American Fiction

This wicked satire from first-time feature writer/director Cord Jefferson is a scathing and hilarious commentary on white America’s stereotype-fueled image of African Americans and also an absolute tour de force for Jeffrey Wright in his best performance to date. He stars as author ‘Monk’ Ellison, who, after years of earning […]

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Maestro

Bradley Cooper co-wrote, directed, and stars in this look at the life of the great composer Leonard Bernstein, particularly his relationship with wife Felicia Montealegre (Carey Mulligan). While it does little to examine (or educate us about) Bernstein’s immeasurable cultural impact—‘West Side Story’, for example, is barely mentioned in passing—it […]

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Leave the World Behind

Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke star as a married couple taking the family on vacation to a rental on Long Island in the latest from director Sam Esmail (TV’s ‘Mr. Robot’), which takes a straightforward premise and turns it on its head to become a gripping apocalyptic film. Following a […]

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May December

The latest from director Todd Haynes (‘Carol’, ‘Far From Heaven’) is a dark and twisted bit of mind-bendy creepiness that provides stars Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore with plenty of room to strut their best-in-the-business stuff. Moore is Gracie, a woman (based on Mary Kay Letourneau) who had an affair […]

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David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived

This powerful, heartbreaking (and ultimately heartwarming) documentary tells the story of the young man who served as Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double throughout the entire ‘Harry Potter’ film franchise until a freak on-set accident left him paralyzed at age 26. Holmes and Radcliffe have remained fast friends, and the star offers […]

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Killers of the Flower Moon

Martin Scorsese’s sixth feature film with Leonardo DiCaprio (and his tenth with Robert De Niro) is a grand, sweeping epic about the plight of indigenous peoples in 1920s Oklahoma; when oil is discovered on Native land, a string of murders in the Osage community follows closely behind. DiCaprio leads the […]

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Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour

It was (and continues to be) the concert event of the year (decade? ever?). Yes, it’s Taylor’s world right now, and the Eras Tour film cements that fact firmly in the pop culture zeitgeist. The almost three-hour experience showcases the singer as a true tour de force, from the hard-hitting […]

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Last Stop Larrimah

Investigating the 2017 disappearance (and suspected murder) of a man and his dog from an 11-person town in the far reaches of Northern Territory, Australia, this documentary will suck you in from the start and just gets crazier from there. First-time filmmaker Thomas Tancred has taken what’s already a fascinating […]

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Ballerina

This super-taut and lightning-fast action flick from South Korea is a worthy complement to ‘John Wick’, starring Jeon Jong-seo as a one-woman killing machine out to avenge the death of her best friend. Director Lee Chung-hyun has put together a present-day feast of eye and mind candy with a slick, […]

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The Caine Mutiny Court Martial

The swan song of noted director William Friedkin is a fitting and memorable send-off from a man who loved telling stripped-down stories about complex people. Based on Herman Wouk’s famous play, the film is as bare-bones as can be—set entirely in one room with no frills and not a word […]

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