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A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Oct 17, 2019 at 01:00. 22 comments

The Lighthouse is an insanely inspired buddy comedy in the key of A24 horror

The Lighthouse is an insanely inspired buddy comedy in the key of A24 horror

Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe have the kind of faces Norma Desmond waxed nostalgic about in Sunset Boulevard. Like all the stars of the silent era, they don’t need dialogue; a whole movie could be hung on the topography of their features, on what Pattinson does with those haunted eyes he used to fix on Kristen Stewart and how Dafoe uses that toothy goblin grin of his for mirth or menace....

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A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Oct 10, 2019. 18 comments

Parasite may be Bong Joon Ho’s most thrilling ride on the genre-hopping Snowpiercer express

Parasite may be Bong Joon Ho’s most thrilling ride on the genre-hopping Snowpiercer express

The last time Bong Joon Ho made a parable of class warfare, he set it aboard one hell of a moving metaphor: a train looping endlessly around a frozen Earth, its passengers divided into cars based on wealth and status, upward mobility achieved only through lateral revolution. Parasite, the South Korean director’s demented and ingenious new movie, doesn’t boast quite as sensational a setting; it...

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Oct 10, 2019. 22 comments

Will Smith fights himself in Ang Lee’s dopey but thrilling Gemini Man

Will Smith fights himself in Ang Lee’s dopey but thrilling Gemini Man

Ang Lee’s sci-fi action movie Gemini Man, which stars Will Smith as a government assassin who discovers that he was cloned by his former superiors, brims with the kind of possibilities of which transcendent pulp stories are made: an exclusive world of cold-blooded pros; a cavalier attitude toward both science and bodily harm; an air of weariness and regret; a hero who is fast and deadly with a...

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A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Oct 03, 2019. 24 comments

Joaquin Phoenix goes full Taxi Driver for the shallow but striking psychodrama of Joker

Joaquin Phoenix goes full Taxi Driver for the shallow but striking psychodrama of Joker

One of the more fiendishly clever choices Christopher Nolan made in his magisterial middle Batman movie, The Dark Knight , was to clown on the very idea of “motivation.” Heath Ledger’s unforgettable version of The Joker, a prowling nihilistic terrorist in rotting makeup, kept offering different explanations for the grotesque scar-tissue grin cut across his face—and it’s only on the second time...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Oct 03, 2019. 16 comments

Stephen King and Joe Hill adaptation In The Tall Grass tries to make plants terrifying

Stephen King and Joe Hill adaptation In The Tall Grass tries to make plants terrifying
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewIn The Tall GrassC+Movie ReviewIn The Tall GrassC+C+In The Tall GrassDirector

Vincenzo Natali

Runtime

101 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Language

English

Cast

Laysla De Oliveira, Avery Whitted, Harrison Gilbertson, Patrick Wilson

Availability

Netflix October 4

How do you make a field of grass scary? If you’re Stephen King and his son Joe Hill, the answer is simple: Turn it into a...

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Oct 02, 2019. 6 comments

Memory is a superficial look at the origins of Alien

Memory is a superficial look at the origins of Alien
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewMemory: The Origins Of AlienC+Movie ReviewMemory: The Origins Of AlienC+C+Memory: The Origins Of AlienDirector

Alexandre O. Philippe

Runtime

95 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Language

English

Cast

Documentary

Availability

Select theaters and VOD October 4

In the 40 years since the crew of the Nostromo first awakened from hypersleep to investigate that fateful transmission on LV-426,...

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A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Oct 01, 2019. 21 comments

Truth is stranger than the fiction of Natalie Portman’s diaper-free Lucy In The Sky

Truth is stranger than the fiction of Natalie Portman’s diaper-free Lucy In The Sky
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewLucy In The SkyCMovie ReviewLucy In The SkyCCLucy In The SkyDirector

Noah Hawley

Runtime

124 minutes

Rating

R

Language

English

Cast

Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, Colman Domingo, Pearl Amanda Dickson, Ellen Burstyn

Availability

Select theaters October 4

Movies ripped from the headlines often play fast and loose with the real-life events they’re reenacting....

