Reviews

Major Releases
Film Review: The Star

Film Review: The Star

This charming, lovely animated Nativity story from the point of view of the animals associated with the Biblical tale will be a joy to the world of audiences five to eleven.

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Film Review: Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Film Review: Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Contemporary legal drama, emanating both strong retro vibes and timely racial issues, is fueled by another terrific Denzel Washington performance—here a socially inept, financially strapped L.A. lawyer/civil-rights advocate tempted to cross a line.

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Film Review: Justice League

Film Review: Justice League

Ezra Miller as the Flash and Jason Momoa as Aquaman give virtually the only human dimension to a superhero-team movie that's filled with dark spectacle but falls short on emotional depth.

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Film Review: Wonder

Film Review: Wonder

It’s a wonder, all right—a wonder that so many top Hollywood talents would choose to take part in this simple, uplifting children’s story about a ten-year-old boy whose genetic facial deformities make him an object of curiosity and occasional ridicule. And it’s a wonder that their moralizing efforts have paid off so effectively.

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Film Review: Mudbound

Film Review: Mudbound

Another moving production from filmmaker Dee Rees.

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Specialty Releases
Film Review: The Breadwinner

Film Review: The Breadwinner

This beautiful and powerful Afghan-themed story of survival and one little girl’s determination is surely the best animated feature of 2017.

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Film Review: Almost Friends

Film Review: Almost Friends

Just what we need right now: a comedy about a stalker! Thank you, Jake Goldberger, an auteur for our times.

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Film Review: On the Beach at Night Alone

Film Review: On the Beach at Night Alone

Hong Sangsoo’s radiantly funny and accurate depiction of a brokenhearted wanderer finds its perfect interpreter in Kim Minhee, a great Korean actress.

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Film Review: Destined

Film Review: Destined

Tracking one life, on two possible paths, the gloomy drama 'Destined' derails into a rut of self-seriousness.

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Film Review: Mr. Roosevelt

Film Review: Mr. Roosevelt

A larky, loopy coming-of-age story about a passionate, smart and creative millennial who’s startled to discover the life she’s got is not the life she expected. Nothing new here, actually, but in addition to being terribly funny, 'Mr. Roosevelt' feels totally now.

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