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Fresh off "Lady Bird" (2017), a wonderful movie about a young writer leaving home, the writer-director Greta Gerwig has made another wonderful movie about a young writer leaving home, although she … more
When it's done right, sound in film doesn't call attention to itself, it just comes off as perfectly natural. When Chewbacca speaks in the "Star Wars" saga, for instance, he sounds the way a … more
Cardi B's film career shows no signs of slowing down. The Bronx-born rapper, 27, is hitting the road with the upcoming "Fast & Furious 9," she confirmed in an Instagram video with franchise star … more
Two years ago at the Toronto International Film Festival, a movie about Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, Nikola Tesla and, for a climax, the dazzling illumination of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, … more
The words "elevated horror" have recently spurred debate and defensiveness among cinephiles, particularly those who reject the notion that horror needed elevating in the first place. But "The … more
It's hard to talk about why the South Korean phenomenon "Parasite" has captured the imagination of a broad international film audience without talking about "Joker," the other conspicuous … more
The succinct documentary "On the President's Orders," from co-directors Olivier Sarbil and James Jones, wastes no frames as it artfully chronicles the dehumanizing effects of hateful rhetoric turned … more
In the misty glade and dusky bog of your memories, can you recall a time when zombies weren't money? The first "Zombieland" came out in 2009, a year before "The Walking Dead" premiered on AMC, back … more
In Taika Waititi's new film, "Jojo Rabbit," billed as an "anti-hate satire," the Maori-Jewish New Zealand filmmaker himself plays Adolf Hitler. But that seems to both the beginning and the end of the … more
The enduring appeal of "The Addams Family" is quite impressive. With only four notes and a couple of snaps, plus a classic black dress, one can instantly evoke the classic American Gothic clan, who … more
It's been 25 years since Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" caused a stir when it hit theaters, but the violent tale of lovers-on-the-run mixed with a vicious media satire still feels … more
Legendary director Ang Lee first dipped his toe into the world of high frame rate cinema with 2016's "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," which was shot and shown in select theaters at 120 frames per … more
Sure, in space, no one can hear you scream. But "Memory: The Origins of 'Alien,'" a well-mounted peek behind the scenes of Ridley Scott's 1979 science-fiction masterpiece, is more interested in what … more
Henry Alex Rubin and Sean Mullin got it half-right. The team behind the script for "Semper Fi" starts out strong with a story of a close group of childhood friends who are Marine Corps reservists. … more
From concerns over its depiction of violence to wildly divisive reviews, the new movie "Joker" has generated an enormous amount of pre-release anxiety, conversation and controversy. Directed and … more
"Dolemite Is My Name," starring Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore, an over-the-hill comedian who became an unlikely film star in the early 1970s, is many things: A comeback story whose lead actor is … more
After weeks of hype and controversy, Warner Bros.' newest DC Comics movie, "Joker," finally puts its cards on the box-office table this weekend. Writer-director Todd Phillips' R-rated supervillain … more
Natalie Portman isn't surprised that critics are excoriating her new movie. Yes, she was hurt when she saw the withering reviews for "Lucy in the Sky" following its premiere at the Toronto … more
"The Day Shall Come" believes in disconcerting satire for discombobulated times. It's messy, and hindered by some scattered storytelling in the crucial first 15 minutes, when it would've benefited … more
For an actress, the role of Judy Garland courts comparison to climbing Mount Everest. Close, but it's more like scaling Everest while Everest crumbles beneath your feet. And you have to lug a floor … more
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