Causes Noble and Lost

Causes Noble and Lost

Replicas and On the Basis of Sex

(January 17, 2019) Reviews REPLICAS. It's been awhile since I've done this so I hope I can be forgiven for a degree of indelicacy, as the muscles may have atrophied: This movie sucks....

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Burning Secrets

Shoplifters and Burning

(January 10, 2019) Reviews In the gradual but somehow instantaneous acceleration of time, wherein it seems to expand and contract with no regard for our pleas and protestations, I have found my movie-nerdiness...

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To Look upon Monsters

The respective horrors of Vice and Bird Box

(January 3, 2019) Reviews First, a few words on Welcome to Marwen, which I have not seen and do not intend to. When trailers began to appear months ago, touting it as the...

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Stand-out Movies of 2018

And a toast to the end of empire

(December 27, 2018) Reviews I've been burning down what little is left of 2018, using ethanol for an accelerant as is my wont. But I've also, after all this time, been watching The...

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Sticking to the Story

The Mule, Green Book and Roma

(December 20, 2018) The Mule Reviews THE MULE. Because he works so much — with no indication of flagging now — Clint Eastwood's name comes up a lot in this column. I'll spare...

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Dark Horror, White Christmas

Cam and The Christmas Chronicles

(December 6, 2018) Reviews CAM. As excited and outspoken as I've been in recent years about contemporary horror movies, the genre's groundswell of creativity and renewed excitement at the theatrical experience, this weekend...

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Settling Debts

Widows and Creed 2

(November 29, 2018) Reviews WIDOWS. When an artist arrives at a mastery of his or her form, the resulting work sometimes also highlights the masterful efforts of fellow contributors. This is truer in...

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Tragedy and Misanthropy

Boy Erased and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

(November 22, 2018) Reviews Sharp-eyed readers will likely note the absence of a review of Widows, Steve McQueen's heist movie, which also appears, from this distance, to be something of a feminist call...

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An Unexpected Crime Thriller

And the horror of war as a horror movie

(November 15, 2018) Reviews CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? is based on the autobiography by Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a real-life biographer who began writing magazine profiles for the likes of Katharine Hepburn...

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The Boys and the Band

Beautiful Boy and Bohemian Rhapsody

(November 8, 2018) Reviews BEAUTIFUL BOY. The truism that addiction is no laughing matter is apparently and unfortunately not lost on concurrent father and son memoirists David and Nic Sheff, nor on Luke...

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An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

(November 1, 2018) Reviews AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN. Some screenwriters write a script for a specific actor. Wes Anderson famously wrote Royal Tenenbaum for Gene Hackman and had to cajole the...

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Sharper than Ever

Halloween and The Sisters Brothers

(October 25, 2018) Previews HALLOWEEN. John Carpenter remains one of the largely unsung heroes of 20th century American popular cinema, whose work is more influential than widely discussed and almost a genre...

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First Man Misses its Moonshot

El Royale overstays its welcome

(October 18, 2018) Previews FIRST MAN. "Hey Girl" memes and references to The Notebook (2004) aside, Ryan Gosling has become one of the most versatile, self-challenging leading men in Hollywood, with a constantly...

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Venom Has Teeth

And A Star is Born shines

(October 11, 2018) Reviews VENOM. As much as I am loath to describe and discuss yet another Marvel movie (where are the emojis on this thing?), I admit a sense of morbid curiosity...

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Long Nights

Night School and Hold the Dark

(October 4, 2018) Reviews NIGHT SCHOOL. Kevin Hart, like his frequent costar Dwayne Johnson, lives by hustle. One of the biggest stand-up comics in the world, he came by it honestly, after decades...

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No Filter

Assassination Nation and We the Animals

(September 27, 2018) ASSASSINATION NATION. This far into our waking national nightmare, when hours seem like days and each sunrise reveals more desperate attempts to hamper or undo the personal, social and legal...

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