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Ruffalo, Hathaway shine in ‘Dark Waters,’ the shocking film about DuPont’s deadly chemical disaster

Todd Haynes’ “Dark Waters” is the perfect film for Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo. In fact, I would go as far as to say the movie might not even exist without him. He’s not only the star and main producer of the film, but also a well-known environmental activist in real life, too.

If you’ve been interested in the new...

‘Marriage Story’: Noah Baumbach’s new take on a broken home

Noah Baumbach’s new film “Marriage Story” is not very similar to Robert Benton’s classic “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

Netflix’s marketing for the past few months would lead you to believe otherwise – particularly Marriage’s poster, which looks like an intentional homage to the original “Kramer” poster. While both are centered...

“Doctor Sleep” is a surprisingly decent follow-up to “The Shining”

As with most sequels, Mike Flanagan’s “Doctor Sleep” could fall into the category of unnecessary follow-up films. But it doesn’t, in big part because Stephen King is the author of the novel the film is based on.

The sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic, “The Shining” (1980), is a surprisingly well done...

Released in time for Halloween, “The Lighthouse” will leave you feeling emotionally cold

While attending a screening of Robert Eggers’ new arthouse horror film, “The Lighthouse,” last weekend there was an older woman in my row occasionally heckling the film with phrases like “so bad” and “horrible.” Despite my regular insistence on defending the audience’s intelligence and advocating against producers...

“Judy,” Rupert Goold’s Garland biopic, doesn’t do the legendary actress any justice

The thing with biopics is that the more famous and beloved the person being portrayed, the higher the standards – and more biting the criticisms – will most likely be. Judy Garland is one of the most famous and beloved women to have ever graced the silver screen, and because of this, there have been a ton of biographies and...

Hustlers isn’t just another raunchy comedy

Based on the marketing for Annapurna Pictures’ most recent feature, “Hustlers,” one would think this is just another raunchy slapstick comedy along the lines of “Bridesmaids” (2011) or “Rough Night” (2017). Not that there’s anything wrong with those kinds of films. After all, “Bridesmaids” did indeed manage to nab a couple of...

IT Chapter 2 can float, too...right into the garbage

It’s interesting when a popular novel with a longstanding fan base just can’t figure out how to garner decent screen adaptations. The most famous example would probably be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” a book which for some reason still struggles to get a proper cinematic portrayal, even 84 years later. A modern...

Brittany Runs a Marathon isn’t just another romcom about an overweight woman – it’s a good film, too

At a time when pop culture is expected to be politically sensitive, we have one extremely offensive thing that seems difficult to get rid of: the fat suit. Though there have always been overweight characters played by overweight actors, in many cases, fat characters in film have been played by average built actors donning...

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? isn’t the worst film of the year, but it’s one of the most frustrating

Richard Linklater’s new dramedy, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” is about a suburban housewife in the Pacific Northwest who has a nervous breakdown and then intentionally checks out of her everyday life – without warning or notice to anyone – to rediscover who she is as a person. If this sounds familiar to you, it might be...

Hobbs and Shaw: an unimpressive addition to the Fast & Furious catalog

If one franchise could safely secure the title of most unexpected longevity in film history, it would most likely be the “Fast & Furious” series. The original film, titled exactly that in 2001, was a moderate success. It did well with audiences, but to critics it was essentially a “Point Break” (1991) remake if you...

Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may be one of the better summer films

Quentin Tarantino’s new film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” is pretty much what one would expect from Tarantino rewriting 1960s history for his own art, much like he did with WW2 in “Inglourious Basterds” (2009) or the Civil War in “Django Unchained” (2012). If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if real life, and...

Jakob Dylan’s Echo in the Canyon is a documentary tribute to Laurel Canyon musical pioneers

The biggest counter-culture movement in modern history arguably occurred in the 1960s, both as a society and in pop culture. As most who lived during that decade or have extensively researched it can attest to, though, it was also a period that ended on a sour note, thanks to the violence and addiction issues that ran rampant...

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