Review: “Kindred”

“Kindred” is a horror movie that isn’t scary in a very obvious way. Rather, there’s a feeling of unease that permeates the film and gets under your skin, staying there long after the credits roll. Director and co-writer Joe Marcantonio’s debut feature may draw comparisons to other films such as “Rosemary’s Baby,” but he takes […]

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Review: “The Dissident”

On October 2, 2018, Washington Post journalist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never left. Over two years later, Khashoggi’s loved ones are still seeking justice for his murder, a premeditated crime committed by Saudi officials—and largely believed to have been ordered by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin […]

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Review: “The Mauritanian”

In 2016, Mohamedou Ould Salahi was released from Guantanamo Bay Prison after being held for 12 years on suspicion that he was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but without having any actual charges filed against him. Now, Salahi’s story is brought to life in director Kevin Macdonald’s film “The Mauritanian,” based on Salahi’s memoir […]

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Streaming Movie Reviews: December, Part 2

Here’s part two of my mini reviews for movies released on streaming services this past December, featuring “A California Christmas, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Sylvie’s Love,” and the final three films in Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” anthology. “A CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS” (Netflix) Maybe I’d feel a little bit warmer toward this film if it hadn’t misled […]

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Best Movies of 2020

I’m not going to lie—I almost didn’t make a top ten list of my favorite films released in 2020. It was a weird year with a lot of movies that I enjoyed but wasn’t frequently blown away by, not to mention the fact that I have a pile of films I haven’t gotten to watch […]

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Review: “Fatale”

We all have our guilty movie pleasures, and cheesy, ridiculous thrillers certainly check that box for many people. But while “Fatale,” a new thriller from director Deon Taylor and writer David Loughery (the pair who also helmed 2019’s “The Intruder”), does the bare minimum to hold the audience’s attention, it doesn’t commit to the genre […]

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