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Glenn Heath Jr.

Slack Bay’s batshit, levitation-heavy ending produces a faux-sense of culmination that easily splinters the plot across family lines. more

May 23, 2017 5:09 PM Film

Elián González could have easily been just another body floating off the coast of Florida, the latest casualty in the United States’ failing foreign policy toward Cuba. more

May 23, 2017 5:03 PM Film

ALIEN: COVENANT

Photo Credit: Mark Rogers

If love and faith are weaknesses in the Alien franchise, they have remained essential factors differentiating human from monster. Alien: Covenant, however, offers an altogether bleaker view of things. more

May 16, 2017 5:44 PM Film

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Robb Rosenfeld

Most films see the end of a marriage as an opportunity for spectacle. The Lovers depicts this process in laborious and meticulous detail. more

May 16, 2017 5:30 PM Film

As an origin story, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword begins promisingly enough, mixing smart aleck comedy with quick-witted action to establish Arthur’s streetwise upbringing and blue-collar influences. more

May 9, 2017 6:00 PM Film

Beginning in 2011 with the United States diplomatic cables leak, Risk haphazardly tries to be both breaking news source and intimate exposé, examining the rising infamy of Assange as both a proponent for free information and social pariah. more

May 9, 2017 5:45 PM Film

With A Quiet Passion, British director Terence Davies constructs a calmly defiant biopic that refuses to indulge the genre’s worst impulses and conventions. more

May 2, 2017 5:01 PM Film

At one point, Paul whines that, “history is either a lie or a bore.” The Dinner manages to be both at the same time. more

May 2, 2017 4:44 PM Film

If high school is usually a tableau made up of pure surface, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea inverts things to see what lies beneath angsty teenage showmanship. more

Apr 25, 2017 3:17 PM Film

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Aidan Monaghan

The Lost City of Z portrays a good man who decides that honoring this sentiment is paramount to family and country. One could label this a selfish choice. But it remains the only one imaginable for someone so thoroughly enamored with transcendence. more

Apr 18, 2017 3:42 PM Film

When Finding Oscar finally gets around to finding Oscar, the man’s natural confusion and anger are quickly brushed aside. more

Apr 18, 2017 3:13 PM Film

Even more troubling is the tacked on feminist ending, which reinforces the film’s “flexible outlook” toward violence that Hammer’s character promotes right before the first round is discharged. more

Apr 18, 2017 2:30 PM Film

There hasn’t been much local programming that has dealt with female experiences and representation on screen. This drought makes the Museum of Photographic Arts’ “Aging Women in Film” series a welcome addition to the pre-Summer arts calendar. more

Apr 11, 2017 3:50 PM Film

If Colossal is ultimately about recognizing your demons and making a change, it can’t quite decide the best route to reach self-empowerment. Tonally, the film is as much a hot mess as Hathaway’s frazzled protagonist. more

Apr 11, 2017 3:29 PM Film

Your Name is mixed bag of bravura style and exhausting storytelling that ultimately cascades toward a familiar conclusion. more

Apr 4, 2017 5:18 PM Film

Mine eventually gets overtly political, connecting Mike’s mental instability and ideological fatigue with the philosophical ramblings of a traumatized local. more

Apr 4, 2017 4:48 PM Film

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Van Redin / Broad Green Pictures

Song to Song, Malick’s monumentally moving new melodrama set against the Austin music scene, shifts focus to examine the beginnings of a modern love story that refuses to be defined by technology or nostalgia. more

Mar 28, 2017 2:43 PM Film

STAYING VERTICAL

THIERRY VALLETOUX

Not since Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman’s Adaptation has a film unpacked the mind of a screenwriter quite like Staying Vertical. more

Mar 28, 2017 2:30 PM Film

Obviously influenced by the visceral grotesqueness of David Cronenberg’s work, Ducournau favors close-ups of tearing skin and flayed flesh to develop its foreboding tone. more

Mar 21, 2017 5:30 PM Film

Lacking in story and stakes, Wilson doesn’t leave much of an impression beyond Harrelson’s charismatic grousing. more

Mar 21, 2017 5:10 PM Film