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Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth 

*** 1/2 It isn’t Shakespeare, but rather a wicked subversion of Jane Austen on order in the terrific new Lady Macbeth, a tightly coiled portrait of a desperate Victorian housewife who goes to, well, drastic measures for liberation. The picture has the tasteful elegance of any number of drawing room period dramas, but “sense” and […]

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 

* 1/2 Luc Besson’s epic folly Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a work of unbridled “creativity” that left me agog—and not happily—at its high-concept silliness performed with all the energy of rigor mortis by two sullen, miscast stars without clue what kind of picture is going on around them while Besson […]

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Dunkirk

Dunkirk 

*** 1/2 Dunkirk is, quite simply, the most astonishingly immersive war picture ever made. Does that make it the best? In a feat of visual storytelling that will not be equaled in a movie this year, co-writer and director Christopher Nolan creates a symphony of images, sound and fury onscreen, recreating an early WWII episode […]

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming 

*** The Marvel superhero franchise, labored with one picture after another churned out to capitalize on the individual and collective Avengers is as commoditized as American movies get. They don’t even have to be good. Except now there’s one that is, and it happens to be a bit or a surprise because it really shouldn’t […]

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The Beguiled

The Beguiled 

*** Sophia Coppola’s The Beguiled, for which she won the directing prize at Cannes this year, is a sum of its parts picture with enough going for it to recommend, but not quite enough to transcend its inherently pulpy story. But it sure is fun while it lasts. Based on Don Siegel’s 1971 film of […]

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Maudie

Maudie 

*** 1/2 Renowned Nova Scotia folk artist Maude Lewis get a biopic in Maudie, a portrait of an artist that spans succeeds in being extraordinarily affecting in the hands of star Sally Hawkins. Working from a screenplay by Sherry White, Irish director Aisling Walsh follows Lewis from the 1938 to 1970, and Hawkins’ revelatory performance […]

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Beatriz at Dinner

Beatriz at Dinner 

***1/2 Beatriz at Dinner may be a wisp of a movie—the credits roll at about the 70-minute mark—but it’s one that couldn’t feel more timely and tapped into the current zeitgeist of what it’s like to be a have or have not in contemporary America. However, which of the two principal characters fits those descriptors […]

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman 

*** 1/2 A rousing new superhero movie, which sounds like an oxymoron, is exactly what director Patty Jenkins has delivered in Wonder Woman, the new DC action hero picture that avoids the tropes of most superhero movies—over-the-top special effects, cynical calculation and bored performers—and signals the arrival of a major new screen star in Gal […]

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Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant 

*  1/2 Alien: Covenant is a turgid movie whose principal aim is to take down whatever is left of the Alien franchise, once so beloved—apparently for reasons the filmmakers no longer understand—since its inception in 1979. Instead, Ridley Scott and writers John Logan and Dante Harper have delivered a heavy-handed picture trading on the mumbo-jumbo […]

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The Lovers

The Lovers 

* * *1/2 Debra Winger and Tracy Letts are a long-time married couple having affairs with other people in The Lovers, as incisive a portrait of marital discord as American movies have seen in years. What happens when you feel a long-dormant spark for the spouse you’re about to leave? And what happens when you […]

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