The Quiet Girl

Sparse on dialogue and even more sparse on veritable plot points, ‘An Cailín Ciúin’ (in its original Irish) is a bonafide multiple-tissue weepie about the heartbreaking things some children have to endure. A beautiful and subtly powerful film by writer-director Colm Bairéad, it stars young Catherine Clinch (in her debut) […]

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

It seems rather poetic (or maybe just coincidental) that one of the worst movies of the year and one of the best are both riffs on the age-old tale of the wooden boy with the nose that grows. While the Robert Zemeckis-directed dud with Tom Hanks was a ridiculous disappointment, […]

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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Based in the same world as ‘Knives Out’ but with Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc as the only connecting thread, this fantastic whodunnit stars Ed Norton, Kate Hudson, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Dave Bautista, and more. Just as good as (if not better than) the original, writer-director Rian Johnson’s mystery not […]

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Spirited

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be another way to give ‘A Christmas Carol’ a new spin, along comes this hilarious and clever musical effort from ‘We’re the Millers’ scribe Sean Anders, who directed and co-wrote. Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell have infectious and palpable buckets of fun singing […]

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Slumberland

Based on the century-old comic strip ‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’, this fantastical (and fantastic), wildly inventive ride from director Francis Lawrence (‘Water for Elephants’, ‘The Hunger Games’) is a visual treat, chock-full of marvelous visual effects, but it’s also a thrilling and heartfelt story about a young, orphaned girl who […]

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Director (and co-writer) Ryan Coogler’s follow-up to the 2018 Marvel masterpiece may not be quite as spectacular as the original—the gaping hole left by Chadwick Boseman’s passing is palpable—but it still emerges as one of the better Marvel entries of the past decade. Letitia Wright (Shuri), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), and […]

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Capturing the Killer Nurse

Hot on the heels of ‘The Good Nurse’—the solid Netflix dramatization of the Charles Cullen murders—this documentary introduces us to the real people involved in the horrifying story. Director Tim Travers Hawkins pulls together all the key figures, including whistleblower nurse Amy Loughren, the investigators, and even recordings of Cullen […]

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Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me

This raw, emotional, and important documentary from the pop culture icon is not a concert film, not a rags-to-riches story, and not a self-congratulatory bit of fluff. What it is, though, is a powerful introspection that examines her mental and physical health, including her bipolar diagnosis and struggles with lupus. […]

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The Stranger

Based loosely on the true story of the hunt for the man who abducted and murdered a young Australian boy in 2003, this dark, atmospheric suspense flick from director Thomas M. Wright is instantly reminiscent of Denis Villeneuve’s brilliant 2013 film ‘Prisoners’. Sean Harris stars as the suspect, and Joel […]

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Tár

In his 20-year career behind the camera, Todd Field has written and directed the excellent films ‘In the Bedroom’, ‘Little Children’, and now the equally (if not more) stunning ‘Tár’. Each is arguably better than the other (though all are as first-rate as they come). Perhaps everything has just been […]

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