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“Doctor Strange” Is a Magical Mystery Tour

But don’t expect it to abandon the Marvel formula.

November 07, 2016
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A Little Bit of Everything: “The Handmaiden” Offers Gothic Romance, Horror, Comedy, and More

The “Stoker” director returns with a complex, compelling (and carnal) genre tour.

October 21, 2016

Marvel’s Luke Cage

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Sweet Christmas! “Luke Cage” Is Perfect

Netflix’s latest foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a high point for both the streaming service and the MCU as a whole.

October 03, 2016
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“Basic Witch”: Just in Time for Pumpkin Spice Season, a Perfectly Acceptable “Blair Witch Project” Sequel

Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard’s sequel does right by the 1999 original, but doesn’t go much farther.

September 19, 2016

Suicide Squad photo / photo by Clay Enos / Warner Brothers

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Suicide Squat: DC Takes Another Dump

“Suicide Squad”‘s casting and budget can’t make up for a lack of story and emotional depth.

August 08, 2016

Ghostbusters promo still. Courtesy Sony Pictures

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The “Ghostbusters” Reboot Has Spirit (And a Bit of Slime, Too)

The issue of treading on hallowed ground aside, Paul Feig’s latest delivers exactly what it promises.

July 15, 2016
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The House that Marvel Built: “Captain America: Civil War” has a Solid Foundation

It’s not a Cap vs. Iron Man world after all.

May 09, 2016

Key and Peele “Keanu”

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’Nu Kids on the Block: Key and Peele Make Their Silver Screen Debut with “Keanu”

The first film offering from one of the best comedic duos of the past decade is a victim of its own format.

May 03, 2016

Everybody Wants Some

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“Everybody Wants Some” Freedom, Everybody Gets Some Responsibility

Richard Linklater comes home again.

April 12, 2016

Ethan Hawke “Born to Be Blue”

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Close Enough for Jazz: Ethan Hawke Channels Chet Baker in “Born to Be Blue”

Robert Budreau’s biopic is a love story of a different kind.

April 01, 2016

Deadpool / photo courtesy Twentieth Century Fox

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The Dream of the ’90s is Not Alive in “Deadpool”

Director Tim Miller grounds dated violence and lowbrow humor in a thoroughly modern world.

February 17, 2016

Steve Carell in The Big Short

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“The Big Short”: Big on Entertainment, Short on Flaws

Adam McKay lightens dense subject matter with his comedic sensibilities.

December 17, 2015

Bryan Cranston in Trumbo

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“Trumbo” Brings Fun to “Hollywood on Hollywood”

The screenwriter biopic continues the grand tradition of Tinseltown tooting its own horn but ditches the self-importance.

November 16, 2015

Spectre trailer screengrab

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“Spectre” Revokes Bond’s License to Thrill

Mendes and Craig phone in the “Skyfall” follow-up.

November 10, 2015

Crimson Peak trailer screengrab

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A Story With Ghosts In It: “Crimson Peak” is Low-Altitude Horror

Guillermo del Toro’s gothic haunted house flick is more dead than alive.

October 23, 2015

Sicario trailer screengrab

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Taking Sides in “Sicario”

Denis Villeneuve’s attempt to stay neutral hurts an otherwise great film.

September 24, 2015

2015. “The Visit” trailer

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A Shyama-Long Time Coming

“The Visit” is M. Night Shyamalan’s best film in fifteen years.

September 16, 2015

The Man from UNCLE screen grab

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The Bore from “U.N.C.L.E.”

Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of 1960s television show “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” falls flat.

August 17, 2015

Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel in “The End of the Tour”

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“Tour” de Force

“The End of the Tour” honors David Foster Wallace by making him feel like a real person.

August 05, 2015

Paul Rudd in Ant-Man

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The Wright Stuff: Marvel’s “Ant-Man”

Low on action and high on exposition, Marvel’s Ant-Man is pretty much the antithesis of Avengers: Age of Ultron; tone-wise,…

July 21, 2015

Still from Dope trailer

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“Dope” Brings the Noise

Rick Famuyiwa’s music-fueled indie drug comedy hits all the right notes.

June 22, 2015

Taylor Schilling in season 3 of Orange is the New Black

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“Orange is the New Black” Drops the Soap

Season three finds the Netflix original ditching the daytime TV melodrama and finally hitting its stride.

June 16, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron poster crop

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“Avengers” Re-Assembled

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” entertains, but stays the familiar course set by the unstoppable MCU.

May 05, 2015

Charlie Cox stars in the Netflix Original Series “Marvel’s Daredevil.” Photo: Courtesy of Netflix © 2014 Netflix, Inc. All Rights…

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“Daredevil”’s Advocate

Netflix’s “Daredevil” series takes from the best of the character’s comic book canon, featuring fantastic performances by Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio, for Marvel’s darkest offering yet.

April 17, 2015
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LIVE: Beat This: Hal Willner Presents: A Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” With Music, Words, and Funny People at the Theater at the Ace Hotel (4/7/15)

Nick Cave, Lucinda Williams, Van Dyke Parks, and others came together to celebrate Ginsberg’s legacy and raise funds for the David Lynch Foundation.

April 10, 2015

Kumiko The Treasure Hunter/ photo courtesy of Sean Porter/Amplify

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One Man’s (Buried) Cash Is Another Girl’s Treasure: “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”

The Zellner brothers’ darkly funny Coen “tribute” plays with truth and fiction and strikes gold.

March 26, 2015