Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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Tuesday, May. 15, 2018
Review: Director David Leitch's "Deadpool 2"
At a recent screening of "Deadpool 2," the audience didn't get up when the end credits came up, patiently sitting through the scrolling names of visual effects supervisors and lighting specialists. Real "Deadpool" fans know to stick around until the ushers toss them out. That's because the...
Wednesday, May. 2, 2018
Review: Director Jason Reitman's "Tully"
The title character of Jason Reitman's "Tully" descends not from the clouds, carried by an umbrella in the wind, but glides cheerfully through the front door on a black night. She arrives just as Marlo (Charlize Theron), the mother of two plus an unplanned-for newborn, is reaching the limits of...
Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018
Review: Director Laura Brownson's "The Rachel Divide"
There's a scene at the end of the Netflix documentary about controversial figure Rachel Dolezal when she enters a DMV and comes out a few minutes later with a new name. "A new start," she says. The whole process seems painless and courteous. If only she could change other parts of her identity so...
Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018
Review: Anthony and Joe Russo's "Avengers: Infinity War"
After 10 years of lean, threadbare, Lilliputian tales, Marvel Studios has, thank heavens, finally decided to go big. The scale of "Avengers: Infinity War," of course, isn't a departure for Marvel. It's an apotheosis. But is it possible to supersize what is already colossal? "Infinity War," which...
Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018
Review: Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein's Amy Schumer Starrer "I Feel Pretty"
If you've ever walked into a store and were embarrassed to tell the salesperson your real size, or entered the gym locker room and wanted to hide, you're part of the target audience for Amy Schumer's "I Feel Pretty." Whatever age or gender you happen to be. Self-esteem issues related to body image...
Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018
Review: Director Janus Metz' "Borg Vs. McEnroe"
Let's begin this review of "Borg Vs. McEnroe" with a huge spoiler alert. The final score of the 1980 Wimbledon men's final between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, which takes up the climactic last third of the movie, was 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6. It's not a secret, really. And, in the end, it doesn't...
Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018
Review: Chloe Zhao's Spiritual Western "The Rider"
Cinema might have a worthy successor to early Terrence Malick in Chloe Zhao, whose second feature "The Rider " is a spiritual and poetic journey into the fading world of the Lakota cowboy, starring the real people who inspired her film. As in her first, the beautiful "Songs My Brothers Taught Me"...
Friday, Apr. 6, 2018
Review: Director Andrew Haigh's "Lean on Pete"
There is painfully little love, except for the warm and compassionate filmmaking itself, in Andrew Haigh's tender and heartbreaking coming-of-age drama "Lean on Pete." In his first American film, Haigh, the British director of "45 Years" and "Weekend," proves every bit as adept at burrowing into...
Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018
Review: Director Kay Cannon's "Blockers"
The teen sex comedy, a dude-fest if there ever was one, gets a very overdue and very funny update in Kay Cannon's "Blockers," a gleeful, gross-out farce about the absurdities of gender bias. Like "Porky's" and "American Pie" before it, Cannon's film begins with a sex pact. Three high-school friends...
Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018
Review: Director John Curran's "Chappaquiddick"
Ambiguous and damning at once, John Curran's "Chappaquiddick" plunges us back into the summer of 1969: the season of Woodstock, the moon landing, the Manson murders and the lowest ebb of the Kennedy mythology. It was six years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy and a year since Bobby was...

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