Lives. … read more

The Zion King Returns Home with Jewtah

The Zion King Returns Home with Jewtah
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Jeremy Rishe, writer and star of Jewtah, grew up in Utah in the ’80s and ’90s, raised in Mormon-centric culture, as a practicing Jew. … read more

Film Review: They/Them

Film Review: They/Them
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As a slasher movie, They/Them is far below average. As a psychological horror movie, it simply paints with strokes that are far too broad to be truly effective. … read more

Film Review: Resurrection

Film Review: Resurrection
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Whether it’s your cup of tea or not, Resurrection, the provocative psychological thriller from director Andrew Semens, is certainly unique. … read more

Utah Women Make Their Voices Heard in Monologues From A Movement

Utah Women Make Their Voices Heard in Monologues From A...
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Monologues From A Movement, an original stage play written by Amanda Caraway and directed by Cami Rozanas, is all about giving Utah women a chance to be heard. … read more

Film Review: DC League of Super-Pets

Film Review: DC League of Super-Pets
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Animated film DC League of Super-Pets is a pure gold film—it’s the superhero movie that we need and the one that our kids deserve. … read more

Film Review: Vengeance

Film Review: Vengeance
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Comedy thriller Vengeance provides a sharp, entertaining film with a stellar cast and quirky, subversive sense of humor. … read more

Looking Beneath The Surface with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Looking Beneath The Surface with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Oliver Jackson-Cohen
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw has had a career full of memorable experiences; now she stars in Surface, a series that explores memories, and what happens when they are gone. … read more

Film Review: Marcel The Shell With Shoes On

Film Review: Marcel The Shell With Shoes On
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Marcel The Shell With Shoes On proves that sometimes the most insightful films about humanity don’t need to be about humans. … read more

Film Review: The Gray Man

Film Review: The Gray Man
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The Gray Man, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, is a ’90s throwback featuring classic cringey, cartoonish dialogue, and fast-paced chase scenes. … read more

Film Review: Where The Crawdads Sing

Film Review: Where The Crawdads Sing
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Where The Crawdads Sing, the screen adaptation of Delia Owens’ almost ludicrously bestselling novel, wasn’t exactly made with me in mind. … read more

Film Review: Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

Film Review: Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
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Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank moves quickly enough to keep kids entertained, and my nephews had a lot of fun with it, which meant that I did too. … read more

Film Review: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Film Review: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is a movie that makes you feel honestly happy, inspired and appreciative, a beautiful fairy tale to share with people you care about … read more

Film Review: Persuasion

Film Review: Persuasion
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Carrie Cracknell brings a tasteful and modern adaptation to Jane Austen’s final novel. Persuasion offers a creative new spin on a classic. … read more

How Chris Williams Conquered The Sea Beast

How Chris Williams Conquered The Sea Beast
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When Chris Williams pitched the concept for The Sea Beast to Netflix Animation, the streaming giant was sold on his creative vision. … read more

Dennis Lehane and Paul Walter Hauser on Black Bird 

Dennis Lehane and Paul Walter Hauser on Black Bird 
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Dennis Lehane, who adapted the true-crime miniseries Black Bird for television, speaks to the difficulties in adapting nonfiction stories for the screen. … read more

Emma Holly Jones on Mr. Malcolm’s List 

Emma Holly Jones on Mr. Malcolm’s List 
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Emma Holly Jones, the producer and director of Mr. Malcom’s List, was born and raised in England and grew up watching BBC adaptations of Austen’s books. … read more

Film Review: Thor: Love and Thunder

Film Review: Thor: Love and Thunder
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Thor: Love and Thunder was a creative shot in the musclebound arm for Marvel, and it’s the first time since Endgame that I feel the need to see a Marvel twice. … read more

Film Review: Minions: The Rise of Gru

Film Review: Minions: The Rise of Gru
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Minions: The Rise of Gru benefits from centering Steve Carrell, though there’s simply no getting around the fact that the whole schtick is wearing thin. … read more

Film Review: The Forgiven

Film Review: The Forgiven
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The Forgiven features unforgettable performances and an apparently shallow outlook that deceptively hides layers of intriguing ideas for audiences to peel away. … read more

Film Review: Official Competition

Film Review: Official Competition
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Official Competition is a clever comedy I can easily see becoming a beloved favorite among the target audience of cinephiles, the creative and artistic. … read more

Series Review: Only Murders in the Building: Season 2

Series Review: Only Murders in the Building: Season 2
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I have no clue as to just how many good seasons Only Murders in the Building will have, but if they are even half as entertaining, I’ll be watching. … read more

Film Review: The Phantom of the Open

Film Review: The Phantom of the Open
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The Phantom of the Open left me feeling invigorated and rejuvenated, and it’s on par with some of the best films of the genre. … read more

Home is Where the Heart is For Davey Fest

Home is Where the Heart is For Davey Fest
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The idea of kicking off the 2022 edition of the Davey Fest with a screening of My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell it To felt right to the Cuartas brothers. … read more

Film Review: Elvis

Film Review: Elvis
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As a spectacle and an experience, Luhrman’s Elvis is satisfying and invigorating, a rhinestone-studded summer extravaganza done with skill and love. … read more

Interview: Makeup Designer Donald Mowat

Interview: Makeup Designer Donald Mowat
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Donald Mowat, the Oscar-nominated makeup designer on Dune, No Time To Die and Moon Knight, grew up to be the guy who makes our heroes look good. … read more

Film Review: The Lost Girls

Film Review: The Lost Girls
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The Lost Girls, a retelling of Peter Pan from a female perspective, is a treatise on trying to avoid growing up that merely left me trying to avoid throwing up. … read more

Film Review: Lightyear

Film Review: Lightyear
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Lightyear proves itself more of a children’s sci-fi action movie than a Toy Story prequel. The memorable cast make Lightyear an out-of-this-world summer flick. … read more

Film Review: Benediction

Film Review: Benediction
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There’s much to admire in Terence Davies’ newest film, and the best elements of Benediction easily carry it through the weaker moments. … read more

Film Review: Jurassic World Dominion

Film Review: Jurassic World Dominion
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Jurassic World Dominion is a bit of a mess, and while I enjoyed it a lot, I simply can’t call it a genuinely good film and keep any credibility as a critic. … read more

Film Review: Watcher

Film Review: Watcher
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Watcher is a thoroughly satisfying suspense movie that proves that a film doesn’t have to take an in-your-face approach to get inside your head. … read more

Interview: Love, Algorithms and Ted Lasso Intersect in Pragma

Interview: Love, Algorithms and Ted Lasso Intersect in Pragma
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Pragma, a short film from Lucy Heath, Ellie Heydon and Phil Dunster, is a clever British comedy making a world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 10. … read more

Film Review: Hustle

Film Review: Hustle
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If you’re looking for something without CGI but aren’t quite in the mood for challenging arthouse fare, Hustle scores enough points to make it a winning choice. … read more

Film Review: Crimes of the Future

Film Review: Crimes of the Future
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Crimes of the Future is definitely not for all tastes, though fans of Cronenberg, and lovers of the macabre, will likely find it to be a must-see. … read more

Interview: The Politics, Corruption and Comedy of 18½ 

Interview: The Politics, Corruption and Comedy of 18½ 
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18½ is a wild and memorable comedy reminiscent of the classic subversive satires of Robert Altman with a freshness that’s all its own. … read more

Film Review: Interceptor

Film Review: Interceptor
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There are much worthier ways to waste your time and brain cells than Interceptor and too many superior steaming options to make it worth giving a chance. … read more

Film Review: Top Gun: Maverick

Film Review: Top Gun: Maverick
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When you’re planning your summer moviegoing fun, I would strongly suggest making Top Gun: Maverick your top priority, and yes, see it in IMAX. … read more

Series Review: Stranger Things: Season 4, Volume 1

Series Review: Stranger Things: Season 4, Volume 1
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Volume 1 will keep you hooked all the way to the end of episode seven. The bad news, of course, is that we have to wait until July for Season 4: Volume 2. … read more

