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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

“Isle of Dogs” is Wes Anderson at his most Wes Anderson — for better...

There was once a time where artists could render their dreams material and be praised for the merit of their work instead of being blasted by overly sensitive moral police bent on having their...

Misery loves company in genre-skirting black comedy “Thoroughbreds”

In memory of Anton Yelchin, 1989-2016. Navigating the spotless, pearly interiors of the Connecticut mansion where most of “Thoroughbreds” takes place is a foreign exercise, the old-money exuberance displayed having more in common with a...

“Death Wish” fans a flame that needs to be doused (it’s also an awful...

I’ve sat in front of my computer screen for the past 13-and-a-half minutes watching a video on Youtube called “Every gunshot from the Deathwish movies.” In it, Charles Bronson shoots thousands of bullets, a...

“Red Sparrow” is a not-so-thrilling spy thriller

A Russian ballerina thrust into the world of spies, an American mole in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and a secret romance between agents on opposing sides — these are all the components...

“Game Night”: I know that reference!

Remember the rumor that circulated middle school campuses nationwide that Marilyn Manson surgically removed his own ribs to fellate himself? I certainly do. Remember when Ed Norton was The Hulk? What about “Fight Club”?...

“Ex Machina” director Alex Garland follows up with wicked, weird, wonderful “Annihilation”

Cells, high-school biology and protagonist Lena tell us, divide and proliferate, creating life as we know it through self-sustaining processes of growth. But what the hell does it even mean to be alive? I...

“Black Panther” is a superhero movie with heart

Shuri is a lot like most younger siblings: Her most defining feature is her spunk — she’s unwilling (or perhaps unable) to engage in conversation with her older brother without throwing in a joke...

“Peter Rabbit” is expectedly crass, surprisingly fun

“Peter Rabbit” is the second live-action film of 2018 about a British anthropomorphic animal in a blue jacket based on a series of children’s books — the other being “Paddington 2.” I haven’t seen...

“Winchester”: Guns don’t kill people, atrocious writing does

There’s something uniquely satisfying about films, especially in the horror genre, that market themselves as “inspired” by true events. What does that even mean? It’s become common knowledge at this point that some of...

Greta Gerwig deftly pays tribute to hometown Sacramento in “Lady Bird”

Remember all those petty arguments you had with your mom growing up? She’d get angry at you for something you’d swear you’re not guilty of, or maybe you’d be angry at her for something...