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Glenn Heath Jr.

Phantom Thread (opening Jan. 19) rarely rushes this process. It is a slow burn of comeuppance, eventually reaching the diabolical equivalent of emotional harmony. more

Jan 17, 2018 10:32 AM Film

To paraphrase the D.H. Lawrence quote that begins Hostiles, something deep within the American soul enables us to kill effortlessly without pause. more

Jan 17, 2018 10:20 AM Film

Small pockets of resistance, of which journalists are part and parcel, are the key to The Post’s thematic intent. more

Jan 9, 2018 3:27 PM Film

The two villains in Paddington 2—Hugh Grant’s split personality thespian and Peter Capaldi’s neighborhood racist—represent flipsides of the isolationist dogma. more

Jan 9, 2018 3:17 PM Film

Looking ahead through April, there are more than a few upcoming film releases worthy of your attention and consideration more

Jan 2, 2018 12:37 PM Film

When historians look back on the last calendar year, let’s hope they question how anyone of sound mind could have survived such a relentless onslaught of cynicism, negativity, noise, anger and misinformation. more

Dec 26, 2017 1:27 PM Film

DOWNSIZING

Paramount Pictures

Downsizing (opening Dec. 22) is both ambitious and fundamentally problematic. Caricature of minority characters and low emotional stakes keep it from being a powerful apocalyptic allegory. more

Dec 20, 2017 3:28 PM Film

Set in Northern Italy during the summer of 1983, the film embeds itself in the clammy villa property of Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg), his wife Annella (Amira Casar) and their 17-year-old son Elio (Timothée Chalamet). more

Dec 19, 2017 4:00 PM Film

What sustains a resistance? The Star Wars franchise has spent nearly four decades tip-toeing around the ideological complexities of this question. more

Dec 12, 2017 3:52 PM Film

Oldman’s overly method performance oscillates between two stock positions: grumpy pragmatist and impassioned hard ass. more

Dec 12, 2017 3:38 PM Film

Guillermo del Toro’s gothic fairy tales tend to examine memory and trauma through the lens of historical periods ripe with fascist threat. more

Dec 5, 2017 3:36 PM Film

Thelma, opening Friday, Dec. 1, at Angelika Film Centers in Carmel Mountain, has all the makings of a nasty revenge classic. But it’s often inert and repetitive, reveling in formalism rather than expressing the emotional power of key moments. more

Nov 28, 2017 4:46 PM Film

Roman J. Israel Esq.

Glen Wilson

In Roman J. Israel, Esq., the path toward righteous change does not go through revenge but through protest. more

Nov 28, 2017 4:35 PM Film

Martin McDonagh’s scathing and bleak dark comedy gives the aggrieved mother a strong platform to go nuclear on male-dominated institutions that have helped fortify systemic racism and gender inequality in her rural town. more

Nov 21, 2017 1:30 PM Film

The entire voice cast, which includes Gael García Bernal and Edward James Olmos in key roles, is made up of Latino performers who’ve often been relegated to one-dimensional supporting roles in previous Hollywood films. more

Nov 21, 2017 1:24 PM Film

BPM (Beats Per Minute)’s title refers to the measurable speed of a pumping heart, but this is no Oscar-bait medical tragedy or unfeeling social justice exposé more

Nov 14, 2017 12:43 PM Film

Over a year’s time, Lady Bird faithfully depicts a flurry of potent life experiences involving friendship, family and sex, creating something akin to a heightened pubescent momentum. more

Nov 14, 2017 12:26 PM Film

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WILSON WEBB

Without depicting combat, Last Flag Flying, which opens Friday, Nov. 10, examines the immeasurable personal cost of war at the human level. more

Nov 7, 2017 4:17 PM Film

The Square, which opens Friday, Nov. 17, is often humorless and just as arrogant as its lead character. more

Nov 7, 2017 4:09 PM Film

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Myles Aronowitz

Wonderstruck also pays homage to the curator’s role, and it will automatically appeal to anyone who’s found personal fulfillment through the art of collecting and displaying. more

Oct 31, 2017 3:16 PM Film

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