Film Review: Bob’s Burgers Movie

Film Review: Bob’s Burgers Movie
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The Bob’s Burgers Movie is a piece of comfort food moviegoing that I didn’t even know I needed right now. … read more

The World is a Dangerous Playground in Eskil Vogt’s The Innocents

The World is a Dangerous Playground in Eskil Vogt’s The...
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Patrick Gibbs interviews Eskil Voigt, the writer and director of The Innocents, about how his film about children with super powers came to fruition. … read more

Film Review: Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Film Review: Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers
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Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is an eye-popping, gut-busting knee slapper that is likely to be among the most satisfying films of the summer movie season. … read more

Film Review: Men

Film Review: Men
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Men had me spellbound from beginning to end, but even for those who are familiar with Garland’s work, it’s a film that requires patience and effort. … read more

Film Review: Senior Year

Film Review: Senior Year
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Senior Year is crass and stupid, and yet there are just enough working elements to make the film something you’ll have an easy enough time streaming once. … read more

Glenn Close and Niv Sultan on Tehran: Season 2

Glenn Close and Niv Sultan on Tehran: Season 2
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Patrick Gibbs interviews Niv Sultan and Glenn Close of the Apple TV+ series Tehran about the show and Close joining the series’ second season. … read more

Film Review: The Duke

Film Review: The Duke
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The Duke is the kind of film that gives feel-good movies a good name, and it’s proof that even if crime doesn’t pay, it can be incredibly entertaining. … read more

Film Review: Pompo: The Cinephile

Film Review: Pompo: The Cinephile
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The fan base of the original manga would indicate there’s an audience for Pompo: The Cinephile, but its appeal and audience feel specific and niche. … read more

Film Review: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Film Review: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
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Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness felt far more like a product I was being sold than an actual movie. This just isn’t cinema. … read more

Film Review: Firebird

Film Review: Firebird
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There’s something important to be said in Firebird, and hopefully a story on its subject will be put in more skilled hands and inspired minds next time around. … read more

John Madden Takes on Love, War and Storytelling in Operation Mincemeat

John Madden Takes on Love, War and Storytelling in Operation...
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For John Madden, who is in his fourth decade directing for the screen, Operation Mincemeat is a noteworthy entry in a magnificent career. … read more

Film Review: Memory

Film Review: Memory
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Martin Campbell clearly doesn’t have another classic left in him, but anything else would make a less pathetic last entry in the veteran director’s filmography. … read more

LDS History Meets Murder Mystery in Under The Banner of Heaven

LDS History Meets Murder Mystery in Under The Banner of...
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Under The Banner of Heaven serves as a sobering reminder that, 38 years later, wounds left by the series-inspiring Lafferty case are not likely to go away any time soon. … read more

Showrunner Jared Stern Talks Green Eggs and Ham: The Second Serving

Showrunner Jared Stern Talks Green Eggs and Ham: The Second...
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Jared Stern has so much to do now, with shows and movies to make. But 10 years spent on Green Eggs and Ham still takes the cake. … read more

Film Review: The Bad Guys

Film Review: The Bad Guys
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The Bad Guys isn’t anything particularly new or innovative, but it’s solid entertainment taken on its own merits and worth a rental at the very least. … read more

Film Review: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Film Review: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is silly, enjoyable proof that the newly debt-free Nic Cage can finally be more selective about his projects again. … read more

Film Review: The Northman

Film Review: The Northman
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Despite the arthouse cred the Eggers name brings, The Northman didn’t stray far enough from Hollywood conventions for my taste. … read more

Film Review: Aline

Film Review: Aline
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Aline hits one false note after another, and as much as I’m loath to stoop to such a cheap reference, yes, my hate will go on and on. … read more

Film Review: Les Olympiades (Paris, 13th District)

Film Review: Les Olympiades (Paris, 13th District)
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Paris, 13th District borders on trifling, which is disappointing given this comes from misguided choices rather than a lack of substantive ideas. … read more

Series Review: A Very British Scandal

Series Review: A Very British Scandal
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A Very British Scandal is sordid without being trashy, but it’s very definitely aimed at those who enjoy watching painful drama unfold. … read more

Film Review: Ambulance

Film Review: Ambulance
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Ambulance works only in the sense that the title tells its whole story: a loud, irritating noise warning us to get out of the way, letting it pass us by. … read more

Film Review: Everything Everywhere All At Once

Film Review: Everything Everywhere All At Once
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Everything Everywhere All At Once is rewarding for those interested in a ride through multiple universes and a tender exploration of the fragile human psyche. … read more

Simchas and Sorrows Finds Comedy In Relationships and Religion

Simchas and Sorrows Finds Comedy In Relationships and Religion
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How far would you go to win the approval of your future in-laws? This question is at the heart of Simchas and Sorrows, a new film from Genevieve Adams … read more

Film Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Film Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
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The Secrets of Dumbledore acted as a port key back to my happy place, enough so that I was able to forgive the shortcomings to a point that I will see it again. … read more

Film Review: The Bubble

Film Review: The Bubble
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Judd Apatow’s tendency to believe that too much is never enough is frustrating to say the least, giving The Bubble a feeling of half-baked indulgence. … read more

Film Review: Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood

Film Review: Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood
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 Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood is a snapshot that revels in the nostalgia of anyone who dreamed of flying into space alongside the original astronauts … read more

Series Review: Moon Knight

Series Review: Moon Knight
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Moon Knight stands as something new and exciting in a way that nothing since WandaVision has been able to accomplish. … read more

Film Review: The Lost City

Film Review: The Lost City
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There should be no illusions that you’re going into anything great here. The Lost City too often undermines its own potential by playing things too broadly. … read more

Film Review: Infinite Storm

Film Review: Infinite Storm
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Infinite Storm is too grounded in reality to be thrilling escapist action but far too labored and maudlin in its quieter character moments to work as a drama. … read more

Film Review: Windfall

Film Review: Windfall
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I consider Jessie Plemons to be one the finest actors working today, which is all the more reason to resent Windfall for wasting his talent and my time. … read more

The Unsinkable Teemu Nikki and Jani Pösö

The Unsinkable Teemu Nikki and Jani Pösö
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Patrick Gibbs speaks with Teemu Nikki and Jani Pösö about how their film The Blind Man Who Did Not Want To See Titanic represents a blind perspective. … read more

Film Review: The Outfit

Film Review: The Outfit
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The Outfit is the most entertaining and satisfying film to hit theaters this year so far and a fine addition to the mobster genre. … read more

Oscar Nominee Martin Strange-Hansen Has A Lot On His Mind 

Oscar Nominee Martin Strange-Hansen Has A Lot On His Mind 
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Strange-Hansen is an artist whose talent and vision continue to leave a mark everywhere in the filmmaking world, because Martin always has a story on his mind. … read more

Film Review: The Adam Project

Film Review: The Adam Project
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The Adam Project is a can’t-miss event of family fun that isn’t going to be on any top ten lists, but it gave Patrick Gibbs exactly what he wanted. … read more

Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja Talks Life After Yang and Working With Colin Farrell

Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja Talks Life After Yang and Working With...
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Patrick Gibbs interviews 10-year-old actor and performer Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja on her experience working with Colin Farrel in After Yang. … read more

Film Review: Gold

Film Review: Gold
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Gold feels like an impressive demo reel for both Efron and Hayes than it does like a substantive film that will leave any kind of lasting impression. … read more

Film Review: Turning Red

Film Review: Turning Red
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Turning Red, Pixar’s latest, is an escape from the worrisome state of the world right now, a perfect ray of sunshine that couldn’t have come at a better time. … read more

Film Review: Huda’s Salon

Film Review: Huda’s Salon
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Huda’s Salon doesn’t provide any easy answers, nor does it try to do so, but it does offer a provocative look at the realities of living in occupied territory … read more

