Lou

At its core, ‘Lou’ is a simple cat-and-mouse caper, but in the hands of director Anna Foerster and a solid cast—including Allison Janney, Jurnee Smollett, and Logan Marshall-Green—it rises above expectations to arrive as a sufficiently white-knuckle thriller. It’s not often that a 60-year-old woman leads the show in a […]

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Bullet Train

Brad Pitt stars as a top-of-his-game hitman in this ultra-violent caper that plays out largely in real time on board a bullet train headed from Tokyo to Kyoto. Directed by David Leitch (‘John Wick’), it’s a mile-a-minute thriller that includes ample sprinklings of much-needed humor along with killer (ba-dum-dum) performances […]

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Wedding Season

This charming little Ron Howard-produced rom-com stars Suraj Sharma and Pallavi Sharda as a young Indian couple who fake a relationship to avoid scrutiny from their meddling relatives, and, naturally, they wind up falling for each other. There’s nothing new plot-wise here at any point, but the film still succeeds, […]

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Vengeance

Written and directed by B.J. Novak, this gritty crime drama centers on a liberal, big-city podcast host who travels to West Texas to investigate the death of a former one-night stand. It’s a funny and sharp satire mixed set against the background of a bleak, Taylor Sheridan-esque landscape and puts […]

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Honor Society

It’s not often you get a smart coming-of-age comedy with mature themes, a sophisticated script, and a genuine neck-snapping twist… but here you go. Angourie Rice stars are the fourth-wall-breaking Honor, a go-getter hell-bent on getting into Harvard. All she has to do is sabotage her other top-of-the-classmates to make […]

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Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes

Hot on the heels of HBO’s mind-blowingly fantastic 2019 miniseries about the 1986 nuclear meltdown, this documentary doesn’t offer a whole lot more information, but it does lend a bit more harrowing realism in the sense that we’re seeing the actual people and actual events as they happened. Not for […]

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Hustle

I know, I know… another Adam Sandler Netflix movie, but this one actually has some decent chops and emerges as one of his better movies to date. Playing a burned-out hoops scout, Sandler (who co-produced, alongside LeBron James) stars alongside a bevy of real-life NBA faces in the ‘Rocky’-style story […]

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The Phantom of the Open

Mark Rylance strikes again! The best actor working today stars as real-life dock worker Maurice Flitcroft, who, despite never swinging a golf club in his life, decided one day to just go play in the British Open. Hilarity ensues. Scripted by ‘Paddington 2’ writer Simon Farnaby (there’s your first hint […]

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Small Town Wisconsin

This quiet, generally nuanced, all-the-way-Indie focuses on an alcoholic deadbeat dad trying to get his life together in advance of his ex moving away cross-country with their kid. It’ll never get any attention from anyone but serves as a testament to the ability of great performances and a thoughtful script […]

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Top Gun: Maverick

Not a whole lot of originality went into this thing, but for some reason, it doesn’t really matter. We’re not buying tickets to see deep, nuanced characters and intricate plot development; it’s all about cool people flying fighter jets. And, whoo, does ‘Maverick’ deliver. Cruise is great (as is Miles […]

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