Category Archives: Film Reviews

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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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HAPPY DEATH DAY Review: Christopher Landon Creates Fun But Formulaic Horror

“Confident and cleanly-told, “Happy Death Day” is exactly the “Groundhog Day” meets “Friday the 13th” mash-up that the trailers promise. There’s nothing more to it than that though,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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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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