Film Review: The Batman

Film Review: The Batman
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Patrick Gibbs admired The Batman more than he enjoyed it, predicting a polarizing reaction that puts critics, fanboys and the public all in different camps. … read more

Film Review: Studio 666

Film Review: Studio 666
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With a built-in, devoted fan base through its Foo Fighters connection, Studio 666 is almost certain to become an instant cult favorite. … read more

Film Review: Cyrano

Film Review: Cyrano
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As Patrick Gibbs watched Joe Wright’s new musical film adaption, Cyrano, the only feelings he experienced were irritation and confusion. … read more

Dante Basco On Directing his Fabulous Filipino Brothers

Dante Basco On Directing his Fabulous Filipino Brothers
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For actor Dante Basco, who played Rufio in Spielberg’s Hook, growing up has meant moving from in front of the camera to sitting in the director’s chair. … read more

Review: Space Force: Season 2

Review: Space Force: Season 2
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It’s with mixed feelings that Patrick Gibbs says that he’ll be surprised if the entire Space Force mission isn’t soon scrapped. … read more

Film Review: Uncharted

Film Review: Uncharted
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The wait for the film adaptation of popular video games series Uncharted has certainly paid off, as the finished product is genuinely damn near adequate. … read more

Josephine Decker and Grace Kaufman Talk The Sky Is Everywhere

Josephine Decker and Grace Kaufman Talk The Sky Is Everywhere
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If you’re looking for a Valentine’s film, consider The Sky is Everywhere, the new film adapted from the young adult novel by Jandy Nelson. … read more

Film Review: Death on the Nile

Film Review: Death on the Nile
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Mystery fans and anyone who loves river-filling quantities of champagne should find Death on the Nile to be a trip worth taking. … read more

The Jim Henson Company Goes Back To Fraggle Rock 

The Jim Henson Company Goes Back To Fraggle Rock 
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It’s time to dance your cares away and let the music play, because the ’80s classic Fraggle Rock has returned in an exciting reboot. … read more

Film Review: Blacklight

Film Review: Blacklight
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Blacklight has the kind of “let’s get this done quickly so we can move onto the next one” feel of Clint Eastwood’s most disposable ’90s films. … read more

Rob Paulsen Talks Animaniacs, Ninja Turtles and Winning His Battle with Cancer

Rob Paulsen Talks Animaniacs, Ninja Turtles and Winning His Battle...
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While you may have never even heard his name, chances are you’ve heard Rob Paulson’s voice many times in many different forms. … read more

Film Review: Moonfall

Film Review: Moonfall
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While Moonfall only gets stupider as it goes, the further it falls into idiocy the harder it is not to have a bit of fun. … read more

The Event is A Short Film You’ll Want To Make Time To Watch

The Event is A Short Film You’ll Want To Make...
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Patrick Gibbs speaks with Frank Mosley and Hugo De Sousa, the Co-directors of the 2022 Slamdance short film The Event. … read more

Ben Schwartz and More on Why The Afterparty Is The Place To Be

Ben Schwartz and More on Why The Afterparty Is The...
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“How can I survive going to my high school reunion?” The Afterparty answers that question with an all-star cast. … read more

Iron Family Is The Moviegoing Experience of Two Lifetimes

Iron Family Is The Moviegoing Experience of Two Lifetimes
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Iron Family is a Slamdance documentary that inspires us to reflect on our own triumphs and challenges through the story of the Faries family. … read more

Every Day in Kaimukī Rides A Wave of Authenticity

Every Day in Kaimukī Rides A Wave of Authenticity
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SLUG Contributing Writer Patrick Gibbs talks to Every Day in Kaimukī director Alika Tengan about the inspiration for his film and more. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Call Jane

Sundance Film Review: Call Jane
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Call Jane is a hell of a good movie, the first potential hit of the festival this year and one that’s sure to start a lot of discussion. … read more

Sundance Film Review: You Won’t Be Alone

Sundance Film Review: You Won’t Be Alone
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Goran Stolevski’s debut feature, You Won’t Be Alone, is an adequate if unexceptional film with scattered moments that come alive. … read more

I Didn’t See You There Presents A Different Point of View on What Disability Means

I Didn’t See You There Presents A Different Point of...
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I Didn’t See You There is a captivating look at Reid Davenport’s life, going about his day and looking at the world from his point of view. … read more

Film Review: The King’s Daughter

Film Review: The King’s Daughter
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The King’s Daughter is enjoyable when it’s frivolous entertainment but insufferable when it gets lost in heavy-handed political diatribe. … read more

Girl Picture Is A Clear, Crisp Snapshot of Real Teenage Life

Girl Picture Is A Clear, Crisp Snapshot of Real Teenage...
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Girl Picture is a fresh and unique piece of cinematic storytelling that won’t soon be forgotten by those who made it or anyone who sees it. … read more

Denzel Washington and Corey Hawkins on The Tragedy of Macbeth and Joel Coen’s Genius

Denzel Washington and Corey Hawkins on The Tragedy of Macbeth...
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For Corey Hawkins and Denzel Washington, working with Joel Coen in his screen version of Macbeth was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. … read more

Sundance Film Review: When You Finish Saving the World

Sundance Film Review: When You Finish Saving the World
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Jesse Eisenberg’s When You Finish Saving The World is a worthy effort that could have been something special, but it’s just kind of there. … read more

Film Review: Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Film Review: Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
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The wholly unnecessary fourth installment, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, may actually be the most entertaining. … read more

Long Line of Ladies Is More Than Just Another Period Piece

Long Line of Ladies Is More Than Just Another Period...
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Rayka Zehtabchi and Shaandiin Tome knew that the story of the Ihuk flower dance was one they were looking to tell with Long Line of Ladies. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Good Luck To You, Leo Grande

Sundance Film Review: Good Luck To You, Leo Grande
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Good Luck To You, Leo Grande may be a bit uninhibited for some, but it’s a thought-provoking look at human sexuality and relationships. … read more

Sundance Film Review: God’s Country

Sundance Film Review: God’s Country
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God’s Country is a great piece of storytelling and a rewarding cinematic experience; it ranks among the best features at Sundance 2022. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Emily the Criminal

Sundance Film Review: Emily the Criminal
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Emily The Criminal is a breakthrough for its writer-director, John Patton Ford, but an even bigger one for its star, Aubrey Plaza. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Dual

Sundance Film Review: Dual
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Riley Sterns’ Dual stops short of being a classic, but it’s a winning comedy that thrives thanks to its leading lady, Emma Thompson. … read more

Brian and Charles Brings a Whimsical Tale of Friendship and Artificial Intelligence to Sundance

Brian and Charles Brings a Whimsical Tale of Friendship and...
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David Earl, Jim Archer and Chris Hayward discuss the path toward the creation of their zany AI comedy, Brian and Charles. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Babysitter

Sundance Film Review: Babysitter
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Babysitter is creative, charming and provocative, even if not everything that director Monia Cokri throws at the wall is quite able to stick. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Am I Ok?

