Movie Reviews

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V.27 No.32 | 8/9/2018
Who’s hungry for seafood?

Film Review

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

Film Review

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.
V.27 No.26 | 6/28/2018
The Great Silence
Courtesy of Film Movement

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The Great Silence

Classic Italian Western is restored to its cold, dark glory

Sergio Corbucci's 1968 masterpiece The Great Silence has been digitally restored for its 50th anniversary and it's brutal, uncompromising and visually sweeping.
V.27 No.25 | 6/21/2018
It’s not truly a “heist” until disguises are involved.
Courtesy of The Orchard

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American Animals

Genre-bending crime thriller incorporates documentary techniques in its true(?)-life narrative

American Animals intercuts interview footage of the real-life people behind the story with scripted scenes of the actors portraying them, but subverts the docudrama trappings.
V.27 No.24 | 6/14/2018
Yup, those are mountains, all right.
Greenwich Entertainment

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Mountain

This mountain is certainly high, but not very deep

Australian writer-director Jennifer Peedom’s rather bluntly titled Mountain could have easily expanded its title to Mountains: What Are They, and Why Are They So Popular?
V.27 No.22 | 5/31/2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

The now-divisive franchise has fun with a propulsive prequel

Solo: A Star Wars Story, isn’t (and can’t be) all things to all people, but does just about everything it conceivably can to earn the praise of moviegoers.
V.27 No.21 | 5/24/2018
1945

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1945

Stark drama tackles postwar Europe’s Dirty Little Secret

1945 plays out as an inevitable march toward an unavoidable, dreadful confrontation. A bill is coming due, and there are a lot of people unwilling to pay up.
V.27 No.20 | 5/17/2018
Deadpool 2

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Deadpool 2

The Merc With a Mouth comes again

If you have no idea who freakin’ Shatterstar is, you’re still going to get some rock solid belly laughs out of Deadpool 2, but the deeper your knowledge of early-’90s comic books, the more you’re going to feel fan-serviced.
V.27 No.17 | 4/26/2018
You Were Never Really Here

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You Were Never Really Here

Art house action flick and its main character both feel bad

You Were Never Really Here enters the genre of cathartically violent shoot-’em-up story of emotionally wounded assassins and their doomed betrayers/targets but fails to provide an overall logic to the bloody proceedings.
V.27 No.16 | 4/19/2018
"Ice cream? ... My treat."

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Final Portrait

Artistic biopic revels in surface details

Final Portrait is a microcosmic chamber drama, an old-fashioned two-hander in which two characters meet, interact and part company. It rarely dips below the surface, but—like a great many works of art—it’s a fascinating surface, nonetheless.
V.27 No.15 | 4/12/2018
Back to Burgundy

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Back to Burgundy

Siblings resolve family strife over a glass of wine in a French dramedy that goes down easy, evaporates quickly

Back to Burgundy may not be complex, but the bottle is awfully pretty. Just don’t go into it expecting something other than perfectly palatable table wine.
V.27 No.14 | 4/5/2018
Isle of Dogs

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Isle of Dogs

Meticulously animated feature is a fantastic(al) journey

Akira Kurosawa’s scruffy aesthetic is undoubtedly what’s fueling Isle of Dogs’ creative engines. Feel free to discuss at length—over third wave, cold-brewed coffee, perhaps—whether Wes Anderson’s miniaturization of Japanese culture asks audiences to laugh with or at the stereotypes.