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V.27 No.42 | 10/18/2018
“Don’t want none? Don’t start none!”

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Black ’47

Bloody revenge saga is more folk ballad than history lesson

Looked on less as a rigorous historical account and more as a blood-soaked folk tale told around a flickering tavern fireplace, Black ’47 makes for one rousing cinematic yarn.
V.27 No.41 | 10/11/2018
The Old Man & The Gun

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The Old Man & The Gun

Real life bank heist flick gets a senior discount

The Old Man & The Gun is an affable, sedentary tale of a likable old rogue—a sort of Catch Me If You Can for the AARP set—but it’s not the sort of film you can get excited about.
V.27 No.40 | 10/4/2018
No “Bad Romance” for Cooper and Gaga

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A Star is Born

A star is rebooted in familiar musical melodrama

This tale of a faded musical icon who discovers a talented young ingénue, mentors her, falls in love and then becomes despondent when her star eclipses his own is a familiar cliché. Thankfully, the 2018 revamp of the age-old entertainment industry story offers up a respectable number of un-guilty pleasures before succumbing to its manipulative emotions and unabashedly old-fashioned drama.
V.27 No.39 | 9/27/2018
Blaze

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Blaze

Musical biopic sings a sad, romantic song

Blaze is lovingly handcrafted film that should appeal to those who just like to hear a sad, sad song once in a while.

V.27 No.38 | 9/20/2018
We the Animals

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We The Animals

Coming-of-age drama paints impressionistic portrait of preteen life

We the Animals speaks to both the resiliency and the impressionability of youth, with raw performances from the actors and symbol-laden cinematography that weaves a primal world of earth, water, leaves and rain.
V.27 No.37 | 9/13/2018
“… And I say 102 Dalmatians is the best Glenn Close performance to date!”

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The Wife

The family that writes together fights together in A-list acting display

They say that, “behind every great man there is a great woman.” That axiom gets taken apart like a Swiss watch and examined under the loupe in the high-class literary drama/handcrafted Oscar bait The Wife.
V.27 No.36 | 9/6/2018
Madeline's Madeline

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Madeline’s Madeline

Teenage girl is having an art attack in theatrical indie

We’re all actors, Madeline's Madeline seems to imply, acting as ourselves.
V.27 No.35 | 8/30/2018
Far From the Tree

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Far From the Tree

Documentary addresses the difficulty of “different” families

How do families deal with children who are very different from them? That’s the probing premise behind Rachel Dretzin’s honest and empathetic documentary Far From the Tree.
V.27 No.34 | 8/23/2018
Papillon

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Papillon

New take on famed French tale of prison life can’t escape the past

Despite the inadvisability of taking another run at 1973’s highly regarded, Academy Award-nominated Papillon, someone has gone and done just that.

V.27 No.33 | 8/16/2018
Never Goin' Back

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Never Goin’ Back

Teenage stoner comedy lets the ladies do the dirty work for a change

Whether you find Never Goin’ Back a hilarious tribute to the wild shenanigans of youth or a depressing wake-up call about the horrors of the Millennial Generation may depend largely on your age group.
V.27 No.32 | 8/9/2018
Who’s hungry for seafood?

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The Meg

Wait 20 minutes after eating to view this movie

The Meg is nature disaster monster movie fare at its biggest, loudest and silliest.

V.27 No.31 | 8/2/2018
Eighth Grade

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Eighth Grade

Bo Burnham studies tweenage angst in writing-directing debut

Hilarious and painful and perfectly well-observed, Eighth Grade takes the tired “coming-of-age” indie dramedy genre and refreshes it for the iPhone age.
V.27 No.30 | 7/26/2018
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

True-life tale of alcoholism and cartoons is unexpectedly uplifting

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot is a disarmingly empathetic biopic that surprises with its sincerity and its down-to-earth charm.
V.27 No.29 | 7/19/2018
Sorry to Bother You

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Sorry To Bother You

Upward mobility gets weird in off-kilter comedy

Sorry to Bother You is not the work of a practiced, disciplined filmmaker. It’s the work of a manic, committed, wildly creative first-timer.
V.27 No.28 | 7/12/2018
Eating Animals

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Eating Animals

Farming documentary hopes to influence food choices

Eating Animals spends its time talking about sustainable alternative solutions to factory farms, giving in to neither hardcore carnivores nor militant animal lovers.