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“Knives Out” Cuts Up the Competition

“Knives Out” Cuts Up the Competition

December 4, 2019

Rian Johnson isn’t exactly known for humor. The anachronistic mix of noir tropes and a contemporary high school setting in “Brick” results in a few amusing moments, but it’s still a bleak film...

“21 Bridges”: A Parable on Corrupt Police Officers

“21 Bridges”: A Parable on Corrupt Police Officers

December 4, 2019

You probably recognize the name “21 Bridges” from the 6’ by 3’ promotional posters they’ve managed to plaster up at every other D train stop. That’s not the only way it’s an especially New...

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Captures the Magic of Mister Rogers

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Captures the Magic of Mister Rogers

December 4, 2019

Hollywood is digging up its old heroes — or at least reimagining their classic narratives. The science fiction, superhero and pulp icons of old are being reborn, even if only to get one last dollar out...

“Frozen 2” Remains Magical as Ever

“Frozen 2” Remains Magical as Ever

December 4, 2019

It’s been nearly six years since Disney blockbuster “Frozen” introduced itself to the world, and its highly anticipated sequel was finally released on Nov. 22. While the first movie tied up its ending...

A “Victorious” Return of a Nickelodeon Classic

A “Victorious” Return of a Nickelodeon Classic

November 20, 2019

It has been nearly seven years since the iconic program “Victorious” concluded its run on Nickelodeon, and millions have longed for its return ever since. To the joy of many, in early November,...

Rewind the 2010s: Streaming Changes the Game

Rewind the 2010s: Streaming Changes the Game

November 20, 2019

What TV often fails to include in political dramas is not hypocrisy, but rather the ridiculousness of it all.

“Marriage Story”: A Glimpse into Divorce’s Painful Ambivalence

“Marriage Story”: A Glimpse into Divorce’s Painful Ambivalence

November 20, 2019

There are three scenes in “Marriage Story” that feature some of the most dynamic acting in film this year, probably the last several years. The first is when Nicole Barber (Scarlett Johansson) explains...

“The Irishman” Cements Scorsese’s Legacy

“The Irishman” Cements Scorsese’s Legacy

November 13, 2019

“The Irishman” is the newest film by veteran director Martin Scorcese, adapted from the discredited book “I Heard You Paint Houses.” While “The Irishman” isn’t Scorcese’s best work, it...

“Harriet” Paints Image of Bravery and Perseverance

“Harriet” Paints Image of Bravery and Perseverance

November 6, 2019

With Harriet Tubman under consideration to be featured on the 20-dollar bill and audiences celebrating increased representation of people of color in films such as "Get Out" (2017), "Black Panther" (2018) and "Us" (2019), "Harriet" provides viewers with another opportunity to celebrate African American history. 

“Motherless Brooklyn” Stumbles to Success

“Motherless Brooklyn” Stumbles to Success

November 6, 2019

“Motherless Brooklyn” is really two movies in one. The first, a character-drama of private eyes and high-powered robbers, an assortment of colorful city-dwellers. The second, an almost documentary-like...

The Maddeningly Mystical Genius of “The Lighthouse”

The Maddeningly Mystical Genius of “The Lighthouse”

November 6, 2019

Editor’s note: Spoiler warning. When someone told me the best movie of the year was a 35mm black-and-white film detailing the complicated relationship of two men in a lighthouse, I thought they wer...

Rewind the 2010s: Best Movies of the Decade

Rewind the 2010s: Best Movies of the Decade

November 6, 2019

“Inside Out” (2015) Set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl whose five personified emotions — fear, anger, joy, disgust and sadness — guide her through life, “Inside Out” centers around...

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