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Monday, February 20, 2017

“Nocturnal Animals” displays mastery of craft by Tom Ford

Tom Ford made a toughie. The fashion designer-turned-filmmaker’s second cinematic feature, “Nocturnal Animals” starts just about as confusingly as it ends, and we can talk about interpretations all day but there remains a layer...

“La La Land” is a beautiful meditation on classic Hollywood

Hollywood musicals fell out of favor a long time ago — gone are the days of Fred Astaire, or Ginger Roots. From the ‘80s to now, musicals as a genre leaned toward a kitschy...

“Moonlight” is the best film of 2016

“What’s a faggot? Am I a faggot? How do I know?” Berry Jenkin’s “Moonlight,” based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” is a beautiful contemplation on the excruciating and...

Silence is a stunning and subtle examination of faith

You know him, I know him. Martin Scorsese needs no introduction. “Silence” is the product of a 25 year-long production period — a passion project if there ever was one — based on the...

It’s time to head back to the wizarding world in “Fantastic Beasts and Where...

It’s been five years since the last “Harry Potter” movie was released, and now it’s finally time to revisit J.K. Rowling’s expansive wizarding world. In “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” director David...

“Zoolander 2” has lost its Blue Steel

Everyone who watched the original “Zoolander” movie will always remember the “school for ants,” “Dere-lick-my-balls” from the face-off scene and last but certainly not least, the Blue Steel Magnum look that was so beautiful...

“Hacksaw Ridge” will place you on the edge with riveting suspense

Director Mel Gibson could have created a banal war-hero movie with this World War Two biopic “Hacksaw Ridge.” While the plot somewhat utilizes the overused Florence Nightingale effect (a trope where a war soldier...

Michael Keaton shines in McDonald’s biopic, “The Founder”

“The Founder” is as American as a film can get, for better or for worse. As Richard Brody points out in his review for The Atlantic, it proves that director John Lee Hancock found...

Anthony Weiner has a funny last name. Now that we have that is out...

“Weiner” is a 2016 documentary directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg about Anthony Weiner’s turbulent run for New York City mayor in 2013. For those unfamiliar with Weiner (as I was prior to...

“The Dictator” Movie Review

“The Dictator” is the first feature written by Sacha Baron Cohen that is not focused on one of the personalities that he created on “Da Ali G Show.” Also setting it apart from his...