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Spoiler Alert tries to distance itself from the tragedy at its core

(LR:) Sally Field and Jim Parsons in Spoiler alertImage: Courtesy of Focus Features To say grief comes in many forms is such an overwrought understatement that to trot it out at the beginning of a review feels like a cop-out. Swear enough Spoiler alertbased on Michael Ausiello’s memoir by the same name (with the added …

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A film review of Noah Baumbach’s White Noise

From left: Sam Nivola, Adam Driver, May Nivola, Greta Gerwig, Dean Moore/Henry Moore, and Raffey Cassidy in White NoiseImage: Wilson Webb/Netflix Writer-director Noah Baumbach excels at domestic dramas set in a milieu of neurotic artistic intellectuals, working with actors to draw pitch-perfect performances that carry both dramatic and comedic undertones. His two most recent films …

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover tries and fails to have it both ways

(LR:) Jack O’Connell and Emma Corrin in Lady Chatterley’s LoverImage: Parisa Taghizadeh/Netflix If you are of a certain age, there is a possibility that you have a special connection to Lady Chatterley’s Lover. No, not the book that was written by DH Lawrence in the late 1920s, but remained unavailable until a well-publicized obscenity trial …

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Could Planes, Trains & Automobiles still work today?

Steve Martin and John Candy in Planes, Trains & Automobiles (Image: Paramount Pictures)Graphic: Libby McGuire This year marks the 35th anniversary of what is widely considered the best Thanksgiving movie of all time—Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Paramount is marking the occasion with a new remastered 4K release featuring over an hour of deleted scenes from …

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Strange World finally delivers the queer version of Disney magic

Strange WorldImage: Walt Disney Studios In recent years, the parade of family friendly animated films has seemingly stumbled upon two paths diverging in a wood. On one side are the heavily merchandised, brightly colored, fart-joke-infused films geared at elementary school kids. On the other are the weepy, melancholic tales of loss, supposedly made for kids, …

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TV review: Wednesday is frighteningly dull

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams Photo: Netflix Although werewolves, sirens, and Gorgons abound, there’s no Frankenstein’s monster on Wednesday. But the show itself is a shambling corpse crudely assembled from pieces of undead media: Fans of teen fiction will recognize molding chunks of everything from Veronica Mars oath Mean Girls until Harry Potter oath Wicked, …

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A review of the documentary All The Beauty And The Bloodshed

Nan Goldin (left) in All The Beauty And The BloodshedImage: Courtesy of Neon and Participant Media At some point in the future—if we are not there already—every artist who made their mark in the 20th century will have a documentary made about them. Most will be informative in the Wikipedia/”American Masters” sense, interesting to the …

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The heroes behind The Menu on how to play villains

(L-R:) Janet McTeer, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, John Leguizamo, Aimee Carrero, and Rob Young in The MenuImage: Eric Zachanowich / Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures The satirical thriller The Menu is populated by people who exemplify the term “love to hate.” The film follows a particularly eventful meal at Hawthorne, an exclusive restaurant on a private …

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