Sundance Film Review: Am I Ok?
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Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne’s Am I Ok? is a great movie; it’s heartwarming and at times heartbreaking but always heartfelt. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Alice

Sundance Film Review: Alice
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There’s no question that Alice is a rousing and thrilling moviegoing experience, but there’s a lot of question as to whether it should be. … read more

Sundance Film Review: After Yang

Sundance Film Review: After Yang
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After Yang is an involving and ambitious film that’s well worth seeing, and it raises a lot of very interesting philosophical questions. … read more

Sundance Film Review: A Love Song

Sundance Film Review: A Love Song
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A Love Song is exactly the kind of diamond-in-the-rough that makes the Sundance Film Festival something that I look forward to each year. … read more

Film Review: A Hero

Film Review: A Hero
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A Hero, the new film from acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, takes direct aim at the issue of right vs. wrong. … read more

Film Review: The 355

Film Review: The 355
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The best thing about The 355 is that it’s fast moving, and the cast is an impressive bunch, but the 355 should have been a lot better. … read more

Film Review: The Legend of La Llorona

Film Review: The Legend of La Llorona
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The only thing that is actually scary about The Legend of La Llorona is that, somehow, it got made and you can watch it. … read more

The Top 11 Films of 2021

The Top 11 Films of 2021
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As we prepare for a new year and new movies, Patrick Gibbs presents his picks for the Top 11 films of 2021. … read more

Film Review: Licorice Pizza

Film Review: Licorice Pizza
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Licorice Pizza is delightful, if a bit aimless, and it’s expertly done, but the central relationship leaves viewers with too many concerns. … read more

Review: Cobra Kai: Season 4

Review: Cobra Kai: Season 4
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Cobra Kai is the Wendy’s of television: it’s junk fast food, but it’s really good junk fast food that goes down easily and is a nice treat. … read more

Film Review: The King’s Man

Film Review: The King’s Man
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The King’s Man is not one of the great prequels of all time, but it’s a big step up from the bad taste that Golden Circle left. … read more

Film Review: The Matrix Resurrections

Film Review: The Matrix Resurrections
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If you’re going into The Matrix Resurrections expecting an experience that matches the original, prepare to be brutally crushed like an ant. … read more

Franka Potente Directs Aisling Franciosi and Kathy Bates in a Story That Hits Home

Franka Potente Directs Aisling Franciosi and Kathy Bates in a...
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Franka Potente may be behind the camera this time around, but in front of it, Aisling Franciosi and Academy Award-winner Kathy Bates help shape Home. … read more

Film Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home

Film Review: Spider-Man: No Way Home
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Spider-Man: No Way Home ranks as one of the most entertaining MCU entries and is perhaps even one of the most satisfying superhero movies ever made. … read more

Film Review: Nightmare Alley

Film Review: Nightmare Alley
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Guilliermo del Toro knows how to make a beguiling visual feast, and Nightmare Alley is a dark, titillating journey into an unsettling world. … read more

Film Review: Being the Ricardos

Film Review: Being the Ricardos
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Being the Ricardos never quite steps out of its predecessor’s looming shadow, but it’s an enjoyable film that does right by its subjects. … read more

Film Editor Úna Ní Dhonghaíle on Her Experiences with Branagh and Belfast

Film Editor Úna Ní Dhonghaíle on Her Experiences with Branagh...
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Úna Ní Dhonghaíle has had a remarkable career, but in cutting Belfast, she got a chance to help one of her idols shape his life into art. … read more

Film Review: Don’t Look Up

Film Review: Don’t Look Up
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Don’t Look Up is the kind of satire that will leave smart viewers thinking about it when they least expect it for years and decades to come. … read more

Film Review: West Side Story

Film Review: West Side Story
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Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story is essentially the same as the original film, but with a more nuanced and timely vision. … read more

Film Review: C’mon C’mon

Film Review: C’mon C’mon
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Everything about Mike Mills’ C’mon C’mon, from the gorgeous black-and-white cinematography to the editing, is pure perfection. … read more

Composer Carter Burwell’s Bright Manhattan Mornings and Dark Scottish Nights

Composer Carter Burwell’s Bright Manhattan Mornings and Dark Scottish Nights
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The prolific composer Carter Burwell’s filmography spans 37 years, but this icon of film music never planned on composing for movies. … read more

Film Review: Bruised

Film Review: Bruised
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Even if it lacks inspiration, Halle Berry approaches her directorial debut, Bruised, with workman-like precision and confidence. … read more

The Many Loves of Eleanor Coppola

The Many Loves of Eleanor Coppola
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Eleanor Coppola explores love, the connections that we make and the bonds we share in her new anthology film, Love is Love is Love. … read more

Film Review: Julia

Film Review: Julia
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Julia may not be the most life-changing or insightful documentary of the year, but it’s elegant, sweet and baked to perfection. … read more

Film Review: House of Gucci

Film Review: House of Gucci
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House of Gucci follows Patrizia Reggiani’, an outsider from humble beginnings, in her marriage to Maurizio Gucci. … read more

From SLC To MCU: VFX Editor Hannah Long’s Super Career

From SLC To MCU: VFX Editor Hannah Long’s Super Career
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By Patrick Gibbs pinkwombatcinema@gmail.com Every year at the Sundance Film Festival, Utah becomes a destination spot for filmmakers. For Hannah Long, a Lead Visual Effects Editor for Marvel Studios, Salt Lake is where it all began. “My family moved to Salt Lake when I was one year old,” Long says. “My dad‘s a … a

Film Review: King Richard

Film Review: King Richard
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King Richard is inspiring and well worth seeing. It’s a return to form for Smith and a good film if taken on its own merits. … read more

Film Review: Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Film Review: Ghostbusters: Afterlife
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife is funny, exciting, suspenseful, heartfelt and is made with an equal combination of passion and skill. … read more

Film Review: The Power of the Dog

Film Review: The Power of the Dog
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The Power of the Dog takes some time to digest, but it’s an unforgettable and challenging story that challenges the western genre. … read more

Film Review: Encanto

Film Review: Encanto
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Encanto is a mesmerizing and insightful work of art that has a lot to say while retaining universal themes and characters. … read more

Film Review: Belfast

Film Review: Belfast
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Belfast is among the very best films of 2021 and beyond, a triumphant and transportive cinematic experience. … read more

Film Review: Red Notice

Film Review: Red Notice
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Red Notice is a breezy, energetic romp that is easily one of the most briskly entertaining films of the fall season. … read more

Film Review: Spencer

Film Review: Spencer
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Spencer may take a bit of time to digest and lack subtlety, but it ranks among the most interesting screen portrayals of historical figures. … read more

Film Review: Finch

Film Review: Finch
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Finch is a buddy road movie that isn’t always a smooth ride, however it certainly is one of the most involving major releases of the year. … read more

Film Review: Language Lessons

Film Review: Language Lessons
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Language Lessons is an antidote to blockbuster burnout by breaking cinematic ground without throwing its creative innovations in your face. … read more

Film Review: Eternals

Film Review: Eternals
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Eternals is likely to be the most polarizing MCU entry in some time, because it doesn’t fit easily inside a mold. … read more

Film Review: The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun 

Film Review: The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening...
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The French Dispatch offers plenty of wonderful elements and a unique artistic voice that is likely to please most fans. … read more

Film Review: Last Night in Soho

Film Review: Last Night in Soho
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Last Night in Soho works well enough to forgive its flaws, but it’s more a mildly psychedelic niche movie than a great film. … read more

Film Review: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Film Review: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain is an imperfect but worthy effort that mirrors its own subject in that it can’t seem to come together. … read more

Film Review: The Harder They Fall

Film Review: The Harder They Fall
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The Harder They Fall is a big, bold, badass blast of fun and it’s one of the most satisfying gourmet popcorn flicks of the year. … read more

Film Review: Halloween Kills

Film Review: Halloween Kills
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Halloween Kills is a crass, stupid and morally repugnant mess of a movie that should have been called Halloween Kills Time. … read more

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Friends Talk Creating Wolfboy and The Everything Factory

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Friends Talk Creating Wolfboy and The Everything...
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Wolfboy and the Everything Factory is a charming adventure that is sure to spark the imaginations of children and adults alike. … read more

Film Review: Dune

Film Review: Dune
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Is Denis Villenueve’s epic adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel, Dune the predestined box office savior that has been prophesied? … read more

Film Review: Ron’s Gone Wrong

Film Review: Ron’s Gone Wrong
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Ron’s Gone Wrong is pure joy, and it’s the kind of film that encapsulates everything there is to love about the moviegoing experience. … read more

Noah Wyle Talks Pulling Off Cons With The Pros on Leverage: Redemption

Noah Wyle Talks Pulling Off Cons With The Pros on...
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It’s been almost 9 years since the hit series Leverage ended its successful run, but as Yogi Berra said, “it ain’t over till it’s over.” … read more

