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“Wonderstruck” Review: Todd Haynes is Clearly Out of His Element in Possibly the First Major Misstep of His Career

wonderstrucreviewTNAn adaptation of Brian Selznick’s fantasy tale of New York City and its museum, the movie falls short of any expectations with uncharacteristically bad storytelling choices.

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Under the Radar: “Una” Will Shake You Up with Amazing Performances by Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn

UnaUnderRadarTNThe Benedict Andrews-directed adaptation of David Harrower’s play “Blackbird” Is far more than a filmed theatrical piece, as the filmmaker takes advantage of what film can do that theater can’t.

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“The Florida Project” Review: Sean Baker Continues to Find Success Giving a Voice to a World Little-Seen

“I know this is a movie, and that Moonee and Halley aren’t real, but in creating them, Sean Baker has captured something deeply true, and these images are spilling over with life, unruly and hard to categorize from one moment to the next,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Brawl in Cell Block 99” Review: Vince Vaughn Elevates S. Craig Zahler’s Latest Deranged Genre Film

Vince Vaughn Cell Block 99“This is exploitation fare served strong, and while it is the humanity of Vaughn’s performance that grounds the film and makes it something more than “just” exploitation, you still may need a shower afterwards,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” Film Review: Noah Baumbach Hits His Stride With His Funniest Comedy Re-Examining Earlier Themes

MeyerowitzStoriesTNEdward Douglas thinks Baumbach’s 10th film is easily his funniest and strongest dose of dysfunctional family humor.

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Under the Radar: “Super Dark Times” Will Eff With Your Head as a More Modern Version of “River’s Edge”

SuperDarkTimesTNCinematographer Kevin Phillips’ feature film directorial debut is a stunner with a number of amazing performances by young talent that makes it worth seeking out.

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“Blade Runner 2049” Review: Denis Villeneuve Balances Reverence and Innovation in Worthy Sequel That Adds to Original’s Legacy

Blade Runner 2049 ReviewBlade Runner 2049 is such a good sequel that it makes the case that, between these two films, no other example of the genre has ever made these ideas so vivid, so wrenching, so immediate and raw,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Last Flag Flying” Review: Erratic Dramedy Features Three Strong Performances But Never Completely Connects

Boyhood filmmaker Richard Linklater directs this quasi-sequel to Hal Ashby’s 1973 film The Last Detail and an “insanely funny” Bryan Cranston steals the show.

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“Goodbye Christopher Robin” Review: Domhnall Gleeson Is Great In Devastating Film That’s Simon Curtis’ Best Yet

Goodbye Christopher Robin Review“The film is often devastating, and it offers up one of the least sentimental portraits of parenthood that I can remember. It’s also wise enough to suggest that art comes at a cost, and the creation of even the most beautiful things can sometimes leave scars,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“American Made” Review: Tom Cruise’s Movie Star Charm Only Flies So Far in This Amusing Near-Miss

American Made Review“Director Doug Liman takes such profound liberties with the life of Barry Seal that it’s fair to treat the film as fiction, but it’s also a terrific showcase for one sequence after another of Tom Cruise getting the smug smacked out of him,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Battle of the Sexes” Review: Inspirational Film Sees Emma Stone Score Off the Court as Billie Jean King

Battle of the Sexes Review“If even one person sees this film and takes strength from Billie Jean’s personal journey, strength they use to live their life honestly, then that’s even better than winning an Oscar, and this story certainly has the power to do that,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” Review: Matthew Vaughn Continues to Demolish Expectations with Entertaining Sequel

“This is how I like my movie sequels, determined not just to give us more of the same but keenly aware that ‘the same’ is exactly why people buy tickets to sequels. It’s a tricky balancing act, but it feels like Vaughn and his ongoing gang of collaborators enjoy that challenge,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“American Assassin” Review: A Goofy, Violent, Dumb Action Movie You May Enjoy

Dylan O’Brien’s new film isn’t particularly good, but it had Drew McWeeny on the edge of his seat the whole time.

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Toronto: Christian Bale, Jessica Chastain Shine a Light on Treatment of Native Americans in “Hostiles,” “Woman Walks Ahead”

HostilesTNThe two movies, directed by Scott Cooper (Black Mass) and Susanna White (Our Kind of Traitor), premiered at TIFF, one getting far more immediate attention than the other, but the simpler (and far less expensive) film ends up working better.

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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Review: Martin McDonagh is at His Best in Latest Dark Comedy

three billboards  excerpt“It feels like the most successful effort yet from an artist who understands that we’re going to have to face some ugly truths if we ever hope to get better from here,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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Toronto: “Borg/McEnroe,” “Battle of the Sexes” Both Feature Tennis, Yet Only One Is Truly About the Sport

battleofthesexesTNTwo of Toronto’s bigger premieres feature great sports stars of the past as portrayed by popular actors from the present. One of the movies has a much bigger and more important message, though they both build up to spectacular match-ups.

