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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Review: Rian Johnson’s Thrilling Entry Represents a Genuine Moment of Growth For the Franchise

The Last Jedi Review“What is clear above all is that Star Wars is in good hands, and that the series retains the ability to both give us what we crave, and surprise us with choices,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Phantom Thread” Review: Daniel Day-Lewis Helps Paul Thomas Anderson Find His Voice With This Lush, Disturbing Film

Phantom Thread ReviewPhantom Thread is going to be with me long after the conversations about this year’s awards have faded, and for many viewers, this is going to be a film worth an obsession as focused as the one shared by its main characters,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Post” Review: Meryl Streep Is the Heart and Soul of Feminist Film That Feels Urgent

The Post Review“Thank god we have a populist storyteller as morally focused as he is gifted to use his platform to tell stories that matter at the exact moment they matter most,” Drew McWeeny writes of director Steven Spielberg.

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“I, Tonya” Review: Margot Robbie Is Ferocious as Tonya Harding Because She Has the Same Hunger That Drove Her

I Tonya Review“There is a legitimate anger on display in Craig Gillespie’s film, and you get the feeling it was made as dark comedy because the alternative would be almost too grim to bear,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Darkest Hour” Review: Gary Oldman Is At His Absolute Best In Joe Wright’s Rousing and Sincere Drama

Darkest Hour Excerpt“Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything, Bohemian Rhapsody) stays in a biopic groove here, and it’s his approach to the material that makes Darkest Hour interesting. He knows that it’s not just which story you’re telling, but how you tell it,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Shape of Water” Review: Guillermo del Toro’s Dream Project Is Timely, Timeless, and His Most Personal Film to Date

ShapeofWaterTN“It’s beautiful to see a movie where the heroes — Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer — are the people who would be pushed to the edge of the frame in any other movie like this,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Disaster Artist” Review: James Franco Finally Pulls It All Together With Moving Comedy That Never Resorts to the Easy Joke

The Disaster Artist“The Franco brothers’ natural ease with one another allows them to try some big, risky things as performers, and it pays off in an intimacy that shorthands the years of friendship between Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Call Me by Your Name” Review: Desire Runs Deep in This Touching Love Story That Feels Like a Beautiful Memory

“James Ivory’s films are usually about the ways people deny the desires that define them, while Luca Guadagnino seems more interested by what happens when we surrender to them. It makes for a terrific collaboration,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Coco” Review: Pixar’s Latest Offers Lovely Music, Genuine Emotion and an Increasingly Familiar Formula

In terms of original storytelling, “the studio doesn’t seem to be innovating in the way they once did, and that feels like cause for concern,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Mudbound” Review: Dee Rees Proves Herself as a Filmmaker With This Powerful Period Drama

mudboundTNThe film, which examines racism in the South and stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Rob Morgan and Mary J. Blige, is now available to watch on Netflix.

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“Wonder” Review: Jacob Tremblay Delivers an Honest, Wrenching Performance in a Film Teeming With Empathy

“Director Stephen Chbosky demonstrates a real facility for recreating the feeling of being young, capturing the terror and the joy and the courage of it with an expert eye,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Justice League” Review: An Incoherent & Overstuffed Story Holds Back a Potentially Fun Film

justice league“In its best moments, Justice League is genuinely fun, with a comic book attitude that can be elusive to even the most talented filmmakers working from similar source material. At its worst, it’s simply incoherent,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Review: Denzel Washington Gives a Great Performance That’s In Search of a Good Movie

“Dan Gilroy is good at what he does, and he will make plenty of great films… this just isn’t one of them,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Murder on the Orient Express” Review: Kenneth Branagh’s Elegant Remake Delivers Old-Fashioned Pleasures

“When you’ve got talent like Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Leslie Odom Jr., Derek Jacobi, Olivia Colman, Judi Dench, and Willem Dafoe as the various passengers, you know you’re in good hands,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Square” Review: Ruben Östlund’s Thrilling New Film Refuses to Play By the Rules and Give Easy Answers

the squareA thrilling accomplishment by an artist who is only getting better, the film raises major questions about whether “moral courage” in art is really courage at all, or if it’s all just one big human centipede of self-satisfaction,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Lady Bird” Review: Saoirse Ronan Gives an Exemplary Performance In This Terrific Solo Debut From Greta Gerwig

