Review: “1917”

5 out of 5 stars. “1917” is a war epic brought down to a more personal level, without sacrificing the scale or horror of said war.  That is thanks to director Sam Mendes and his crew, who adhere to a vision for this story—based on an anecdote told to him by his grandfather, Alfred Mendes—that […]

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Review: “The Two Popes”

3.5 out of 5 stars. “The Two Popes” is the story of two men at an intellectual and spiritual crossroads.  Adapted by Anthony McCarten from his play “The Pope” and directed by Fernando Meirelles, the film maintains the intimacy of a stage production with some added cinematic flourishes, and is anchored by fantastic performances by […]

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Review: “Bombshell”

2.5 out of 5 stars. “Bombshell,” one of the first big movies to be based on some of the events that spurred the Me Too movement, is simultaneously shocking, and shockingly tame. Directed by Jay Roach, the film revolves around the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News, in which several women exposed CEO Roger Ailes, […]

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Review: “Marriage Story”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Contrary to its title, writer and director Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” drops the viewer into the story of a marriage that it at its end.  But even though we don’t see the couple at the heart of the story falling in love, we get a complete sense of what their […]

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Review: “The Report”

3.5 out of 5 stars. “The Report” is the rare movie based on a true stories that doesn’t focus on bending facts to fit a more entertaining narrative; in fact, it frequently does just the opposite.  Written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, the film tells the story of an investigation led by Senate staffer […]

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Review: “Knives Out”

4 out of 5 stars. On the surface, “Knives Out” looks like your typical murder mystery.  But it only takes a few minutes for it to become apparent that this film is anything but.  Both an affectionate homage and a twist on well-known tropes, “Knives Out,” written and directed by Rian Johnson, is a wildly […]

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