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V.26 No.2 | 1/12/2017
“I’ll take two.”

Film Review

Elle

Script-flipping European thriller finds Isabelle Huppert getting down with her bad self

Alibi film expert Devin O’Leary discusses Paul Verhoeven’s latest work, Elle.
V.26 No.1 | 1/5/2017
There’s the ocean. And there are the waves.

Film Review

Ocean Waves

Animated story of teenage love finally washes up on American shores

Ocean Waves, an animated story of teenage love, finally washes up on American Shores
V.25 No.51 | 12/22/2016
Jackie

Film Review

Jackie

Camelot is born in media-savvy biopic about JFK’s grieving widow

Jackie is an intellectual, visually stylized exercise in nostalgia and myth-making—crystalizing the moment when politics became more about optics.
V.25 No.50 | 12/15/2016
La La Land

Film Review

La La Land

Modern-day musical should garner fans despite flaws

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is lovingly assembled and will nab fans with its sheer nostalgic novelty.
V.25 No.49 | 12/8/2016
Incarnate

Film Review

Incarnate

The devil is not in the details in redundant new exorcism drama

Incarnate is terribly derivative and made up of random scraps of a whole bunch of other movies—right down to the “gosh, where have I seen that before?” ending.
V.25 No.48 | 12/1/2016
Moana

Film Review

Moana

Disney sets sail in the South Seas with a mythical new toon

Moana's got everything you love about Disney animated movies, but for all the tradition, this one’s playful about its roots, poking fun at Disney’s endless princess franchise.
V.25 No.46 | 11/17/2016
Pussy Riot

Film Review

A Street Cat Named Bob

Felines and heroin make for an odd mix in feel-good British drama

Felines and heroin make for an odd mix in this feel-good British drama.
V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016
Moonlight

Film Review

Moonlight

Somber, poetic look at inner-city manhood ponders multiple questions of identity

Alternately easygoing and hard-hitting, Moonlight is a poignant and ultimately hopeful look at what it means—and what it takes—to be a man in modern-day America.
V.25 No.44 | 11/3/2016
Certain Women

Film Review

Certain Women

Kelly Reichardt gets quiet in Montana with an incredible cast

Indie film storyteller Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) offers up another of her slow, contemplative character studies in the minimalist, female-centric drama Certain Women.

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V.25 No.42 | 10/20/2016
Long Way North

Film Review

Long Way North

Old-fashioned adventure yarn is an animated delight

The old-fashioned adventure yarn, Long Way North, is an animated delight, writes Alibi film critic Devin O’Leary.
V.25 No.41 | 10/13/2016
We Are Young. We Are Strong.

Film Review

We Are Young. We Are Strong.

German drama about immigration and xenophobia hits home

German drama about immigration and xenophobia hits home.
V.25 No.40 | 10/6/2016
Godzilla

Film Review

Shin Godzilla (Godzilla: Resurgence)

Godzilla raids again in muscular Japanese reboot

Godzilla raids again in a muscular Japanese reboot.
V.25 No.39 | 9/29/2016
Queen of Katwe

Film Review

Queen of Katwe

Unfamiliar setting and offbeat subject make this sporting drama better than much of its competition

An unfamiliar setting and offbeat subject make this sporting drama better than much of its competition.
V.25 No.38 | 9/22/2016
Max Rose

Film Review

Max Rose

Sad drama about death and regret adds a modest capper to its star’s long career

Sad drama about death and regret adds a modest capper to its star’s long career.
V.25 No.37 | 9/15/2016
“No. I have never played Pokémon GO.”

Film Review

Snowden

Oliver Stone’s high-tech muckraker makes a solid, one-sided argument

Stone’s film is more or less a dramatization of Laura Poitras’ documentary/interview Citizenfour, but Stone fails to remember that uncertainty is the key to suspense.
 

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