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Shine On

Doctor Sleep effectively embraces the legacy of The Shining.

What the Heil

A twinkly, precious approach to un-learning hate doesn't serve Jojo Rabbit well.

Fiend-ers Keepers

Isolation turns horrific—and also crudely funny—in The Lighthouse. Lighthouse

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Shine On

Doctor Sleep effectively embraces the legacy of The Shining.
Would this Doctor Sleep be a sequel to King's book, or to Kubrick's movie? Or could it somehow manage to be both?

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    Diva Destruction

    Like too many biopics, Judy provides a performance showcase and little more.
    Considering how good America is at producing icons worthy of biopic treatment, it's ironic how bad we are at making biopics.

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The Terrible 10

Horror, slasher and just plain creepy films: We tip our witch's hat to you.
Gather friends around a big-screen TV and turn off all the lights.

Scandal in the Wind

A film festival of stories about politicians under pressure.
Here are just a few relatively recent examples to contemplate the many ways 2019 could shake out.

Bored of the Flies

Monos too rarely moves beyond a familiar story of violent youth.
In their down time, the kids—called Bigfoot, Wolf, Rambo, Dog, Smurf, Swede, Boom Boom and Lady—play soccer blindfolded, pair off in so-called partnerships.

Moon Crazy

Ad Astra offers an odd mix of awestruck human drama and moon pirates.
Director James Gray's heady mix of science-fiction thriller, psychological drama and social commentary feels almost genetically engineered so that it's hard to figure out what he's trying to do.

Super Size #MeToo

Can Morgan Spurlock's new documentary avoid association with his admitted bad behavior?
After two years in limbo, Super Size Me 2 finally emerges into release, with an unavoidable question attached

Dis-Topian Fiction

Visions from a not-so-improbable future where Disney owns everything. No, seriously. Everything.
"Han Solo is totally gonna friggin' kick Captain Kirk's ass! You saw it here first!"

Fall Movie Preview

Awards fodder and franchise fare share theater screens through the end of 2019.
As multiplexes look to an eternal summer, what do we look forward to?

Man o' War

Angel Has Fallen dials down the franchise's machismo, and turns up a critique of militarism.rd Butler in Angel Has Fallen
If you're going to make a lunkheaded action franchise, give that protagonist a lunkheaded action name.

Born in the UK

Blinded by the Light tries a tricky mix of crowd-pleasing and messy reality.
Blinded by the Light should be a crowd-pleasing slam-dunk, and for a whole lot of people it's probably going to be just that.

The Rage of Innocence

Brian Banks tells a cruel and true story with too little righteous anger.
There's a lot here to make the thinking, compassionate citizen furious.

Taking a Spin

What makes some movie spinoffs of supporting characters soar, where others fall short?Wolverine
Call them sequels, call them reboots, call them remakes, but it's all about reducing risk by giving audiences what they already know.

Setting Sail

Maiden celebrates women refusing to stay where they're told they belong.
But no crew would take her on: Women were bad luck, went the conventional wisdom, or too much of a distraction, or some such bullshit.

Circle of Lifeless

The Lion King demonstrates the difference between realism and vitality.
Director Jon Favreau's version of The Lion King is clearly an impressive technical achievement.

Nutty Buddies

Stuber finds most of the genre pleasures of buddy action comedies.
How rich is the history of fast-paced, funny showcases for an odd couple.

Fun Size

Spider-Man: Far From Home almost lets big ideas overwhelm charming comedy.
He's just a 16-year-old kid, who wants to do the things most 16-year-old kids get to do: fall in love, hang out with friends, etc.

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