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Sweet Music

The High Note delivers the kind of slick Hollywood entertainment we've been missing.

In Good Company

The Trip to Greece again celebrates lighthearted time spent with a good friend.

Ghosts of Relationships Past

A marriage in crisis gets an overly fanciful treatment in On a Magical Night

Sweet Music

The High Note delivers the kind of slick Hollywood entertainment we've been missing.
There's something more than slightly meta about The High Note, a slick, glossy entertainment that's about the world of slick, glossy entertainment.

Fluid Situation

Straight Up finds a unique kind of love story in a post-binary world.
Love used to be simple: Boy meets girl. At least that's the story a lot of people tell themselves, nostalgic for a romantic binary that never existed beyond cultural conventions.

Home Movies

Without theaters as an option, here's how to make your home-viewing the next best thing.
When the COVID-19 lockdown commenced in March, it was clear that plenty of things would change.

Tumbleweeds at Home

Utah Film Center offers a youth-friendly remote film festival.
Every year, the Utah Film Center presents the Tumbleweeds Film Festival, a showcase of films from around the world appropriate for a range of ages. That experience now comes directly to you in your home, as so much content must during this time.

Passion Projects

Two documentaries explore the worlds of people with unique obsessions.
They're stories of people and their obsessions, drawing their impact from the way that people discover and pursue the peculiar passions that give meaning to their lives.

Warm Fusion

A gentle story of uniting divided people fuels Abe.
At the beginning of Abe, our 12-year-old titular protagonist (Stranger Things' Noah Schnapp) notes that while he prefers the simple "Abe," he's sometimes called Avram, sometimes Ibrahim. That's because the Brooklyn youth comes from a particularly complicated mixed marriage: his father, Amir (Arian Moayed), is Palestinian, and his mother, Rebecca (Dagmara Dominczyk), is Israeli.

Second Nature

Two new features on Disney+ showcase a formula that works.
When Disney launched Disneynature in 2008—providing a home for nature documentaries—it was actually reviving a formula that had been tremendously successful for the company in the 1950s and 1960s True-Life Adventures series.

From Screen to Stream

Universal Studios offers new releases for those now unable to visit theaters.
Here's a look at our reviews of those already-available-to-stream titles.

Man of the Cloth

Corpus Christi explores a Catholic Church in need of addressing its members' human needs.
Father Tomasz is the unlikeliest of spiritual leaders—apriest in the truest sense, a healer of soul-deep hurts leading his congregants to peace and love.

Higher Love Story

The romantic tear-jerker I Still Believe delivers its faith-based message without being a jerk about it.
The new faith-based drama I Still Believe really makes the case that you can believe in a higher power—and not be a dick about it.

Slight of Fantasy

Onward can't connect its emotional core to a world that feels fully-formed.
For virtually the entire 25 year history of Pixar's feature films, there's been a running joke about the formula for its world-building.

What's In a Name?

Seberg is at its best when it's not just about the famous actress in its title.
A movie's title is no small thing; one only need to look at Warner Bros.' desperate second-week rebranding of Birds of Prey as Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey for a reminder that you're selling your audience on what they should expect. Sometimes, however, a misjudged title isn't simply an indication that the distributor doesn't know what their audience wants.

Power Failure

The Assistant brilliantly captures the dynamics that protect abusers.
The understandable marketing hook for The Assistant is that it's a #MeToo story—and, more specifically and provocatively, that it's a thinly-disguised swipe at Harvey Weinstein.

Snow Job

Downhill remakes a dark character study as broad comedy.
I could write a book-length treatise on how and how not to do a cinematic remake—and given the film industry's fondness for recycling, there would be no shortage of material.

Finding Patterns

The subjects of Sundance 2020 films had some similarities, but it was really about how those stories were told.
Sundance 2020 offered several different ways to answer the question, even if they might say more about the lens of the interpreter than about something deliberate or inevitable.

Blunderworld Figures

Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen mixes a slick crime caper with a Brexit metaphor.
It's full of sufficiently-advanced crime and criminals barely indistinguishable from legitimate business and entrepreneurs, and oozing with crackling cynicism about culture and politics.

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