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Orient Express: Strangers on a Train

Kenneth Branagh’s new version of Murder on the Orient Express feels curiously old-fashioned. Not because it’s set in 1934, but because Branagh is taking...

Wonderstruck: Bolt From the Blue

Six years ago, Martin Scorsese adapted Brian Selznick's illustrated novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret into an Oscar-nominated movie called Hugo. Now, the comparably...

Ragnarok: Hela Good

Back in 2015, I had just seen Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows when it was announced that the New Zealand director...

Suburbicon: Housing Plots

What good is any film critic who can't offer a contrary opinion once in a while? The advance word on Suburbicon has been downright...

Professor Marston: Golden Ropes

Sometimes, a high-profile film is followed by a movie on a related subject intended to capitalize on the first movie's expected success. (Remember 12...

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:...

Blade Runner 2049: One of Us

The original Blade Runner was a box-office flop when it came out in 1981. Sometimes this gets forgotten about movies that acquire the reputation...

Battle of the Sexes: King of the Court

No, no, no! It wasn’t supposed to be this way! The first woman presidential candidate was supposed to handily beat an unqualified sexist loudmouth...

Lady Macbeth: Yet Here’s a Spot

One reason behind the Samuel L. Jackson-caused scrape this past spring over black British actors portraying African-Americans in American movies is that there’s not...

Oh God, mother! Blood! Blood!

My movie reviews have been in hibernation for a couple of weeks, but mother! is well worth coming out of it for. After all,...