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A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Sep 26, 2019. 9 comments

Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat is a Big Short that comes up short

Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat is a Big Short that comes up short
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewThe LaundromatC+Movie ReviewThe LaundromatC+C+The LaundromatDirector

Steven Soderbergh

Runtime

96 minutes

Rating

R

Language

English, Russian, Mandarin, Spanish

Cast

Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Jeffrey Wright, Nonso Anozie

Availability

Select theaters September 27; Netflix October 18

Heist comedies of honor among thieves, psych-ward thrillers that double as...

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Sep 25, 2019. 7 comments

There’s no shortage of shocks in Swiss Army Man follow-up The Death Of Dick Long

There’s no shortage of shocks in Swiss Army Man follow-up The Death Of Dick Long
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewThe Death Of Dick LongB-Movie ReviewThe Death Of Dick LongB-B-The Death Of Dick LongDirector

Daniel Scheinert

Runtime

100 minutes

Rating

R

Language

English

Cast

Michael Abbott Jr., Andre Hyland, Virginia Newcomb, Jess Weixler, Sarah Baker, Janelle Cochrane

Availability

Select theaters September 27

Dick Long is dead, and his friends Zeke (Michael Abbott Jr.) and Earl (Andre Hyland)...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Sep 25, 2019. 6 comments

In The Shadow Of The Moon is a sci-fi misfire from the director of Stake Land

In The Shadow Of The Moon is a sci-fi misfire from the director of Stake Land
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewIn The Shadow Of The MoonC-Movie ReviewIn The Shadow Of The MoonC-C-In The Shadow Of The MoonDirector

Jim Mickle

Runtime

115 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Language

English

Cast

Boyd Holbrook, Cleopatra Coleman, Michael C. Hall

Availability

Netflix September 27

Time travel is a conundrum, for theoretical physicists and screenwriters alike. It’s cheaper to convincingly portray than,...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Sep 24, 2019. 7 comments

Serial-killer drama The Golden Glove is disgusting, nihilistic, and pointless—and that is the point

Serial-killer drama The Golden Glove is disgusting, nihilistic, and pointless—and that is the point

The Golden Glove stinks. Not in a Jay Sherman sort of way, but in the sense that the film is so viscerally disgusting, with trash strewn on every surface, shit caked on every toilet, and mold growing in every jar of rubbery sausages, that you can practically smell it. The film belongs to a small and alienating subgenre of serial-killer dramas in the tradition of 1986's Henry: Portrait Of A...

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Sep 21, 2019. 24 comments

Let’s hope Last Blood is the last we see of John Rambo

Let’s hope Last Blood is the last we see of John Rambo
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewRambo: Last BloodC-Movie ReviewRambo: Last BloodC-C-Rambo: Last BloodDirector

Adrian Grunberg

Runtime

89 minutes

Rating

R

Language

English, Spanish

Cast

Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Yvette Monreal, Adriana Barraza, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Óscar Jaenada

Availability

Theaters everywhere September 20

Sylvester Stallone’s restless all-American killing machine John J. Rambo is back,...

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Charles Bramesco Charles Bramesco Sep 19, 2019. 22 comments

Title aside, Where’s My Roy Cohn? doesn’t ask many questions about its famously awful subject

Title aside, Where’s My Roy Cohn? doesn’t ask many questions about its famously awful subject
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewWhere's My Roy Cohn?CMovie ReviewWhere's My Roy Cohn?CCWhere's My Roy Cohn?Director

Matt Tyrnauer

Runtime

97 minutes

Rating

PG-13

Language

English

Cast

Documentary

Availability

Select theaters September 20

Excepting the whole “talking to ghosts” bit, Angels In America didn’t have to take much dramatic license to make a compelling villain out of legal vulture Roy Cohn. He...

