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Film Shorts // January 5-11, 2022

OPENING   American Siege (R) Yet another cop thriller starring Bruce Willis, this is about a small-town sheriff fighting a militia that takes a wealthy doctor...

Holding Out for A Hero

In the wake of Iran’s phony election of 2009 that re-installed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president, the country cracked down on its filmmakers, so Abbas...

Macbeth: Toil and Trouble

And still I haven’t seen a convincing film version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood comes closest, and Scotland, PA comes a...

The Best Lead Performances of 2021

Do movie stars exist anymore? I mean the old-fashioned type that can pull an audience to the theater just on marquee value alone. I...

The Best Filmmaking Debuts of 2021

One reason why this job doesn’t wear on me is that I take so much pleasure in welcoming new directorial talents to our screens....

Film Shorts // December 28, 2021 – January 4, 2022

OPENING   Arjuna Phalguna (NR) This Indian romantic film stars Sree Vishnu, V.K. Naresh, Dayanand Reddy, Gaurav Pareek, Mahesh Achanta, and Amritha Aiyer. (Opens Friday) G Storm...

The Best Movie Dialogue of 2021

This year’s feature on the best movie dialogue is unusually heavy on monologues. I wish I knew what that meant. I do still enjoy...

The Best Supporting Performances of 2021

Back to normal service, everyone. My annual list of the best achievements in film was delayed last year, but now it’s back in December...

The Top 10

This past year, I spent more time in multiplexes than anyone who doesn’t work for a movie theater, and I didn’t get sick. Vaccinations...

Red Rocket: Magic Mikey

In the movement to destigmatize sex work, Sean Baker is leading the charge. All four of his feature films have been about sex workers,...