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Film Reviews

Moana: Once on This Island

Moana Voices by Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. Written by Jared Bush. Rated PG. When Hollywood talks about “diversity,”...

Bonus Film Review: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Unfortunately, the biggest accomplishment of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is to draw attention to the Ben Fountain novel that it's based on. That...

Bonus Film Review: The Edge of Seventeen

We’ve gotten used to seeing Hailee Steinfeld portray unusually self-assured girls in True Grit and Begin Again and Pitch Perfect 2, so it’s a...

Bonus Film Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

One thing that was always missing from the Harry Potter books and movies was the Americans. J.K. Rowling alluded to differences in the ways...

Moonlight: Black Boy, Blue Boy

Amid this current efflorescence of African-American cinema that we are lucky enough to be living through, there has been a curious void. Where is...

Arrival: Graphic Language

Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life” is a terrific and well-nigh unfilmable piece of science fiction. Frequently told in the future tense, this lengthy...

The Handmaiden: Pickpocket

Korean movies don’t talk about homosexuality. Homosexuality is legal in South Korea, but a majority of people still disapprove, so it seldom comes up...

Hacksaw Ridge: They Also Serve

The attempted career rehabilitation of Mel Gibson continues with Hacksaw Ridge, a World War II film about a real-life American soldier who became a...

American Honey: Lucky Star

You may not know who Andrea Arnold is, but she’s a genius. The native of Kent, England, has made films only sporadically in her...

American Pastoral: Trouble in Paradise

Philip Roth is unquestionably one of the titans of American literature, and yet the cinematic landscape is littered with unsatisfactory adaptations of his work:...