The Neon Demon
The Shallows
Swiss Army Man

Swiss Army Man

Swiss Army Man 

* * * 1/2 One of the most audacious movies in years, Swiss Army Man is many things—whimsical flight of fancy, poignant buddy movie, ingenious survival tale and very probably dexterous work of movie art. It is also a picture that will sharply divide audiences in its patent absurdity, which approaches, by the film’s conclusion, […]

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The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon 

* * * 1/2 Cheap thrills dressed up as very high art, Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon is the year’s most outrageously entertaining movie, a stylish exercise in depravity from which you cannot pull yourself away for a spellbinding two hours. It’s pure cinema about a soiled milieu, the seedy world of Los Angeles […]

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The Shallows

The Shallows 

* * * You’ll want to book a Sandals Resort package, minus the snorkeling, after seeing The Shallows, featuring comely Blake Lively in a bikini menaced by a Great White shark for 80 or so well-directed minutes.  Expert technique masks a scant survival story in Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra’s great looking B-movie, one that celebrates […]

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A Bigger Splash

A Bigger Splash 

* * * Simultaneously about everything and nothing, Luca Guadagnino’s luscious A Bigger Splash is a glossy paen to the lifestyles of the rich and famous, here the seaside affairs of an international rock star (Tilda Swinton) entangled in a hothouse of temptation. What it lacks in narrative momentum it makes up for in passion […]

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Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War 

* * How can there be so little to say about a movie that tries—so hard—to do so much? Perhaps because Captain America: Civil War, the latest Marvel cash cow, is an overstuffed and altogether unnecessary movie that throws so much at us that the only word I could summon during its 147 very long […]

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Green Room

Green Room 

* 1/2 There is simply no reason to care about anything in Green Room, an exercise in nihilism that begins with grit before quickly devolving into unrestrained violence minus the empathy or substance to give it consequence. Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier as a sophomore follow up to 2013’s much superior Blue Ruin, the […]

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Everybody Wants Some!! Tyler Hoechlin, Will Brittain and Blake Jenner Come of Age on Richard Linklater’s Bromantic Throwback

Everybody Wants Some!! Tyler Hoechlin, Will Brittain and Blake Jenner Come of Age on Richard Linklater’s Bromantic Throwback 

Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater’s ode to brotherly love circa 1980 Southeast Teas State University, is a sex comedy, rite of passage, gentle love story and a movie that tries to get at the core of both bromance and romance about what it means to be young. Billed as a “spiritual sequel” to Linklater’s 1993 […]

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The Witch

The Witch 

* * 1/2 An odd amalgam of Calvinist tradition and bedeviled horror, The Witch won the director’s prize for filmmaker Robert Eggers at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival for its atmospheric tale of outcast Puritans who settle on the edge of a haunted wood before hysteria and demons intervene. And while the mostly effective picture […]

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Hail Caesar!

Hail Caesar! 

* * * * The first terrific movie of 2016, the Coen Brothers’ lavishly inspired Hollywood satire Hail, Caesar! is one of their very best comedies, a gleaming love letter to the old Hollywood studio system that both evangelizes the transformative magic of the movies while affectionately critiquing Tinseltown’s castles in the air. It’s a […]

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45 Years

45 Years 

* * 1/2 As adult dramas go—and there are so few today it seems out of line not to be generous—45 years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney as a longtime married couple whose relationship fissures when the past intervenes, is tasteful, well-acted, sincere and so low-key it feels anemic. Its chief merit is Oscar-nominated […]

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