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Film Reviews

Heavy Seas

Don’t confuse The Finest Hours with These Final Hours. The latter is an Australian movie about the apocalypse that I reviewed last spring. The...

Bears Repeating

The previous installments of the Kung Fu Panda series came out in the summer, but Kung Fu Panda 3 is timed to Chinese New...

Odds and Ends

I watched even more movies this year (more than 300!) than usual, which afforded me more opportunities to see weird and wacky smaller films....

Women in Love

There’s a proud tradition of gay male film directors who make their best movies about women: George Cukor, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pedro Almodóvar, François...

Masked and Anomalous

It so happens that this week’s Film page features two movies that played at last November’s Lone Star Film Festival. Carol was the main...

Unbreakable Glass

Look, I get why people are losing their minds over The Revenant. It looks amazing and has much else to recommend it besides. Still,...

Despicable We

The first thing you’ll see in The Hateful Eight is an overture. It’s a title card shown over several minutes’ worth of mood-setting music...

The Top 10

This year’s movies brought us Life, Love, Youth, and Joy, as well as a bunch of films about women that wound up dominating this...

Christmas Movie Roundup

As is the case most Christmases, this week has tons of movies dropping into the multiplexes for the holiday, so I’m publishing a guide...

Show of Force

I think I’ve been resisting the Star Wars hype pretty well. While people around me have been holding their breath for the better part...