West Side Story

It may not have been necessary, but Steven Spielberg’s shiny new version of West Side Story has enough going for it to merit a recommendation – it’s a colorful, energetic update.…

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Belfast

As a love letter to youth amidst a war-torn milieu and a chronicle of a childhood in tumult, Belfast, a black-and-white movie reminiscence, will be compared to Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, which took a similar approach and was vaulted as an object of high art…

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Spencer

Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, featuring Kristen Stewart as a tormented Princess of Wales on a Christmas holiday with the Royal Family at Sandringham House, is primarily of interest for the star’s transfixing performance as the put-upon noble who would rather be anywhere else than under sovereign…

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Dune

Dune is a gargantuan physical production that builds its worlds, slowly and meticulously, but never offers a reason for us to care.…

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Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago

As an excavation of a place, time and a personal history, Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago deconstructs Chicago poet and novelist Barry Gifford in an original movie portrait of the artist as a young man, told in a variety of forms, against a backdrop…

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Halloween Kills

As Roger Ebert frequently asserted, the first and most important question to ask of a film is what its makers intended, and the second is how well they executed upon said intentions. This, of course, does not allow for questioning whether what was intended/executed…

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Lamb

The pastoral Icelandic countryside proves a superbly eerie milieu for Vladimir Johansson’s slow-burn arthouse thriller Lamb, one of the strangest, riskiest movies in recent memory.…

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