Waterlogged
Posted 2 days ago

Liam Neeson plays 'Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House' in a cold, soulless D.C. performance.

Neeson Waterlogged as ‘Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House’
Human Slow
Posted 3 days ago

Unfocused, indulgent, and scattered, Human Flow, opening at the Tivoli Friday, doesn’t know what it wants to be, and has an even more difficult time trying to figure out what…

‘HUMAN FLOW’ CAN’T GET ON WITH THE SHOW
A+ Family Dysfunction
Posted 4 days ago

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) returns to the artistic-cultural NYC world explored in Baumbach’s last two NYC dramedies, What is remarkable in this script is how much sympathy Baumbach…

Familiar Familial Territory Proves Incisive Again for Baumbach
Brawl to Remember
Posted 8 days ago

With its mix of shocking violence and affecting drama, Brawl in Cell Block 99 pushes the prison movie genre to new heights.

‘Brawl in Cell Block 99′ is Brutal Fun
Timely M.F.A.
Posted 8 days ago

An art student taps into a rich source of creative inspiration after the accidental slaughter of her rapist. An unlikely vigilante emerges, set out to avenge college girls whose attackers…

‘M.F.A.’ Not an Easy Watch, Needs to Be Seen
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13th Century Story Gets 21st Century Treatment in ‘Pilgrimage’

by Warren Cantrell August 11, 2017 Print Reviews
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Pilgrimage does a fine job side-stepping expectations and injects some 21st century life into a 13th century story.

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Criterion restores lost classic ‘The Breaking Point’ on Blu-ray

by Eric Melin August 10, 2017 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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These features and this restoration of Michael Curtiz’s The Breaking Point make a great case for this overlooked film joining the discussion of classic-era Hollywood all-timers.

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EMOTIONAL AFTERSHOCKS ABOUND IN ‘AFTER LOVE’

by Warren Cantrell August 9, 2017 Print Reviews
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After Love transcends culture and language to tell a story that is as universal as the very concept of love itself. Come for the drama, stay for the humanity: it’s worth it.

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‘Detroit’ reflects our country’s racial divide

by Tim English August 4, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘Detroit’ is a good film that relays an important story that sadly hammers home how little things have change and how far we have to in our battle with racism. Playing out like an expensive reenactment of the tragedy, though, it feels like there is too much story for a feature film.

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‘LANDLINE’ FAILS TO CONNECT

by Warren Cantrell August 4, 2017 Print Reviews
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For non-New Yorkers looking for something more than just a car-wash-style march through the sitcom talking points of young adulthood and infidelity, ‘Landline’ might come off as somewhat lacking.

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‘FUN MOM DINNER’ SERVES UP THE LAUGHS

by Warren Cantrell August 4, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘Fun Mom Dinner’ knows what it wants to do, and goes after it with a fearless attitude and hard-R-rating sensibilities.

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Criterion Blu-ray Illuminates Tarkvoksy’s Challenging, Deliberate ‘Stalker’

by Eric Melin July 28, 2017 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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Stalker, released originally in 1979, is a challenging piece of cinema. It’s a lengthy, talky quest for meaning, punctuated by long takes and huge moments of silence.

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‘Atomic Blonde’ Let Down by Script

by Eric Melin July 28, 2017 Print Reviews
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Atomic Blonde’s script, adapted from a graphic novel, is too clever for its own good, with twists that are obvious from the get-go, and a whole lot of misplaced sympathy that its characters never earn.

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‘Dunkirk’: Visually stunning, emotionally empty

by Tim English July 21, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘Dunkirk’ is an amazing visual achievement but feels as void of heart and character as it is full of filmmaking craftsmanship.

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‘SCORE: A Film Music Documentary’ hits the right notes

by Joe Jarosz July 21, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘SCORE: A Film Music Documentary’ opens at Screenland at Tapcade today. This is a full, encompassing look at film scores, starting with the beginning of film and organists in the theaters to modern-day movies and the full orchestras they incorporate.

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More than just ‘Footnotes’

by Joe Jarosz July 14, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘Footnotes’ is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie, a young woman struggling to make ends meet in France’s radically changing economy.

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is the crown jewel of the remake trilogy

by Tim English July 14, 2017 Print Reviews
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[Rating: Rock Fist Way Up] Director Matt Reeves has done something truly spectacular with War for the Planet of the Apes. The third (and final?) installment in this reboot series is not only an emotionally dour thrill ride, but has once again highlighted the brilliance of Andy Serkis, whose performance as Ape leader Caesar proves [...]

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New Criterion Blu-ray of ‘Straw Dogs’ Proof of Cinema’s Enduring Relevance

by Eric Melin July 10, 2017 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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[Rating: Solid Rock Fist Up] Culture is always evolving. As the times change, so do attitudes. Sure, you can read all about the post-60s sexual revolution hangover, but what better way to experience this pivotal moment in time (or any, for that matter) than through something that was made in that moment? Something that gives [...]

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‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ almost the Spidey flick we deserve

by Tim English July 8, 2017 Print Reviews
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Spider-Man Homecoming is a fun and exciting addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a performance by Tom Holland that captures the web head perfectly.

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Nicholas Ray’s debut ‘They Live By Night’ impresses on Criterion Blu-ray

by Eric Melin July 8, 2017 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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Nicholas Ray would go on to make In a Lonely Place, Johnny Guitar, and most famously, A Rebel Without A Cause. The new Criterion Blu-ray of They Live by Night proves that his filmmaking was assured and iconoclastic right from the beginning.

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