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Deep Focus

Stronger tells a tragic story with an emphasis on human connection.


American Assassin stumbles through a mix of gritty and crowd-pleasing espionage.

Banter, Stage Left

The Trip to Spain is funniest when it's not trying to be a movie.

Making Contact

Why Close Encounters on its 40th anniversary is the movie we need right now.
This summer, several generations of movie nerds paid homage to the 40th anniversary of one of the most influential movies of modern times: Star Wars.

Freedom of Choice

Good Time makes great cinema out of bad decisions.
There is one quiet scene in Good Time, and it's the first, as Nick Nikas (co-director Benny Safdie) is asked to play word association with a social services psychiatrist (Peter Verby).

Don't Call It a Comeback

Steven Soderbergh returns to the big screen with slick heist caper.
Steven Soderbergh never went anywhere; let's get that out of the way right off the bat.

Beer (Film) Festival

Seven sudsy films to get you pumped for the 2017 Utah Beer Festival.
Cinema has the power to immerse us in an infinite number of worlds—and the world of beer is certainly one of them.

The War at Home

Detroit recreates one harrowing battle in an ongoing conflict.
Kathryn Bigelow's new film Detroit is about much more than Detroit.

Sheet Happens

A Ghost Story turns a simple image into a meditation on attachment and mortality.
It is, of course, perfectly ridiculous to think that a person in a sheet with two eyeholes could represent something transcendently mournful about humanity.

Paint by Numbers

Maudie is more gentle romance than portrait of a tortured artist.
Folk-art buffs and extremely patriotic Canadians might already know the story of Maud Lewis.

Human Grace

War for the Planet of the Apes finds blockbuster action in fighting our own impulse to violence.
It's not unusual for genre fiction to offer compelling allegories for our time.

Schoolyard Fight

Spider-Man: Homecoming brings a welcome focus on a 15-year-old hero.
Stipulated: Nobody needs another Spider-Man movie.

Second-Hand Roads

Baby Driver cruises through genre homage that feels surprisingly familiar.
Edgar Wright loves his genre cinema—of this there can be no doubt.

More (and More and More) Than Meets the Eye

How I survived 10 consecutive hours of Transformers movies.
June 21 marks the Transformers: The Last Knight release.

If You're Going to San Francisco

Fifty years on, Monterey Pop captures something that was more than a musical moment.
Director D.A. Pennebaker launches into the documentary Monterey Pop.

Desperate Times

It Comes at Night offers a chilling allegory for compassion vs. fear.
This is an intense psychological thriller, slow-boiling and unsettling, written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, whose under-the-radar debut Krisha won near-universal acclaim in 2015.

I Ham, I Said

Wakefield uses a big performance to find small truths.
It's time for a ham-aissance.

Too Many Cooks

Baywatch tries every approach to TV-series adaptation at the same time.
Hollywood has settled into some reliable formulas for bringing TV shows to the big screen.



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