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Nightingale: White Devil

Jennifer Kent is relentless. I say that with some degree of certainty, having seen the Australian filmmaker’s harrowing 2015 debut The Babadook and now...

Ne Zha: Demon Seed

Last year when I reviewed Big Fish & Begonia, I wrote about how China is playing catch-up with the rest of the Far East...

Ready or Not: Olly Olly Oxen Free

You may remember Samara Weaving making a brief but hilarious impression as the ex’s rambling fiancée in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The 27-year-old...

Blinded by the Light: Born in the U.K.

Sarfraz Manzoor hated growing up as the son of Pakistani immigrants in Britain in the 1980s, but instead of seeking out The Clash or...

Little Woods: Smuggler’s Blues

A black woman walks down the street and watches a car with a law enforcement insignia pass by her in the other direction. She...

Farewell: Our Cancer Lies

Lulu Wang based The Farewell on her own experiences with her Chinese family, which she detailed in an episode of This American Life for...

Dora: Inca Dinka Doo

Early on, Dora and the Lost City of Gold signals that it’s not going to be a straight-up live-action version of Dora the Explorer,...

Rafiki: Love Is Upendo

You probably know that Rafiki is the name of the mandrill / high priest in The Lion King, but if you have a passing...

Wild Rose: Another Country

Round the middle of this decade, when it became clear that Saoirse Ronan was here to stay awhile, some observers remarked on a curious...

Art of Self-Defense: Komical Karatekas

There have been comedies about martial arts, but I can’t recall a previous one about how a master’s demand for loyalty and discipline, abetted...