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80 For Brady

February 1, 2023

A giant leap for man(or woman)kind, this senior comedy at least treats its subjects with respect. And a decent sense of humor.

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You People

January 24, 2023

Jonah Hill’s romantic comedy is full of heart. Maybe that’s the problem.

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A Man Called Otto

January 9, 2023

I was perplexed this remake wasn’t hoisted into more theaters for the holiday season. After all, a Scrooge story is pretty much expected then. But, coming to us in the dead of winter, I can see why some may, despite their best intentions, fall for it. Because, for better or worse, this one feels like a big warm blanket.

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The Pale Blue Eye

January 6, 2023

We’ve got to chip through a whole lot of frost to get to the fiery heart of this Gothic whodunit.

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Women Talking

January 1, 2023

Sarah Polley’s remarkable drama is an uncompromising film about women who have been.

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Joanna Langfield’s Top Ten Movies of 2022

December 20, 2022

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December 20, 2022

What a beautiful film.

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December 17, 2022

So, I guess you CAN have too much of a good thing. Because Damien Chazelle’s three hour ode to old Hollywood has some very good stuff in it. But it’s incessant go for it urgency swirls, whirls and, ultimately, wears thin, exhausting itself and those of us watching.

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Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

December 15, 2022

Maybe not my last wish, but I certainly wouldn’t mind listening to Antonio Banderas swashbuckle away as Puss in Boots forever. In this, the latest chapter of the Shrek series, the original voice actors are back and this time, they’re facing, amazingly enough, mortality.

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White Noise

November 23, 2022

Noah Baumbach’s adaptation of the venerable novel is a project worth rooting for. But it’s a very hard one to recommend.

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