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Thursday, Jun. 1, 2023
"Reality," a new movie starring Sydney Sweeney, is largely set in one empty room. There is nothing on the walls. There are no chairs or rugs, just a stark and ugly room in a nondescript rental property in a downtrodden neighborhood. Its script is as minimalistic — lifted directly from the...
Thursday, Jun. 1, 2023
Let's get this upfront: "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" was the best comic-book film of the last decade.
With an animation blizzard blown straight in from the pages of comics, "Into the Spider-Verse" took a supercollider to all the conventions of the superhero movie. Solemnity was out...
Friday, May. 19, 2023
Nicole Holofcener has learned a few things about Hollywood over the years.
That attending the Oscars is more fun as a guest than a nominee. That when someone just says "congratulations" after a film, they didn't like it and don't want to tell you. That getting to work with your idols is...
Wednesday, May. 17, 2023
Fans and critics may disagree over when exactly the "Fast & Furious" franchise jumped the shark, but there is only one correct answer: When the Pontiac Fiero went into space.
Weightless and violating every physical law, the floating car — tasked with bumping a satellite in the ninth...
Wednesday, May. 10, 2023
I've always liked Michael J. Fox and always will. I suspect most people feel the same way.
That's surely partly because, as Marty McFly in "Back to the Future" and Alex P. Keaton in "Family Ties," Fox was a fixture of so many childhoods. But there's also a way that Fox remains forever...
Friday, Apr. 28, 2023
When Peter "Star-Lord" Quill, while inspecting a murky extraterrestrial region, pressed play on Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love" in the first "Guardians of the Galaxy," it would have been hard to imagine that James Gunn's space opera would ultimately lead to something as sincere, poignant and...
Thursday, Apr. 27, 2023
There is not a cynical molecule in the big-screen adaptation of "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret," a sweet, playful and reverential adaptation of Judy Blume's famed coming-of-age novel about the everyday problems of an 11-year-old girl.
Perhaps it shouldn't have been earthshattering...
Friday, Apr. 21, 2023
Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was an extraordinarily accomplished man in Marie Antoinette's France. He was a scholar, a fencer, a virtuoso violinist and a famous and sought-after composer who wrote string quartets, symphonies and operas. His influence was vast, but he was all...
Thursday, Apr. 20, 2023
The king of rock 'n' roll didn't die at Graceland in 1977. He died just three years ago in Tullahoma, Tennessee, and he never really got the crown he deserved.
That's the persuasive case made by Lisa Cortés' documentary "Little Richard: I Am Everything," an insightful biography of an...
Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2023
There are no flying dragons, zombies or media moguls in the HBO series "Somebody Somewhere," making it different in tone and scope from the network's larger, flashier shows. But the Bridget Everett-starring series is unique in its own right for its themes of representation, acceptance and also...