“This is a gorgeous movie made by a gorgeous spirit. Uncommonly warm and blessed with a comic voice that feels both fresh and personal,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“A Bad Moms Christmas” Review: Chemistry Carries Well-Cast But Uninspired Sequel That Relies on Gross-Out Comedy

“When every scene is designed to be the biggest, craziest, dirtiest comedy set piece of all time, the effect becomes somewhat numbing,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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Under the Radar: “Intent to Destroy” and “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold”

IntentJoanDidionTNJoe Berlinger addresses an important socio-political issue while Griffin Dunne shines the spotlight on an important literary and journalistic figure i.e. his aunt.

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“Jigsaw” Review: Blood and Gore Galore, But the Lack of a Killer Twist Proves Fatal to This Sequel

“The underlying issue with this franchise is that it’s hopelessly stuck in the past, unable to move on from Tobin Bell’s fair-minded killer John Kramer,” writes Jeff Sneider.

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“All I See Is You” Review: Blake Lively Drama Is More of an Arthouse Character Piece Than You Might Expect

Director Marc Forster (“World War Z”) takes the audience on a ride that “won’t be for everyone,” writes Edward Douglas.

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“Suburbicon” Review: George Clooney’s Ambitious Dark Comedy Struggles to Find Focus

Drew McWeeny writes that George Clooney’s take on the Coen brothers’ story is an “ambitious attempt to marry dark comedy, film noir, and social commentary.”

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“Thank You for Your Service” Review: Miles Teller’s PTSD Drama Is a Scathing Look at the Human Cost of War

“Jason Hall’s no-nonsense directorial debut has rewards to offer, even though it doesn’t offer its characters any easy answers,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Novitiate“ Review: Filmmaker Maggie Betts Delivers a Dazzling Narrative Debut with a Show-Stopping Performance by Melissa Leo

Margaret Qualley plays a ‘60s teen who decides to become a nun, just as the Catholic Church is making dramatic changes itself.

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“Jane” Review: Jane Goodall Documentary Celebrates a Remarkable Woman In a Beautiful Way

Jane Review“The film is not just a look at how Goodall changed our understanding of chimpanzee behavior, but also a sly love story and, simply on an aesthetic level, one of the year’s most beautiful movies,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Snowman” Review: Michael Fassbender Delivers Another Misfire

“On paper, all of this looks like it should be an easy slam dunk. Instead, it adds up to what can only be described as a scorched-earth failure,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Thor: Ragnarok” Review: Taika Waititi Brings Absurd & Earnest Fun to the MCU

“Whoever had the idea of putting [Taika Waitit] together with what could easily have been the grimmest of the Marvel films, should probably get a big fat Christmas bonus this year, because Waititi absolutely knocked Thor Ragnarok out of the park,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Wonder Wheel” Review: Woody Allen’s Latest is Flawed but Fine, Driven by Another Great Kate Winslet Performance

wonderwheelreviewTN“Neither Allen’s best movie nor his worst, although it’s probably stronger due to Winslet’s fabulousness,” says Edward Douglas.

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Under the Radar: “The Departure” & “Tom of Finland”

departuretomofinlandTNLana Wilson’s poignant life-affirming doc and Dome Karukoski’s amazing biopic about an LGBTQ icon should be sought out.

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“Only the Brave” Review: Tragic Firefighter Tale Is a Fitting Tribute to Real-Life Heroes

Only the Brave Review“This is Joseph Kosinski’s most successful film to date, and I would not have guessed that he had this in him. It also features some of the most open-hearted and vulnerable work I’ve ever seen Josh Brolin do,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Foreigner“ Review: A Convoluted, Somewhat Offensive Revenge Thriller Where You Can’t Even Root for Jackie Chan

jackiechanforeignerreviewTN“The type of action movie that just feels dated and not in a fun way either,” says East Coast Editor Edward Douglas.

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