Browsing all articles from November, 2017.

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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