Film Review: ‘Your Name’ Finds Beauty in the Body Switch Trope

Body swapping movies have often been the major plot point in the dopiest of comedies. Leave it to Makoto Shinkai’s latest anime offering to find the beating heart behind the tired premise. “Your Name” is much more “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” for teenagers rather than a classier “Freaky Friday.” Two teenagers – a […]

2017 Awards Profile: Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Call Me By Your Name’ from Sony Pictures Classics

Welcome to the 2017 Awards Profile series, where we talk about high- and low-profile films coming to a theater near you at some point this year. We will analyze the potential for these films to be players for the Academy Awards, and while many of these have the potential to be recognized, many will not, […]

TV Review: ’13 Reasons Why’ Has Good Intentions With Uneven Execution

There’s nothing more frustrating than a show with good intentions that doesn’t live up to its potential. The adaptation of the popular young adult novel, “13 Reasons Why,” has been hailed as important. It’s easy to see why. The series, like the book, takes a rough look at teenage suicide, rape, bullying, slut shaming, sexuality […]

TV Review: ‘Harlots’ Is a Saucy Bit of Fun Yearning to Be More

“Marie Antoinette” meets that one section in “Les Misérables” where Anne Hathaway is a prostitute. That’s at least the surface setup for Hulu’s latest series, “Harlots.” The salacious drama aims its sights on the world of 18th century brothels and the power struggles that come about within them. There’s quite a bit of style, and […]

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Film Review: ‘The Most Hated Woman in America’ Doesn’t Inspire Much Feeling

Melissa Leo is a force of nature. She’s powerful, commanding and hard to control. In her Oscar-winning role as hard-edged boxing matriarch Alice in “The Fighter,” Leo chewed up enough scenery to upstage A-list actors at the top of their game, such as Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg. That director, David O. Russell, […]