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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...

Film Shorts

OPENING Buddies in India (NR) Wang Baoqiang co-stars in his own action-comedy as a Chinese man who accompanies his best friend (Bai Ke) on a...

Film Shorts

OPENING The Founder (PG-13) Michael Keaton stars in this biography of Ray Kroc, who hijacked McDonald’s from the company’s original founders. Also with Nick Offerman,...

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....

Film Shorts

OPENING The Bad Kids (NR) The directing team of Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (Lost in La Mancha) direct this documentary about schoolteachers in the...

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...

A Monster Calls: I’ll Call on Yew

Whenever I watch Juan Antonio Bayona's supernatural movies, I always get this sense of a lively guy who came late to the party. The...

Hidden Figures: Fuzzy Math

Mathematics seems to be one of the hardest subjects for filmmakers to tackle. It's relatively easy to show the audience that a character is...

Film Shorts

OPENING Arsenal (R) This thriller stars Johnathon Schaech as a man who must rescue his brother (Adrian Grenier) from the mob. Also with John Cusack,...