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Stayin' Alive

The survival adventure of The Aeronauts gets bogged down in backstory.

Hedunit

Rian Johnson turns Knives Out into a uniquely entertaining spin on murder mystery.

Sadfellas

The Irishman turns mob life into a melancholy tragedy.

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Stayin' Alive

The survival adventure of The Aeronauts gets bogged down in backstory.
Is it possible to spend too much time drawing those characters?

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Playing Chicken

Ford v Ferrari and the balance between highbrow cinema and pure entertainment.
To reduce it to its crudest essentials, it involves Scorsese's distinction between what he considers "cinema" and what he considers "worldwide audiovisual entertainment"—risk-taking storytelling, as opposed to safe, financially lucrative franchise installments.

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?

What the Heil

A twinkly, precious approach to un-learning hate doesn't serve Jojo Rabbit well.
Maybe you can craft a "once upon a time" narrative into something that eviscerates the childish ignorance behind racism and anti-Semitism, and makes swastika-clad goons into subjects of much-deserved scorn.

Fiend-ers Keepers

Isolation turns horrific—and also crudely funny—in The Lighthouse. Lighthouse
You might have seen movies before with some of the same visual artistic ambition as The Lighthouse—a movie that plays with your sense of reality, or captures its characters in forbidding black-and-white cinematography.

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.

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