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Film Reviews

La La Land: Dancing With the Stars

A movie that can blow the doors off the theater, La La Land is set in the present day, but in every other respect,...

Smart Sloane

Sometimes, my job is easy. Take Miss Sloane, for example. This movie sets Jessica Chastain in the middle of a House of Cards-style political...

Justin Sherburn Sets the Score

Born in Fort Worth 42 years ago, Justin Sherburn may be based out of Austin now, but he still has fond memories of the...

Nocturnal Animals: Creatures of Darkness

Set in sunny Southern California and the backroads of Texas, Nocturnal Animals is nevertheless a piece of work that will chill you to your...

Loving: Love Wins

I keep waiting for Jeff Nichols to blow me away. I know he can do it. I’ve seen everything he’s done since Take Shelter,...

Allied: Love During Wartime

Allied Starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Written by Steven Knight. Rated R. To answer your question, I don’t know whether Marion...

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...