Film Review: The Last Duel

Film Review: The Last Duel
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The Last Duel explores justice, abuse, cowardice, bravery and responsibility and examines what honor means in real life and on screen. … read more

Film Review: I’m Your Man

Film Review: I’m Your Man
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I’m Your Man is a romantic dramedy with substance, charm and a sad sense of the frustrations of love, relationships and life goals. … read more

Film Review: Lamb

Film Review: Lamb
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Lamb is a unique and deeply atmospheric film that stands out as unlike anything that’s hit theaters all year. … read more

Cinematographer Sam Levy Talks Mayday, a Feminist Fantasy That is Calling Out To Audiences

Cinematographer Sam Levy Talks Mayday, a Feminist Fantasy That is...
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Mayday is a unique film and, hopefully, the first of many feature-length collaborations between Sam Levy and Karen Cinorre. … read more

Film Review: Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Film Review: Venom: Let There Be Carnage
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Venom: Let There Be Carnage ranks far below Daredevil and Ghost Rider for Marvel-inspired movies and ranks among the worst films of the year. … read more

Film Review: The Addams Family 2

Film Review: The Addams Family 2
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The Addams Family 2 snaps along with a certain degree of rhythm and has just enough of a sense of morbid fun to be surprisingly watchable. … read more

Film Review: No Time To Die

Film Review: No Time To Die
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Not Time To Die is worth the wait, and it’s an exit that is worthy of the most interesting version of Bond that we’ve seen to date. … read more

Film Review: The Many Saints of Newark

Film Review: The Many Saints of Newark
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The Many Saints of Newark has some terrific lead performances, including some of Ray Liotta’s best work in decades. … read more

Film Review: The Guilty

Film Review: The Guilty
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The Guilty is a satisfying thriller that dares to tackle some timely themes. Kudos to Gyllenhaal for a performance which anchors the film. … read more

Film Review: Dear Evan Hansen

Film Review: Dear Evan Hansen
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Dear Evan Hansen gets a few points for trying to address weighty issues, but it’s one high school movie that simply doesn’t make the grade. … read more

Leah Harvey Lays the Foundation For a New Take on a Classic Science Fiction Character

Leah Harvey Lays the Foundation For a New Take on...
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It doesn’t take a psychohistorian to foresee a bright future ahead for Leah Harvey, who stars as Salvor Hardin in sci-fi series Foundation. … read more

Film Review: The Starling

Film Review: The Starling
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The Starling isn’t entirely without merit. But it’s as artificial and weak as big-budget Hollywood dramedies get. … read more

Film Review: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Film Review: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
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There’s no question in my mind that Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will be embraced by many as a modern classic. … read more

Film Review: Cry Macho

Film Review: Cry Macho
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Cry Macho isn’t the best swan song Clint Eastwood could ever hope for, but it would be far from the worst. … read more

Film Review: The Alpinist

Film Review: The Alpinist
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The Alpinist does its best to follow Leclerc as he travels from peak to peak with no cameras, no rope and no margin for error. … read more

Film Review: The Lost Leonardo

Film Review: The Lost Leonardo
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Unravelling the hidden agendas of the world’s richest men, this film reveals how truth became secondary to vested interests. … read more

Film Review: The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Film Review: The Eyes of Tammy Faye
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For a film about people who profess to be instruments of God, there is surprisingly little revelation on display in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. … read more

Film Review: The Card Counter

Film Review: The Card Counter
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The Card Counter is moody and depressing at times, but it has a lot to say and kept me so glued to the screen that I barely blinked. … read more

Filmmaker Nick Fituri Scown Takes on Laughter and Tears with Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11 

Filmmaker Nick Fituri Scown Takes on Laughter and Tears with...
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Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11 is a unique look at the first defining moment of the century and it’s a poignant portrait of the human spirit. … read more

Film Review: Small Engine Repair

Film Review: Small Engine Repair
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Small Engine Repair is a remarkable film—a darkly comedic, nail-bitingly tense and, at times, emotional work that defies easy categorization. … read more

Film Review: Worth

Film Review: Worth
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When Worth kicks into gear, it’s a moving and interesting story that captures both a collective and individual experience. … read more

Film Revew: Cinderella

Film Revew: Cinderella
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Cinderella feels more like Sunday-night television than a movie, but it’s just enjoyable enough, and well-intentioned enough, to get a pass. … read more

Series Review: Only Murders in the Building

Series Review: Only Murders in the Building
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Only Murders in the Building has an old-fashioned murder-mystery-in-a-modern-setting feel that’s a lot of fun. … read more

Film Review: Candyman

Film Review: Candyman
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Candyman is dark, bloody and disturbing, and it reminded me how good horror can be when it’s got the right hook. … read more

Film Review: Not Going Quietly

Film Review: Not Going Quietly
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Not Going Quietly isn’t always easy to watch, but it’s a lot more hopeful than you might expect, and never manipulative. … read more

Film Review: Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings

Film Review: Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is filled with kung fu and narrow escapes and is exhilarating and insanely fun. … read more

Film Review: Together

Film Review: Together
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Together is an imperfect film that isn’t going to work for all audiences, but it’s sincere effort that is both upsetting and cathartic. … read more

Film Review: The Protégé 

Film Review: The Protégé 
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If you really miss ’90s action flicks, The Protégé is going to be well worth a $6.99 rental when it hits digital. … read more

Film Review: The Night House

Film Review: The Night House
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The Night House is likely too smart for mainstream horror fans and too dumb for the more discerning and thoughtful ones. … read more

CODA’s Cinematic Journey of Authenticity, Communication and Love

CODA’s Cinematic Journey of Authenticity, Communication and Love
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Siân Heder’s acclaimed feature CODA has been an emotional journey not just for the filmmaker and cast but for audiences, as well. … read more

Film Review: Beckett

Film Review: Beckett
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In all honesty, Beckett is short and fairly watchable, but it’s just such a puzzlingly unexceptional experience. … read more

Film Review: Annette

Film Review: Annette
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Annette is that rare film that may well end up on a fair number of 10-best lists and an equal number of 10-worst. … read more

Film Review: Free Guy

Film Review: Free Guy
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All in all, while Free Guy is definitely light blockbuster fare, it’s one of the most enjoyable blockbusters of the summer. … read more

Film Review: Nine Days

Film Review: Nine Days
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Existential yet grounded in harsh reality at the same time, emotionally charged and deeply moving, Nine Days is everything that art should be. … read more

Film Review: The Suicide Squad

Film Review: The Suicide Squad
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The Suicide Squad is filled with impressive visuals and has a strong sense of style. When the comedy is working, it’s not half bad. … read more

Film Review: Vivo

Film Review: Vivo
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Vivo comes in a year when we’ve already had a number of truly great animated films. It’s a delightful experience that’s easily rewatchable. … read more

Film Review: The Green Knight

Film Review: The Green Knight
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The Green Knight is a triumphant film, and easily one of the most artistically and intellectually satisfying of the summer. … read more

Cinematographers Look At The Big Picture: Moviemaking and Moviegoing in the COVID Age 

Cinematographers Look At The Big Picture: Moviemaking and Moviegoing in...
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If there’s anyone out there who can shine a light on the workings of a film set in this era, it’s a film’s director of photography. … read more

Film Review: Jungle Cruise

Film Review: Jungle Cruise
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Jungle Cruise is a bit of a bumpy ride, but the lighthearted sense of adventure overcomes all obstacles and makes an enjoyable summer movie. … read more

Film Review: Stillwater

Film Review: Stillwater
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Stillwater does drag in places, but it’s an interesting story that didn’t go where I expected it to go, focusing on characters over intrigue. … read more

Film Review: Old

Film Review: Old
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Old is a nauseating spectacle that left me feeling angry, assaulted and distraught. M. Night Shyamalan continues his streak of mediocrity. … read more

Film Review: Val

Film Review: Val
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The Val Kilmer biopic Val is an emotional journey that’s rewarding and a bittersweet portrait of what it means to live and love as an artist. … read more

