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Extravagant, indulgent and somehow perfect: we’re truly in the ‘endgame’ now

“Because if we can’t protect the earth, you can be damn well sure we’ll avenge it.” So said Tony Stark to a petulant demigod seven years ago—and with the release of “Avengers: Endgame,” that day… Read More...

For ‘Gloria Bell,’ Coming-of-Age is a Constant

We never quite finish growing up, so it makes sense that the coming-of-age honchos at A24 would eventually finance a movie like “Gloria Bell.” After all, this is the same studio that brought us “Moonlight,”“Lady… Read More...

‘Shazam:’ the importance of being earnest

“Shazam” starts off like so many superhero movies: an over-the-top prologue, an average chase sequence—you get the picture. But about 15 minutes in, something changes. After getting kicked out of multiple group homes, Billy Batson… Read More...

Gaspar Noe’s Pulsing, Claustrophobic ‘Climax’ is a Bottled Anxiety Attack

So the first time I saw “Climax,” I had an anxiety attack. From what I understand, you’re not supposed to take a drug like LSD solo, and I’d say the same goes for seeing this… Read More...

In “Us,” Jordan Peele Unleashes His Apocalyptic Pessimism

Few endings are as gratifying as the conclusion of “Get Out.” Our hero, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) finally, well, gets out (with some unexpected help from a friend). But this crowd-pleasing closure was writer/director Jordan Peele’s… Read More...

‘Captain Marvel’ review: one small step…

After 20(!) feature films, it’s fair to say that the Marvel movies have a certain rhythm. These things tend to find their footing around the second act, as the action, characters and humor all coalesce… Read More...

Unstuck from time and self, ‘Transit’ demands your attention

There’s an espresso machine in the first shot of “Transit.” It’s not an especially fancy espresso machine, an average appliance you’d expect in any modern café. But protagonist Georg (Franz Ragowski) isn’t having coffee in… Read More...

Turns out some good stuff has snuck onto Netflix

Let’s face it: There’s a lot of crap on Netflix. On the level playing field of auto-playing thumbnails, it can be difficult to tell the good stuff from the bad. Netflix doesn’t care if you… Read More...

‘Greenbook,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and leaving the Oscars behind

On March 4, 2018, “Get Out” won an Oscar. This was an enormous victory. Writer/director Jordan Peele walked away with the golden statue for Best Original Screenplay, awarding his work on a horror movie, a… Read More...

Alas, ‘Glass’ disappoints

How did we get here? Nineteen years ago, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan made “Unbreakable,” a nifty little deconstruction of the superhero genre starring Bruce Willis as David Dunn, a quietly indestructible man. The film concluded… Read More...
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