Author Archive

One Night in Miami

January 14, 2021

Inspired and inspiring, this is a beautifully made, entertaining drama.

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Pretend It’s A City

January 6, 2021

It’s not the vaccine, but watching Fran Lebowitz and Martin Scorsese talk about the world is (almost) everything I need right now.

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The Midnight Sky

December 22, 2020

George Clooney’s ambitious misfire is well intended, but curiously cold and uninvolving. There’s an inherent problem here, one which could have offered up an artistic challenge, but somehow, Clooney just doesn’t meet it.

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News of the World

December 21, 2020

Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass reteam to tell us news of a tumultuous American post Civil War world that echoes in today’s. While their efforts are visibly impressive, this historical warning may fall on deaf ears.

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

December 17, 2020

This adaptation of the August Wilson drama is revelatory, beautifully staged as well as acted and almost perfect. Yes, I said almost.

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The Prom

December 10, 2020

Look. We’re all a bunch of frayed nerves and so, if you find a little merriment in this Ryan Murphy (Trademark) overstuffing, go. Have a good time. Or at least as good a time as you can with this insistently cheerful musical adaptation.

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Let Them All Talk

December 3, 2020

How delicious is this?

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I’m Your Woman

December 2, 2020

As compelling as this crime drama is, there’s a much appreciated bonus. And that’s watching Rachel Brosnahan stretch just about as far from Miriam Maisel as she can.

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Nomadland

December 1, 2020

Chloe Zhao’s astonishing film about American nomads is remarkable for what it is as well as for where it takes us. A beautiful blend of documentary and fictional drama, Zhao brings us vividly into the world of men and women who live on and, in some cases, for, the road.

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The Last Vermeer

November 17, 2020

Guy Pierce. That’s it. That’s the story.

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