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“MOTHER!” Review: Jennifer Lawrence Shines in Darren Aronofsky’s Self-Indulgent Thriller

mother excerpt“Early marketing for the film has made it feel like a Rosemary’s Baby-style thriller, but that’s a huge misdirect, and even calling the film a “horror” film feels dishonest. It is an intensely personal experience, with everything rooted in the perspective of the nameless character played by Jennifer Lawrence,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Brad’s Status” Review: Ben Stiller Delivers the Best Performance of His Career

BS small There are certain rules that you’ll hear people assert about storytelling on film, and one of those rules is that you should not rely heavily on voice-over, and when you want to show an example of how to shatter that rule completely, Brad’s Status would be a great one.

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“It” Review: Andy Muschietti Delivers a Masterclass on Stephen King

it excerpt“Ultimately, Andy Muschietti is the star of the film. He’s the one making the call about how to approach bringing the horror of Derry to life, and the film is filled with striking imagery pulled right from the nightmare life of the kids … For the first time in a long time, the promise of a sequel feels like a promise, not a corporate threat,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Tulip Fever” Review: Does Anyone Really Need to Know THIS Much About Tulips?

tulipfeverTNThe new Alicia Vikander – Christoph Waltz period drama is “needly convoluted and dull, dull, dull,” according to East Coast Editor Edward Douglas.

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“Goon: Last of the Enforcers” Review: Seann William Scott Shines in Hard-Hitting Hockey Sequel

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Review“For a long time, Slap Shot was the gold standard for hockey movies, and while neither of the Goon films quite supplants it on their own, I’d say taken as a one-two punch, the Goon franchise has earned its spot in the trophy case,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Death Note” Review: Nat Wolff Is Miscast In Ambitious Netflix Adaptation That’s Afraid of Its Own Premise

Death Note Review“This is the most fluid and decisive visual storytelling of director Adam Wingard’s career so far, but it’s hard to give a sh*t when there are no limits to the rules and when the stakes are as confusing as they are here,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Logan Lucky” Review: The Most Endearing Slice of Hicksploitation Comedy Since “Raising Arizona”

Logan Lucky ReviewBy now, Steven Soderbergh has to be considered heist film royalty, and it’s clear from the moment this film starts that he is one of the very best filmmakers at this particular type of thing,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Review: A Slick and Soulless Action-Comedy With Movie Stars Instead of Characters

HitmansBodyguard“You can feel the labor behind every single scene, and you can see how hard everyone’s working, but honestly, it feels a little desperate, like they’re sweating behind those smiles,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Patti Cake$” Review: A Joyous Jersey Hip-Hop Fable on Par With “8 Mile” and “Hustle & Flow”

patticakesreviewxcerpt“Geremy Jasper’s directorial debut debuted at Sundance and features exceptional performances from Danielle Macdonald and Bridget Everett, as well some very catchy tunes,” writes Edward Douglas.

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“Annabelle: Creation” Review: Someone’s a Fan of “Poltergeist” Judging by This Fine But Uninspired Prequel

Annabelle: Creation Review“The first Annabelle was a cheap knock-off of The Conjuring, built around fake tension and lame, slow-burn non-scares. This time, there’s plenty of payoff, and once the film hits its third act, it’s fairly relentless in terms of pace and tone,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Only Living Boy in New York” Review: Marc Webb, Strong Cast Help Allan Loeb’s Script Land Big Emotional Punches

The Only Living Boy in New York Review“This is a small film, but it’s a strong film, and it finally showcases this writer in a way that makes clear what his strengths can be,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Good Time” Review: The Safdie Brothers Box Well Outside Their Weight Class With This Abrasive Crime Thriller

goodtimeexcerpt“The film puts a lot of pressure on Robert Pattinson to deliver as its unlikeable lead. And while his New York accent is something to admire because it makes you forget he was once Edward in Twilight, his performance isn’t very impressive beyond that,” writes Edward Douglas.

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“The Glass Castle” Review: An Erratic But Emotional Adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ Memoir

glasscastlereviewxcerptShort Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton reunites with Brie Larson for Lionsgate’s family drama, which was better than expected, even if the tone is erratic at times.

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“Brigsby Bear” Review: A Special, Beautiful Film That Celebrates the Therapeutic Nature of Art

Brigsby Bear Review“It’s like watching a movie about the making of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and realizing that Pee-Wee built his private world in order to work through some pretty severe trauma. It makes the world that he’s built even more poignant, because you see why it’s important to him,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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