Film Review: Joe Bell

Film Review: Joe Bell
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Joe Bell is a well-intentioned, fact-based film that has its strengths but just doesn’t live up to the sum of its parts. … read more

Film Review: Space Jam: A New Legacy

Film Review: Space Jam: A New Legacy
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Space Jam: A New Legacy is a loud, frenetic mess, but as a family night out, it’s almost adequate on a certain level. … read more

Carlos López Estrada Showcases Poetry in Motion Pictures with Summertime

Carlos López Estrada Showcases Poetry in Motion Pictures with Summertime
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Summertime, a new show from Carlos López Estrada, follows the stories of 27 young spoken-word poets over a single, sweltering summer’s day. … read more

Film Review: Gunpowder Milkshake

Film Review: Gunpowder Milkshake
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Gunpowder Milkshake is well served as Netflix fare, feeling a bit too slight for theaters but well worth viewing at home. … read more

Film Review: Pig

Film Review: Pig
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There’s a certain entertainment value in the schlock that Cage specializes in these days, and Pig promised to be one of craziest. … read more

Schmigadoon! Brings Mystical Musical Magic to AppleTV+

Schmigadoon! Brings Mystical Musical Magic to AppleTV+
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Schmigadoon! is is an energetic mix of old-fashioned musical fun with modern sensibilities, making it an entertaining highlight of the summer. … read more

Damn These Heels! 2021: Utah’s Top LGTBTQ+ Film Festival Is Still Running in Heels After 18 Years

Damn These Heels! 2021: Utah’s Top LGTBTQ+ Film Festival Is...
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Resilience is nothing new for the Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival, which has been running strong and fighting the odds for 18 years. … read more

Writer-Director Sasha Collington has Love Type D and a Passion for Storytelling

Writer-Director Sasha Collington has Love Type D and a Passion...
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Love Type D is a refreshingly unique film that provokes laughter throughout, though there’s more to it than just comedy. … read more

Film Review: The Tomorrow War

Film Review: The Tomorrow War
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The Tomorrow War should be fairly popular with those who miss ’80s James Cameron, or at least ’90s Roland Emmerich. … read more

Hulu Documentary Nasrin Tells a Powerful Story of Heroism, Hope and Humanity

Hulu Documentary Nasrin Tells a Powerful Story of Heroism, Hope...
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Nasrin tells the gripping story of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a courageous human rights lawyer and key figure in Iran’s women’s rights movement. … read more

Film Review: The Boss Baby: Family Business

Film Review: The Boss Baby: Family Business
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While sticking to the original’s formula, The Boss Baby: Family Business is still an enjoyable family movie that comes dressed for success. … read more

Film Review: America: The Motion Picture

Film Review: America: The Motion Picture
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America: The Motion Picture builds a bridge between idiocy and brilliance, even if it’s constantly running back and forth. … read more

Film Review: The Ice Road

Film Review: The Ice Road
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As it stands, Jonathan Hensleigh’s The Ice Road is moderately enjoyable but never rises much above that kind of faint-praise territory. … read more

Film Review: Black Widow

Film Review: Black Widow
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You were either going to see Black Widow or you weren’t but I would rank it among Marvel’s most interesting films. … read more

Film Review: F9: The Fast Saga

Film Review: F9: The Fast Saga
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F9: The Fast Saga is a hard movie to sum up for a review because it’s so big, loud and dumb that it makes Face/Off look like a documentary. … read more

Film Review: Good On Paper

Film Review: Good On Paper
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Good on Paper proves to be aptly titled because regardless of how it looked on the page, it doesn’t translate to the screen. … read more

Film Review: Gaîa

Film Review: Gaîa
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If you’re looking for an excuse to jump and scream a lot and spill popcorn, move along—Gaîa is not the horror movie you’re looking for. … read more

Film Review: Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

Film Review: Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to...
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Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It chronicles a 70-plus-year career filled with spectacular highs and near-tragic lows. … read more

Film Review: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

Film Review: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
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The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is an obnoxious mess aimed at 12–14-year-old-boys watching it on a sleepover without their parents’ knowledge. … read more

Film Review: Fatherhood

Film Review: Fatherhood
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In Fatherhood, Kevin Hart plays Matt and is faced with raising his daughter alone when his wife dies the day after giving birth. … read more

Film Review: Luca

Film Review: Luca
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While it may be playing at home, Luca’s a movie that will make you feel like you’ve gone somewhere special and had a grand experience. … read more

Film Review: 12 Mighty Orphans

Film Review: 12 Mighty Orphans
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12 Mighty Orphans, which is based on a true story, seems almost foolproof. But it fumbles an awful lot on its way to the goalpost.  … read more

Film Review: Infinite

Film Review: Infinite
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Infinite is clearly hoping to be a mind-bending action spectacular, but will be remembered as one of 2021’s worst movies. … read more

Film Review: Skater Girl

Film Review: Skater Girl
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Skater Girl takes that desire to showcase people from different backgrounds reaching for the stars to a whole new level. … read more

Film Review: Wish Dragon

Film Review: Wish Dragon
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Wish Dragon is energetic, colorful fun, and you enjoy over-the-top kung fu–stunt action—even in cartoon form—then you may enjoy it. … read more

Series Review: Loki

Series Review: Loki
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If WandaVision was a sci-fi sitcom and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was a buddy action story, Loki is a hardboiled detective story. … read more

Film Review: Plan B

Film Review: Plan B
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Plan B is, in many ways, at its best when it lets its comedic guard down and allows the more tender character moments play out. … read more

Film Review: In the Heights

Film Review: In the Heights
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In the Heights combines the best elements of stage and screen in a way that no Broadway adaptation has successfully done since Chicago. … read more

Film Review: New Order

Film Review: New Order
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New Order is a failure based around pertinent issues, but there is literally nothing to take away from it except what you came in with. … read more

Film Review: Spirit Untamed

Film Review: Spirit Untamed
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There’s nothing wrong with a movie that’s aimed at the 5–9-year-old age range, especially when it’s as lovable as Spirits Untamed. … read more

Series Review: Sweet Tooth

Series Review: Sweet Tooth
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Working in a Hunger Games milieu, Sweet Tooth is likely to appeal to teen audiences and fans of young adult science fiction. … read more

Film Review: The Dry

Film Review: The Dry
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The Dry is a highly compelling and introspective film that thrives on an excellent screenplay, which was adapted from a novel by Jane Harper. … read more

Film Review: Cruella

Film Review: Cruella
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Cruella just doesn’t work despite its best efforts. It ends up taking itself almost as deadly and pretentiously serious as Joker did. … read more

Film Review: Blue Miracle

Film Review: Blue Miracle
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Blue Miracle is done well enough to succeed as an innocuous family film that has a lot of heart and does its best to avoid being too sappy. … read more

Film Review: A Quiet Place Part II

Film Review: A Quiet Place Part II
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While A Quiet Place Part II may make you even more scared to be outside, it’s the best reason I’ve had to leave the house in a long time. … read more

David Cross, Bigfoot and The Journey of “The Dark Divide”

David Cross, Bigfoot and The Journey of “The Dark Divide”
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Anyone who paid attention in their high school English class likely has some familiarity with “The Hero’s Journey.” It’s the template for most storytelling, wherein a hero goes on an adventure, is victorious (or sometimes fails) and comes home changed by it. But for Robert Michael Pyle, a real-life hero’s journey took place in 1995

Film Review: Dream Horse

Film Review: Dream Horse
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Dream Horse Director: Euros Lyn Cornerstone Films and Film4 In Theaters 05.21 The spring/early summer blockbuster season is more or less partially underway to some extent, pandemic style. With zombies and serial killers dominating, a small, feel-good sports drama is welcome counterprogramming. There are some sports—well, OK, basically all of them—that hold no interest for

Film Review: Army of the Dead

Film Review: Army of the Dead
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Army of the Dead has a lot going for it, and Zack Snyder has created an epic-scale film filled with eye-popping visuals and plenty of action. … read more

