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Marshall Law

When black Americans were wrongly imprisoned in the 1930s and ’40s, there was one phrase that would give them hope they might get justice:...

Southside With You: Obama Afternoon

Barack Obama isn’t out of office yet, and already I’m nostalgic for his presidency. I’d probably appreciate his easy communication and cool leadership in...

Survivor Girl

Wendy Orr wrote a story when she was nine years old. Decades later it turned into her 2002 novel Nim's Island, a slim and...

Happily Never After

Chalk up yet another great year for Mexican filmmakers. The closely knit trio of Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, and Alejandro González Iñárritu all...

The Top 10

Usually when I assemble the picks for my year-end list of the best movies, there's a lot of flux among the choices as I...
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Bears Looking Into

If you have small children, by now you probably know the drill with these new Disneynature documentaries: lots of breathtaking photography and nothing that...

Big Fat Mess

A few years ago, a studio would've dropped a piece of dreck like My Life in Ruins into a graveyard movie month like March...

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?: Right Said Fred

Just about every review of Won't You Be My Neighbor? says something about how timely it is, so I won't do that. Instead, I'll...

Los Angeles Thames

Even over the phone, Jay Thames is a massive presence. He has a sandblaster of a voice, and his words come tumbling out with...

Film Shorts

OPENING Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG) Tim Burton has been replaced as director, but this Disney-meets-Lewis Carroll adaptation remains loud, incoherent, garish, and stubbornly...