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Roxana Hadadi Roxana Hadadi Sep 19, 2019. 12 comments

Seann William Scott is a long way from Stifler in the psycho parenthood thriller Bloodline

Seann William Scott is a long way from Stifler in the psycho parenthood thriller Bloodline
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewBloodlineC+Movie ReviewBloodlineC+C+BloodlineDirector

Henry Jacobson

Runtime

97 minutes

Rating

R

Language

English

Cast

Seann William Scott, Mariela Garriga, Dale Dickey

Availability

Select theaters and VOD September 20

Pregnancy as body horror is a familiar subgenre, but the new Blumhouse thriller Bloodline takes that idea a step further by presenting parenthood as a corruptively...

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A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Sep 18, 2019. 18 comments

Rob Zombie unleashes The Devil’s Rejects again in the tedious sequel 3 From Hell

Rob Zombie unleashes The Devil’s Rejects again in the tedious sequel 3 From Hell
Movie ReviewMovie Review3 From HellD+Movie Review3 From HellD+D+3 From HellDirector

Rob Zombie

Runtime

122 minutes

Rating

R

Language

English

Cast

Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Richard Brake, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Dee Wallace, Emilio Rivera

Availability

Select theaters September 16

Accompanied by a boom of gunfire and the cornball-epic strains of “Freebird,” the final freeze frame of Rob Zombie’s The...

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Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Sep 18, 2019. 5 comments

Here’s hoping the inevitable Trump movie takes its cues from the sprawling, incisive Loro

Here’s hoping the inevitable Trump movie takes its cues from the sprawling, incisive Loro
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewLoroBMovie ReviewLoroBBLoroDirector

Paolo Sorrentino

Runtime

157 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Language

Italian

Cast

Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio

Availability

Select theaters September 20

Inevitably, Hollywood will make movies about Trump’s presidency, emphasizing the nonstop chaos and idiocy. We may not even have to wait very long—Oliver Stone gave us W . while...

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Noel Murray Noel Murray Sep 18, 2019. 1 comments

A filmmaking family is forced into exile in the tense Sundance winner Midnight Traveler

A filmmaking family is forced into exile in the tense Sundance winner Midnight Traveler
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewMidnight TravelerBMovie ReviewMidnight TravelerBBMidnight TravelerDirector

Hassan Fazili

Runtime

90 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Language

Afghan Farsi, English, Turkish

Cast

Documentary

Availability

Select theaters September 18

Over the past few years, the plight of political refugees has been a divisive social issue in nations around the globe, with some of our more nationalist,...

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Sep 17, 2019. 23 comments

Brad Pitt journeys into inner and outer space in James Gray’s sci-fi stunner Ad Astra

Brad Pitt journeys into inner and outer space in James Gray’s sci-fi stunner Ad Astra

When we go to space, how much of our baggage will we bring with us? The question hangs over James Gray’s Ad Astra, a mesmerizing sci-fi drama that takes us to a future where humanity has started to colonize the solar system and the stars have begun to lose some of their luster. There are Applebee’s and souvenir stands on the moon, as well as vast no-man’s-lands ruled by rival mining companies...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Sep 12, 2019. 4 comments

Dr. Frankenstein is reborn as a Brooklyn body snatcher in Larry Fessenden’s Depraved

Dr. Frankenstein is reborn as a Brooklyn body snatcher in Larry Fessenden’s Depraved
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewDepravedB-Movie ReviewDepravedB-B-DepravedDirector

Larry Fessenden

Runtime

114 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Language

English

Cast

Alex Breaux, David Call, Joshua Leonard, Owen Campbell, Chloë Levine

Availability

Select theaters September 13

Go easy on Larry Fessenden: He’s been re-imagining Frankenstein since well before the recent wave of variations on Mary Shelley’s classic...

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Josh Modell Josh Modell Sep 11, 2019. 16 comments

Liam Gallagher isn’t nearly the arsehole we all hoped he’d be in As It Was

Liam Gallagher isn’t nearly the arsehole we all hoped he’d be in As It Was
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewLiam Gallagher: As It WasC+Movie ReviewLiam Gallagher: As It WasC+C+Liam Gallagher: As It WasDirector

Charlie Lightening

Runtime

85 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Language

English

Cast

Documentary

Availability

Select theaters September 13, VOD October 8

A good redemption story needs a badly behaved protagonist—a “proper cunt” in the very British parlance of the Gallagher brothers—and...

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