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Come From Away

September 8, 2021

As nicely staged and well intentioned as it is, I just can’t feel good about this feel good 9/11 musical.

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The Night House

August 18, 2021

Smart enough to feel almost plausible, fun enough to have me screaming “Get out of that house!”, this one is my kind of thriller, until it isn’t.

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Annette

August 8, 2021

World not crazy enough for you? Well, strap in, baby, because here comes Annette.

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Jungle Cruise

July 28, 2021

Even if it isn’t the most creatively adventurous move, there is room in the world for these Disney trademark vehicles, the kind of retro family entertainments that everybody can pile into the minivan and get a few giggles out of. But, even with this relatively benign ambition and an admittedly top-flight cast, the jungle’s a bungle.

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Stillwater

July 27, 2021

This Stillwater does, indeed, run deep. What initially appears to be a dramatic love story inspired by recent history is far more ambitious and complex. And revealing in ways we may not expect or even feel particularly good about.

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Pig

July 13, 2021

This is not a movie for everybody. But it sure is a movie for me.

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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

July 13, 2021

Has anyone ever been as charismatic as Anthony Bourdain? The working chef erudite, seemingly lover of life brought us along on his cultural and culinary travels with what we thought was a special intimacy.

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Black Widow

June 30, 2021

Out Bonding Bond, this solo superhero flick is no Wonder Woman.

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The Boss Baby: Family Business

June 30, 2021

Don’t complain if someone in your family wants to watch this. Because this sequel truly is aimed for family business, bright and kid-friendly, but with enough meta jokes and classic rock songs to make it work for all ages.

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12 Mighty Orphans

June 16, 2021

There’s no fancy footwork here, unless you count the plays on the field, but, like the underdog football players it portrays, this little movie wins us over with old fashioned grit and heart.

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