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Wormwood: Errol Morris’ Dark Tale Shrouded in Government Secrets

The defining image of documentarian Errol Morris’ Wormwood is Peter Sarsgaard falling out an 11th-story window, over and over. It’d be hard to count the number of times...

Life at the End of the Road Depicted in The Leisure Seeker

Ella and John Spencer (Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland) seem to be nice people: friendly, educated, liberal, with two adult children and their golden years ahead. They have it...

Director Sean Baker Brings Gritty Reality to Screens in The Florida Project

Director Sean Baker employs the same raw but expressive style and use of amateur actors that worked so well in his tasty Tangerine. Here, he trades in the misfit-ridden streets of...

Hate on Skates Comes to the Cinema with I, Tonya

Why revisit the infamous tale of Tonya Harding? It turns out that the story of the famously trashy skater with talent enough to reach the Olympics but not the polish and poise...

“Molly’s Game” Sees Aaron Sorkin’s Directorial Debut

Aaron Sorkin directs his first feature, and since he also wrote the script, it’s all quite Sorkinesque: smart characters delivering clever, quippy dialogue at a fast clip —...

Is The Phantom Thread a Farewell Film From Daniel Day-Lewis?

1950s British couturier Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is very particular. While this helps him meticulously craft beautiful gowns for his rich important clients, it does...

Isabelle Huppert Collaborates with Michael Haneke in Happy End

There is a brutality to Michael Haneke’s films. It is often literal but it can sometimes be most scathing when more opaque. The best example is his 2012 Oscar winning Amour, in...

A Cinematic Docu-Mystery: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

In telling the story of Marsha P. Johnson, oscar-nominated director David France (How to Survive a Plague) also tells the story of the gay rights movement. Marsha was at the...

The AIDS Crisis Overseas Depicted in a New Film, BPM

BPM begins in a lecture room full of passionate young French men and women loudly discussing (and reliving) the efficacy of their most recent fake blood-flinging protest, while...

Oscar Talk Swirls Around a New Movie Romance: Call Me By Your Name

Come away to the bucolic Italian countryside of 1983, where a young man’s world is budding with discovery and desire....

Last Flag Flying Creates a Cinematic Veteran’s Tribute

As with many of Richard Linklater’s films, Last Flag Flying would be hard not to like. I’d even go so far as to say that this broadly appealing film might even have the...

Thelma Full of Cinematic Same Sex Attraction and Intrigue

Thelma opens on a little girl and her father walking through a snowy Norwegian wilderness. When they come upon a deer, the little girl stares transfixed while her father raises...