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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
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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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Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Sep 11, 2019. 12 comments

A mutant girl, paranoid dad, and an ice-cream truck star in the indie superhero flick Freaks

A mutant girl, paranoid dad, and an ice-cream truck star in the indie superhero flick Freaks
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Zach Lipovsky, Adam B. Stein

Runtime

104 minutes

Rating

R

Language

English

Cast

Lexy Kolker, Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Grace Park

Availability

Select theaters September 13

Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932), a nightmarish pre-Code horror film populated by actual carnival sideshow performers, is the rare masterpiece that not only couldn’t, but probably shouldn’t, be remade....

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Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Sep 10, 2019. 7 comments

Even with echoes of The Conversation, the offbeat indie The Sound Of Silence is too muted

Even with echoes of The Conversation, the offbeat indie The Sound Of Silence is too muted
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Michael Tyburski

Runtime

87 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Language

English

Cast

Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori, Austin Pendleton, Bruce Altman, Alex Karpovsky

Availability

Select theaters and VOD September 13

Just about anyone who’s lived in New York City knows that peace and quiet is a rare, precious commodity. The...

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Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Aug 28, 2019. 8 comments

Official Secrets shines a light on a nearly forgotten Iraq War whistleblower

Official Secrets shines a light on a nearly forgotten Iraq War whistleblower
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Gavin Hood

Runtime

112 minutes

Rating

R

Language

English, Mandarin

Cast

Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans, Conleth Hill, Indira Varma

Availability

Select theaters August 30

Virtually everyone now agrees that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a colossal mistake based on faulty...

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Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Aug 21, 2019. 11 comments

Elizabeth Debicki brings what passion she can to the banal biopic romance of Vita & Virginia

Elizabeth Debicki brings what passion she can to the banal biopic romance of Vita & Virginia
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Chanya Button

Runtime

110 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Language

English

Cast

Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton, Isabella Rossellini, Peter Ferdinando, Rupert Penry-Jones

Availability

Select theaters August 23; VOD August 30

Taking on a role for which one of the world’s most famous actors has won an Oscar—not all that...

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Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Aug 14, 2019. 16 comments

The twist is better, but the shark action isn’t, in 47 Meters Down sequel Uncaged

The twist is better, but the shark action isn’t, in 47 Meters Down sequel Uncaged
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Johannes Roberts

Runtime

90 minutes

Rating

PG-13

Language

English

Cast

Sophie Nélisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju, Sistine Stallone, John Corbett, Nia Long

Availability

Theaters everywhere August 16

As killer-shark movies go, 47 Meters Down didn’t exactly make anyone forget Deep Blue...

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Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Aug 07, 2019. 17 comments

Shia LaBeouf and a talented newcomer help The Peanut Butter Falcon transcend its feel-good clichés

Shia LaBeouf and a talented newcomer help The Peanut Butter Falcon transcend its feel-good clichés
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Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz

Runtime

97 minutes

Rating

PG-13

Language

English

Cast

Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, John Hawkes, Thomas Haden Church, Bruce Dern, Jon Bernthal, Yelawolf, Jake "The Snake" Roberts

Availability

Select theaters August 9

There’s a regrettable...

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Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Jul 31, 2019. 11 comments

La Flor is the goofy, bewildering 13-hour cinephile event of the year

La Flor is the goofy, bewildering 13-hour cinephile event of the year

It’s become commonplace, if not an outright cliché, for TV showrunners to describe the latest season of their show as “essentially a 13-hour movie” (or however long all of its episodes add up to be). Once in a while, that even becomes true. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 14-part miniseries Berlin Alexanderplatz was a major U.S. theatrical event, by arthouse standards, in 1983, selling out...

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Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Jul 24, 2019. 4 comments

The Great Hack is an un-cinematic primer on the Facebook data-mining scandal

The Great Hack is an un-cinematic primer on the Facebook data-mining scandal
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Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim

Runtime

113 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Language

English

Cast

Documentary

Availability

Netflix July 24

Documentary filmmakers continue to wrestle with the grim reality that many of our era’s most important and urgent issues are woefully un-cinematic. The Great Hack’s challenge: find a...

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Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Jul 17, 2019. 7 comments

Louis Garrel is still handsome, and still stuck in his dad’s shadow, in the frivolous A Faithful Man

Louis Garrel is still handsome, and still stuck in his dad’s shadow, in the frivolous A Faithful Man
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Louis Garrel

Runtime

75 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Language

French

Cast

Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp

Availability

Select theaters July 19

Children of celebrities often strive to dissociate themselves from Mom and/or Dad, sometimes even going so far as to take on a different name (as, say, Joe Hill...

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Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Jul 15, 2019.

Al Pacino really acts again, but deserves better material than Manglehorn

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David Gordon Green

Runtime

97 minutes

Rating

PG-13

Cast

Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Chris Messina, Harmony Korine

There’s a wonderful moment early in Manglehorn—you can see it in the trailer; someone liked it so much that they stuck it in there even though it has no story function—in which the title character, A.J....

Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Jul 13, 2019.

For a genuinely terrified performance, try shooting real arrows at an actor

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/for-a-genuinely-terrified-performance-try-shooting-rea-1798243847" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">For a genuinely terrified performance, try shooting real arrows at an actor</a>
Scenic RoutesIn Scenic Routes, Mike D’Angelo looks at key scenes, explaining how they work and what they mean.  

In a few weeks, Leonardo DiCaprio will very likely win an Oscar for his performance in The Revenant. This result is just shy of a foregone conclusion not because DiCaprio’s turn as frontier trapper Hugh Glass is so undeniably great, but because (a) there is no truly “undeniable”...

Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Jul 12, 2019.

Spoiler Space: The Wave

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/spoiler-space-the-wave-1798244792" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Spoiler Space: <i>The Wave</i></a>

Thoughts on, and a place to discuss, the plot points we can’t reveal in our review.

As fans of The Abyss have likely guessed, The Wave features the person who keeps administering CPR long after the victim has clearly died, who’s inevitably vindicated by a sudden gasp and the sight of the alleged corpse coughing up water. In this case, it’s teenager Sondre who saves Kristian, refusing to stop...

Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Jul 12, 2019.

Times have changed, and so, alas, has Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/times-have-changed-and-so-alas-has-crouching-tiger-1798186755" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Times have changed, and so, alas, has <i>Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon</i></a>
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Yuen Woo-Ping

Runtime

101 minutes

Rating

PG-13

Cast

Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen, Natasha Liu Bordizzo

Availability

Select IMAX theaters and Netflix February 26

There was a time when “the year 2000” sounded...

Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Jul 11, 2019.

Michael Caine lends his star power to the bewitching curiosities of Youth

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Paolo Sorrentino

Runtime

118 minutes

Rating

R

Cast

Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano

Availability

Select theaters December 4

More than any other director currently working, with the possible exception of Terrence Malick, Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino conceives his films musically, working with motifs and movements as much as...

Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Jul 10, 2019.

The foreign-aid drama A Perfect Day is mostly just a string of anecdotes

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/the-foreign-aid-drama-a-perfect-day-is-mostly-just-a-st-1798186222" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">The foreign-aid drama <i>A Perfect Day </i>is mostly just a string of anecdotes</a>
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Fernando León De Aranoa

Runtime

106 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Cast

Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Mélanie Thierry, Olga Kurylenko (In English, Serbian, Spanish, and French w/ subtitles)

Availability

Select theaters and VOD January 15

One of the best scenes in A Perfect Day, the English-language debut of Spanish...

Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Jul 09, 2019. 3 comments

Marc Maron and Lynn Shelton make a winning pair in the sharp, satirical Sword Of Trust

Marc Maron and Lynn Shelton make a winning pair in the sharp, satirical Sword Of Trust
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Lynn Shelton

Runtime

88 minutes

Rating

R

Language

English

Cast

Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, Jillian Bell, Toby Huss, Dan Bakkedahl, Lynn Shelton

Availability

Select theaters July 12

Nobody gets sliced or diced in Sword Of Trust, but neither is the film’s title wholly metaphorical. There’s an actual...

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Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Jul 09, 2019.

Growing Up And Other Lies is a tired trek across Manhattan and through clichés

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/growing-up-and-other-lies-is-a-tired-trek-across-manhat-1798183156" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>Growing Up And Other Lies</i> is a tired trek across Manhattan and through clichés</a>
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Darren Grodsky, Danny Jacobs

Runtime

90 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Cast

Josh Lawson, Adam Brody, Wyatt Cenac, Danny Jacobs

Part of what made Edgar Wright’s The World’s End so refreshing was the way that it feinted at being a certain tired sort of movie before suddenly making a wild...

Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Jul 08, 2019.

Don’t even waste 11 Minutes on a movie this empty and pointless

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Jerzy Skolimowski

Runtime

83 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Cast

Richard Dormer, Paulina Chapko, Wojciech Mecwaldowski (In English and Polish w/ subtitles)

Availability

Select theaters and VOD April 8

Though it’s being marketed as a thriller, 11 Minutes has more in common with the horror genre—specifically, with the Final...

Mike D'Angelo Mike D'Angelo Jul 08, 2019.

Michael Fassbender is a bounty hunter on a mission in the poky, odd oater Slow West

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/michael-fassbender-is-a-bounty-hunter-on-a-mission-in-t-1798183788" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Michael Fassbender is a bounty hunter on a mission in the poky, odd oater <i>Slow West</i></a>
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John Maclean

Runtime

84 minutes

Rating

R

Cast

Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn

About halfway through Slow West, set in 1870, our hero, a Scottish boy named Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), leaves his campsite late at night to take a leak. After he’s relieved himself, he heads back the wrong way,...

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