Browsing all articles from January, 2016.

The Boy

The Boy 

* * * You might think that horror pictures about demonic dolls have worn out their welcome, but The Boy, a surprisingly creepy and unpretentious little movie about an American nanny who takes a job in England for a very unorthodox family, delivers the shivery goods. It may not break new ground, but it is […]

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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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The Revenant

The Revenant 

* * * * You really have to hand it to director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, whose films never cozy up to their audiences, instead demanding a partnership that can be agonizing in the moment but always haunting, enlightening even, upon reflection.  With a handful of rigorously commanding movies under his belt, from the accomplished Mexican triptych Amores Perros to […]

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