Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Disaster Artist
Call Me by Your Name
I, Tonya
Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread 

* * * 1/2 Paul Thomas Anderson’s ravishing Phantom Thread, featuring Daniel Day Lewis as a celebrated 1950s London fashion designer whose world is turned upside down upon the arrival of a new muse, is an exceedingly well-made excursion into the mind of an obsessive undone by, perhaps, an even bigger obsession. In a performance […]

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I, Tonya

I, Tonya 

* * The gauche horror show that is I, Tonya is primarily one of smug condescension. How funny you find this blunt, coercive movie—which, by the way, finds itself a stitch—will determine how much you enjoy movies that revel in contempt. That Margot Robbie—as the titular, would-be Olympic princess who couldn’t overcome her milieu of […]

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Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name 

* * * * The crown movie jewel of 2017, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name is a masterpiece of first love and heartbreak and an immediate classic, one of the best pictures ever made about the coming of age of a teenaged boy and of such ravishing beauty it almost makes your heart […]

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

* * 1/2 A rousing entry in the Star Wars saga, Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is a solid series installment and a tad better follow-up to 2015’s modestly fun J.J. Abrams helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That picture, with its feminist, Luke Skywalker stand-in, played by a scrappy Daisy Ridley, and […]

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The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist 

* * * 1/2 James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is an unexpectedly near-great movie and one of the funniest pictures ever made about the process of making movies. In telling its loopy, endearing tale of ambition minus talent in Hollywood—of which there’s certainly no shortage—it manages to lampoon both moviemaking and the artistic ego, painted as […]

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

* * * * Frances McDormand gives an uncompromising performance in Martin McDonough’s blistering Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a corrosive battle cry of a movie that taps into dual rages—the primal pain of a parent mourning the death of a child and a rising antipathy against incompetent police. It is a movie of immense […]

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Lady Bird

Lady Bird 

* * * * One of the very best movies of 2017, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is quite possibly one of the smartest movies ever made about navigating the thorniness of high school, parents and young adulthood. It’s disarmingly funny—maybe funnier than any movie this year—and deeply observed in its depiction of a mother and daughter […]

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Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express 

** 1/2 If you haven’t seen Sidney Lumet’s 1974 version of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (or read the novel, for that matter), then Kenneth Branagh’s sometimes entertaining new film version may just win you over. It’s a movie with a fine ensemble and enough of a pedigree to satisfy audiences hungry for a […]

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Thank You for Your Service

Thank You for Your Service 

* * * 1/2 The new drama Thank You for Your Service is as powerfully written and acted an examination of the experience war veterans face upon returning home as the movies have seen in ages. It’s also an important one, which sounds perhaps hyperbolic, but it really has something valid on its mind—the drivers […]

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer 

* * Cruelty inflicted as much on the audience as its characters, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is an absurdist nightmare, a morality play lacking any trace of recognizable human behavior and a chore to experience once you realize that director Yorgos Lanthimos is playing little more than an elaborate game of mannered chess. […]

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