The Princess (documentary)

She was one of the most recognized faces in the world and lived perhaps the most-ever scrutinized life, so you would think there wouldn’t be much left to be discovered about Princess Diana. You would be wrong. Director Ed Perkins’ fascinating narrator-less documentary tracks her existence from the beginning of […]

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Thirteen Lives

Director Ron Howard’s dramatization of the incredible 2018 Thai cave rescue comes hot on the heels of last fall’s superb documentary ‘The Rescue’. Here, Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton star as the rescue divers, and it remains a harrowing, edge-of-your-seat thriller…which is quite the testament, since the whole […]

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George Carlin’s American Dream

Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio directed this two-part, all-encompassing documentary about the life and times of arguably America’s greatest stand-up comic. Folks who only know about the Hippy Dippy Weatherman or ‘Jammin’ in New York’ will get quite the education, and life-long fans will get a heavy dose of context. […]

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Downton Abbey: A New Era

I’m still not (and may never be) sure how Julian Fellowes can deftly balance 137 different characters and almost as many storylines over the course of two hours, but dammit if the second ‘Downton’ feature doesn’t top even the first film (and maybe the series as a whole). It’s a […]

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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Nicolas Cage is Nicolas Cage in this ultra-meta action-comedy about a burned-out actor, a Spanish superfan, and a kidnapped teen being held by arms traffickers. Credit to co-writer and director Tom Gormican for somehow pulling all the madness together in a ridiculously fun, tongue-in-cheek helluva good time. Cage is all […]

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Everything Everywhere All At Once

Sit down, strap in, and brace yourself for an acid-trip thrill ride like you’ve never seen before. Written and directed by Daniels (Kwan and Scheinert), the film defies explanation or description—so let’s just go with… “Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) discovers she has superpowers and ventures into a multi-verse to battle evil.” […]

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The Duke

Jim Broadbent is flat-out stellar in this brilliant, supremely entertaining retelling of the famous 1961 case of the elderly British man who stole Goya’s ‘Portrait of the Duke of Wellington’ from the National Museum in order to raise money for charity. Directed by the late Roger Michell (‘Notting Hill’) and […]

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Turning Red

Pixar’s 25th film keeps its incredible streak going, following up ‘Soul’ and ‘Luca’ with a magical story of a young Asian-American girl who’s cursed to become a giant red panda every time her emotions get the better of her. What could have been a silly, slapstick comedy instead fills the […]

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Nightmare Alley

Guillermo del Toro adapted and directed this beautiful, twisted, and tragic story about a carny (Bradley Cooper) who wows crowds with his mentalist act. Things slowly start to go off the rails, though, once he meets up with skeptic Lilith (Cate Blanchett). It’s a sumptuous epic full of bizarre, colorful […]

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The Lost Daughter

Olivia Colman continues to prove herself among the best contemporary actors in this mind-melting drama based on the best-selling novel about a woman coming to grips with her past. Adapted and directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, ‘Daughter’ is not only a showcase for the talents of all involved (including Dakota Johnson, […]

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