Film Review: The Woman in the Window

Film Review: The Woman in the Window
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The Woman in the Window Director: Joe Wright Fox 2000 Pictures Streaming on Netflix 05.14 The new major release from Netflix, The Woman in the Window, is based on the novel by A. J. Finn and is one that has piqued my curiosity for reasons different than most. This past year of social distancing and

Film Review: Profile

Film Review: Profile
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If all you want is something fast-moving that provides a few cheap and stupid thrills, Profile might be the movie for you. … read more

Film Review: Wrath of Man

Film Review: Wrath of Man
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The biggest failure of Wrath of Man, Guy Richie’s latest film, is that it doesn’t deliver as an action flick and misses out on having any fun. … read more

Film Review: The Paper Tigers

Film Review: The Paper Tigers
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The Paper Tigers is a disposable movie that is more likely to be a video rental than a theatrical experience, but it’s fun and engaging. … read more

Film Review: Here Today

Film Review: Here Today
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There’s enough in Billy Crystal’s Here Today to enjoy if you’re the kind of person who likes pop melodrama and a good cry. … read more

Series Review: Star Wars The Bad Batch

Series Review: Star Wars The Bad Batch
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The latest episodic Star Wars spinoff, The Bad Batch, is here and may well prove to be the best of the bunch. … read more

Film Review: Limbo

Film Review: Limbo
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Limbo is a wonderful little film and makes for one of 2021’s first must see films for the serious and thoughtful cinephile. … read more

Film Review: Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse 

Film Review: Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse 
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Warts and all, Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse is a solid action flick that has strong potential as a franchise for Michael B. Jordan. … read more

Film Review: Four Good Days

Film Review: Four Good Days
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Four Good Days is a great premise that pairs two gifted actresses in showy roles in order to make a serviceable but incredibly average movie. … read more

Film Review: Mortal Kombat

Film Review: Mortal Kombat
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Mortal Kombat isn’t a movie I’d recommend to anyone apart from those who are already going, but it’ll probably bring a smile to their faces. … read more

Film Review: Stowaway

Film Review: Stowaway
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Stowaway is, to use a cooking metaphor, a strange mix of cold leftovers and a main course that is nowhere near ready to be served. … read more

Film Review: The Mitchells vs. The Machines 

Film Review: The Mitchells vs. The Machines 
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The Mitchells vs. The Machines is yet another case of Lord Miller Productions defying all of the odds against them. … read more

Film Review: Monday

Film Review: Monday
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While offering plenty of atmosphere, Argyris Papadimitropoulos fails to provide much else apart from a dragging runtime in Monday. … read more

Film Review: Thunder Force

Film Review: Thunder Force
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Thunder Force will be just successful enough among the least discriminating comedy fans looking for a distraction. … read more

Film Review: In The Earth

Film Review: In The Earth
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It’s difficult to know where to begin in a review of a film like In The Earth because the words “I want an apology” would cover everything. … read more

Director Jesse Noah Klein and his Actors Work Together “Like A House on Fire”

Director Jesse Noah Klein and his Actors Work Together “Like...
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Writer-director Jesse Noah Klein tackles postpartum depression in a truly unique way in his new film, Like a House on Fire. … read more

Series Review: Mare of Easttown

Series Review: Mare of Easttown
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Mare of Easttown is a soul-searching story of guilt, love, loss, secrets and facing our worst fears in our darkest moments. … read more

Film Review: Voyagers

Film Review: Voyagers
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Voyagers is strictly filler, giving re-opening theaters something borderline exciting to show until real movies start coming back. … read more

Series Review: The Nevers

Series Review: The Nevers
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As a fan of early Whedon since long before it became fashionable, I really wanted to try and judge The Nevers completely on its own merits. … read more

Film Review: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Live Action

Film Review: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Live Action
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The 2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts is a program of thoughtful, artistically challenging films that prove the form’s legitimacy. … read more

Black to the Future: Celia C. Peters Talks Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized

Black to the Future: Celia C. Peters Talks Afrofuturism: Blackness...
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Celia C. Peters believes that Afrofuturism can take many different forms, and that what storytellers choose to do with it is wide open.  … read more

Film Review: Concrete Cowboy

Film Review: Concrete Cowboy
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Concrete Cowboy is a relatively predictable feel-good film, but it’s one that comes from the heart and from the soul. … read more

Film Review: Godzilla vs. Kong

Film Review: Godzilla vs. Kong
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Godzilla vs. Kong is everything I need it to be, and those who find it lacking are probably watching the wrong movie for them. … read more

Film Review: Boys vs. Girls

Film Review: Boys vs. Girls
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Boys vs. Girls eventually settles into a groove where it becomes slightly less painful to watch because you’re getting closer to its end. … read more

Film Review: Doors

Film Review: Doors
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Doors is a science fiction horror film bereft of new or intriguing concepts and it’s hard to imagine it appealing to anyone. … read more

Film Review: Nobody

Film Review: Nobody
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I can’t remember the last time I’ve hoped a movie I liked as much as I enjoyed Nobody would not get a sequel. … read more

Film Review: The Courier

Film Review: The Courier
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The Courier isn’t going to be an Oscar contender or a blockbuster, but it’s a solidly entertaining thriller. … read more

Series Review: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Series Review: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier promises to be a wild ride that restores Fridays to the state of nirvana. … read more

The Spine of Night Is an Animated Counterculture Nostalgia Trip At SXSW

The Spine of Night Is an Animated Counterculture Nostalgia Trip...
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The Spine of Night is the an animated film made shooting live action then tracing onto animation cels—recalling classics such as Heavy Metal. … read more

SXSW Film Review: Alien on Stage: The Documentary

SXSW Film Review: Alien on Stage: The Documentary
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Alien on Stage: The Documentary combines into one gloriously goofy and strangely inspiring film, and it truly must be seen to be believed. … read more

Our Father Brings a Sensitive and Quirky Story of Sisterhood to SXSW

Our Father Brings a Sensitive and Quirky Story of Sisterhood...
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Our Father is a sardonically morose yet whimsically charming new film that rests on the shoulders of four women: sisters Beta and Zelda. … read more

SXSW Film Review: The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson

SXSW Film Review: The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly...
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Leah Purcell has directed a revisionist western masterpiece in The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson. … read more

SXSW Film Review: Here Before

SXSW Film Review: Here Before
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Director Stacy Gregg has created a subdued and cerebral thriller in Here Before, akin to early black-and-white Hitchcock films such as Rebecca. … read more

SXSW Film Review: Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunch Break

SXSW Film Review: Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunch Break
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You know those weird novelty-Oreos flavors they make? Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunch Break is the film equivalent of Barbecue Bacon Ranch Oreos. … read more

Film Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League 

Film Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League 
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Zack Snyder’s Justice League is really the same movie; there’s just a lot more of it. It’s bloated and wildly self-indulgent. … read more

SXSW Film Review: Executive Order

SXSW Film Review: Executive Order
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Executive Order is a bold directorial debut from acclaimed Brazilian actor-director Lázaro Ramos, has a lot to say, and needs to be heard. … read more

SXSW Film Review: Potato Dreams of America

SXSW Film Review: Potato Dreams of America
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Potato Dreams of America touts a theme that no matter how hard you may try to bury it, the only path to happiness is to be true to yourself. … read more

Film Review: Coming 2 America

Film Review: Coming 2 America
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Coming 2 America rises easy enough to get through most of the time, which is about as strong a recommendation we can muster. … read more

Film Review: Cherry

Film Review: Cherry
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There’s a difference between not entirely succeeding and outright failure, and the Russo Brothers’ Cherry is far from the latter. … read more

God, the Devil and Mad Forgery Skills: Jared Hess and Tyler Measom Discuss “Murder Among The Mormons”

God, the Devil and Mad Forgery Skills: Jared Hess and...
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No one is immune to deception is the perspective from which the filmmakers chose to tell the story of Murder Among the Mormons. … read more

