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    Film Review: ‘Gretel & Hansel’ Get a Slow Cooker Roasting

    With “Gretel & Hansel,” director Oz Perkins solidifies his uncanny ability to instill dread that stains and spreads. Back after his equally unsettling and slow-burning “The Blackcoat’s Daughter,” Perkins recants a familiar Grimm fairy tale with even more sinister incantation. This version swaps the order of the sibling title, leading to one of the better […] More

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    Film Review: ‘The Last Full Measure’ Rests on the Shoulders of Strong Performances

    So many films based on true events would be significantly better if they stuck to facts of the stories that inspired them. Todd Robinson‘s latest endeavor, “The Last Full Measure,” is a perfect example. Air Force Pararescueman William “Pits” Pitsenbarger was part of a crew in Vietnam, tasked with evacuating injured soldiers by helicopter. In […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Dolittle’ Exhibits Eccentric Bedside Manner

    With an illustrious career playing flashy icons like Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, what else is there left for Robert Downey, Jr. to do other than graduate into Dr. Dolittle? In Stephen Gaghan’s “Dolittle,” the megastar dons the famous top hat with proud frivolity and misanthropic aloofness. This reboot of Hugh Lofting’s collection of children’s […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Little Women’ Is a Fine Adaptation of the Classic Novel

      “Little Women” is one of the most adapted novels written by a woman. Only the Brontës and Jane Austen can compete with Louisa May Alcott in number of adaptations. Greta Gerwig‘s sophomore film is the tenth known iteration of the classic autobiographical tale first published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. With so […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Bombshell’ Lands With a Thud

    It was an allegation that rocked the already troubled Fox News. Gretchen Carlson, an anchor at the cable news network, accused chairman and CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. And it was even more shocking when one of the network’s biggest stars, Megyn Kelly, added her voice and her own story to a stack of […] More

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    AFI Fest Review: ‘The Planters’ Grows Into a Fragile State of Mind

    2019 AFI FEST: Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder’s “The Planters” represents a stunning feat of auteur announcement. The dynamic duo both star and direct their debut with tour de force confidence, commanding every frame of their black comedy with tonal preciseness. Every gesture, expression, line-read, and framing technique is meticulous in forming a world of […] More

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    AFI Film Festival Review: ‘The Truth’ Solely Revolves Around Catherine Deneuve

    For as long as there has been theater, there’s been the trope of the prima donna actress. When done best, it either exaggerates the behavior to comic degree (see Dianne Weist in “Bullets Over Broadway”) or makes efforts to take their concerns seriously (see Juliette Binoche in “Clouds of Sils Maria”). As he showed in the Oscar-nominated film “Shoplifters,” […] More

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    TV Review: ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Is Delightfully Charming

    “Lady and the Tramp” is the latest Disney animated classic to get the live-action remake treatment. It also manages to be one of the best. Closely aligned with the 1955 film, “Lady and the Tramp” finds a happy newlywed couple celebrating Christmas in their Victorian-era suburb. When the husband hands his wife a pink hat […] More

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