Friday, April 20, 2018

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Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018
Review: Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein's Amy Schumer Starrer "I Feel Pretty"
If you've ever walked into a store and were embarrassed to tell the salesperson your real size, or entered the gym locker room and wanted to hide, you're part of the target audience for Amy Schumer's "I Feel Pretty." Whatever age or gender you happen to be. Self-esteem issues related to body image...
Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018
Review: Director Janus Metz' "Borg Vs. McEnroe"
Let's begin this review of "Borg Vs. McEnroe" with a huge spoiler alert. The final score of the 1980 Wimbledon men's final between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, which takes up the climactic last third of the movie, was 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6. It's not a secret, really. And, in the end, it doesn't...
Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018
Review: Chloe Zhao's Spiritual Western "The Rider"
Cinema might have a worthy successor to early Terrence Malick in Chloe Zhao, whose second feature "The Rider " is a spiritual and poetic journey into the fading world of the Lakota cowboy, starring the real people who inspired her film. As in her first, the beautiful "Songs My Brothers Taught Me"...
Friday, Apr. 6, 2018
Review: Director Andrew Haigh's "Lean on Pete"
There is painfully little love, except for the warm and compassionate filmmaking itself, in Andrew Haigh's tender and heartbreaking coming-of-age drama "Lean on Pete." In his first American film, Haigh, the British director of "45 Years" and "Weekend," proves every bit as adept at burrowing into...
Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018
Review: Director Kay Cannon's "Blockers"
The teen sex comedy, a dude-fest if there ever was one, gets a very overdue and very funny update in Kay Cannon's "Blockers," a gleeful, gross-out farce about the absurdities of gender bias. Like "Porky's" and "American Pie" before it, Cannon's film begins with a sex pact. Three high-school friends...
Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018
Review: Director John Curran's "Chappaquiddick"
Ambiguous and damning at once, John Curran's "Chappaquiddick" plunges us back into the summer of 1969: the season of Woodstock, the moon landing, the Manson murders and the lowest ebb of the Kennedy mythology. It was six years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy and a year since Bobby was...
Monday, Apr. 2, 2018
Review: Director John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place"
Let's start with a popcorn warning. If you're bringing your usual tub of multiplex popcorn into "A Quiet Place," just be aware that you'll be hearing every single crunch. That's because much of John Krasinski's ingeniously creepy new film, in which he stars alongside his real-life better half,...
Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018
Review: Director Peter Kunhardt Explores MLK's Challenging Final Years In HBO Documentary
When a figure is as fundamental to our history and national identity as Martin Luther King Jr., is there anything left to learn about him? Actually, it may be precisely because King is such a towering figure in our collective memory that we tend to focus on a few big moments — Montgomery,...
Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018
Review: Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One"
"Why can't we go backward for once?" wonders the protagonist of "Ready Player One" shortly before gunning his "Back to the Future" DeLorean in reverse. "Really put the pedal to the metal." Pressing rewind is, if anything, an understandable desire these days. But in today's reboot, remake-mad movies...
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018
Review: Steven Soderbergh's iPhone-Lensed "Unsane" 
Steven Soderbergh, who briefly retired from Hollywood after lamenting its timid small-mindedness, has shot his second post- Hiatus film entirely on an iPhone. "Unsane," a pulpy psychological thriller, is an exercise in both genre and technology. It's a B-movie iMovie. And it's 98 minutes of proof...