Film Review: Chaos Walking

Film Review: Chaos Walking
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Chaos Walking is a disposable diversion at best, an embarrassing waste of time, and primarily, it’s just a lot of vague, unfocused noise. … read more

Film Review: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

Film Review: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is certainly aimed at fans, but it’s quite accessible even if you’re not. It made a fan out of me. … read more

Film Review: Raya and the Last Dragon

Film Review: Raya and the Last Dragon
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Raya and the Last Dragon is a magical, can’t-miss adventure that’s suitable for everyone while breaking the mold. … read more

Film Review: Moxie

Film Review: Moxie
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Moxie takes the Mean Girls’ model of “girls can be so awful to each other” and provides an alternative story of sisterhood and empowerment. … read more

Film Review: Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry

Film Review: Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry
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The World’s A Little Blurry is a coming-of-age story of Billie Eilish whose overnight rise to superstardom shook the entire music industry. … read more

Film Review: The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Film Review: The United States vs. Billie Holiday
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The United States vs. Billie Holiday is a pretty good film about magnificent talent, corruption and fear-mongering government operations. … read more

A Tiny Ripple of Hope Brings A Story of Love and Sacrifice to Slamdance

A Tiny Ripple of Hope Brings A Story of Love...
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A Tiny Ripple of Hope is a powerful and emotional new documentary which premiered at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival. … read more

Film Review: I Care A Lot

Film Review: I Care A Lot
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I Care A Lot is a gleefully wicked ride that has remarkable chutzpah and deftly zigs every time you think it’s going to zag. … read more

Dickinson: Season Two Has Fun Taking Poetic License With Its Historical Setting 

Dickinson: Season Two Has Fun Taking Poetic License With Its...
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If you like period costume dramas, then Dickinson, might be just the show for you—but it’s certainly not the one you’re expecting it to be … read more

Film Review: Flora & Ulysses

Film Review: Flora & Ulysses
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Flora & Ulysses isn’t going on a best-of-the-year list, but it’s a welcome family film that adults will even enjoy watching on their own. … read more

Film Review: Willy’s Wonderland

Film Review: Willy’s Wonderland
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Willy’s Wonderland is not unwatchable, but it’s not even the best new Nicolas Cage movie I’ve seen in the past three weeks. … read more

Film Review: Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Film Review: Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
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As long as you have at least one person beside you who’s feeling as stupid as you are for laughing, Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar is it. … read more

Film Review: The World To Come

Film Review: The World To Come
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The World to Come explores the question of how one deals with the realities of life versus the expectations of what it’s supposed to be. … read more

Film Review: The Mauritanian

Film Review: The Mauritanian
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The Mauritanian conveys when we talk ourselves into believing that the end justifies the means, we inevitably lose sight of the end itself. … read more

Film Review: Minari

Film Review: Minari
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Minari is an emotional and lyrical work of art, and a moving portrait of assimilation and the immigrant experience. … read more

Film Review: Malcolm & Marie

Film Review: Malcolm & Marie
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It’s difficult to imagine anyone but people who really like Zendaya and John David Washington making it through Malcolm & Marie. … read more

Film Review: Nomadland

Film Review: Nomadland
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Nomadland is an immersive, cleansing experience that had me captivated from beginning to end, and it’s deserving of the love it’s getting. … read more

Sundance Film Review: You Wouldn’t Understand

Sundance Film Review: You Wouldn’t Understand
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Trish Harnetiaux’s You Wouldn’t Understand is an unassuming little gem of absurdist comedy that knows exactly what is is. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Prisoners of the Ghostland

Sundance Film Review: Prisoners of the Ghostland
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Prisoners of the Ghostland is a nonsensical mess that had me feeling like one of those characters from a certain era of Bugs Bunny cartoon. … read more

Sundance Film Review: R#J

Sundance Film Review: R#J
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In this retelling of Romeo and Juliet, R#J feels more like a very intriguing experiment than a particularly good film. … read more

Sundace Film Review: Jockey

Sundace Film Review: Jockey
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Jockey is a triumph of melancholy and wistful moments woven together by a skilled director and actor who has never been fully appreciated. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Marvelous and the Black Hole

Sundance Film Review: Marvelous and the Black Hole
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Kate Tsang’s Marvelous and the Black Hole is by no means terrible, and it kills almost 90 minutes adequately enough. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Mass

Sundance Film Review: Mass
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Mass is an uncompromisingly provocative film, one sure to be the subject of discussion if people can steel themselves up to watch it. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Flee

Sundance Film Review: Flee
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 Flee is a magnificent achievement in directing, and a genuine game changer for documentaries as an artform. … read more

Sundance Film Review: On the Count of Three

Sundance Film Review: On the Count of Three
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Jerrod Carmichael’s On the Count of Three is an interesting commentary on the difference between angry self-pity and true mental illness. … read more

Sundance Film Review: How It Ends

Sundance Film Review: How It Ends
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Zoe Lister-Jones & Daryl Wein’s pre-apocalyptic How It Ends is slight and forgettable, but it is an enjoyable little excursion. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Coda

Sundance Film Review: Coda
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Coda perfectly encapsulates the idea of challenging narrow viewpoints regrading the ways we communicate, the ways we live and the ways we love. … read more

Film Review: Supernova

Film Review: Supernova
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Supernova is an absorbing enough trip, even if it doesn’t take us down many roads we haven’t visited before. … read more

Film Review: The Little Things

Film Review: The Little Things
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The Little Things is intriguing, but too grisly for people who don’t get into serial-killer movies, but too tame for those who love them. … read more

Film Review: The Dig

Film Review: The Dig
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The Dig is a well-made film that has a lot going for it. If not for the ill-advised deviations, this could have easily been a minor classic. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Playing With Sharks

Sundance Film Review: Playing With Sharks
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Playing with Sharks is so much more than just the latest cash grab on the subject—it’ s a loving tribute to an extraordinary person.  … read more

Sundance Film Review: Prime Time

Sundance Film Review: Prime Time
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Prime Time is simply an exceptionally well-crafted and engaging thriller that goes beyond language barriers. … read more

Sundance Film Review: One for the Road

Sundance Film Review: One for the Road
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Baz Poonipiriya’s One for the Road is not without its moments, but it’s irritating, flashy and shallow beyond words, … read more

Sundance Film Review: Hive

Sundance Film Review: Hive
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Hive is a smack in the face that manages to be both devastating and inspiring, as well as profoundly moving.  … read more

Film Review: The White Tiger

Film Review: The White Tiger
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The White Tiger takes on an introspective look at greatness versus goodness and the vast differences between a prosperous life and spirit. … read more

Film Review: Herself

Film Review: Herself
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Phyllida Lloyd’s Herself is a beautiful, sensitive and life-affirming movie that comes with my highest possible recommendation. … read more

Film Review: Outside the Wire

Film Review: Outside the Wire
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If you’re looking for slam-bang action and you like military thrillers, Mikael Håfström’s Outside the Wire is a fair use of two hours. … read more

Series Review: WandaVision

Series Review: WandaVision
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WandaVision is visionary and an exciting television event that should thrill fans, as long as they are willing to accept something different. … read more

Film Review: Locked Down

Film Review: Locked Down
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Locked Down is a unique take on the heist movie, but more than anything, it’s a good relationship dramedy. … read more

Film Review: The Marksman

Film Review: The Marksman
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The Marksman is an above-average but far-below-great January thriller that works because its star and director really sell it. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street

Sundance Film Review: Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame...
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Street Gang: How We Made It Sesame Street is unforgettable, and it’s more than a film—it’s a living document of the work. … read more

Sundance Film Review: Land

Sundance Film Review: Land
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Land is a quiet, introspective and metaphorical film that provides a rewarding experience and a very promising first feature. … read more

Cryptozoo Brings a Dash of Imagination to Sundance

Cryptozoo Brings a Dash of Imagination to Sundance
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Prolific in the medium of graphic novels, Dash Shaw views the virtual format of this year’s Sundance festival as well suited to Cryptozoo. … read more