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Film Reviews

Logan: El Norte

In the continuing saga of the overwhelming white maleness of superhero movies, Latinos have been markedly less visible than even blacks and Asians. However,...

Get Out: I Am Not Your Negro

Historically, horror movies have not been a black thing. This is probably because, as many people before me have pointed out, real life for...

Oscar’s Hidden Gold

A certain contemporary jazz musical looks set to run roughshod over the major awards on Oscar night, which makes my annual piece that much...

A Cure for Wellness : It’s in the Water

Maybe you’ve seen the creepy trailer for A Cure for Wellness. The movie itself lives up to it. It’s so creepy that creepy actor...

Toni Erdmann: The Greatest Love

I notice that only one week after Toni Erdmann opened in Dallas theaters, it's already closing down there this weekend. This is despite the...

The Lego Batman Movie: Everything Is Batman

A lot of things have made the recent DC Comics movies look bad, but nothing has made them look worse than The Lego Batman...

The Comedian: Laugh Lines

Funny people are delightful to be around, but professionally funny people can be exhausting. They turn every conversation into a wisecrack, a pun, an...

Odds and Ends

One of my favorite regular features is this one that I do around this time every year. It’s my way of writing about a...

Silence: Word of God

My other duties at the Weekly kept me from seeing Martin Scorsese's Silence before I made out my list of the year's best films....

Live by Night: Rum Reasons

Okay, now I'm worried about Ben Affleck, the director. You can understand why Warner Brothers might have been excited to put out his latest...