‘The King’ Falls Short of Potential

Timothée Chalamet, starring as King Henry in Netflix’s “The King,” has his hip signature hairstyle and carefree bachelor life cut short as he ascends the throne of his grudge-ridden father. Sporting a fresh bowl...

‘Easter Snap’ Is What Nonfiction Films Should Strive to Be

“Easter Snap” is not a normal documentary; there is no narration and it isn’t explicitly informative. No, “Easter Snap” is hardly a documentary at all — it is a piece of visual art, rather...

‘Joker’: A Mesmerizing Making-a-Murderer Tale

It seemed that Heath Ledger’s famous performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight Rises” would remain unmatched forever. Ledger’s take on the character cast a shadow on any who dared take on the...

‘The Laundromat’ Is Star-Studded and Half-Baked

In less than a minute, Steven Soderbergh affirms what we already knew to be true: Antonio Banderas is, and will always be, a stone-cold fox. Suit-clad and smugly traversing the fourth wall at every...

‘The Day Shall Come’ Boldly Lampoons Terror and the FBI

“The Day Shall Come” is the second film from “Four Lions” director Chris Morris, and the second to explore terrorism through satirical comedy. Moses Al Shabaz (Marchant Davis) is a self-proclaimed prophet who preaches...

‘Judy’ Reveals the Pain Behind Garland’s Glitzy Persona

Most people know Hollywood legend Judy Garland as sweet, naive Dorothy Gale from “The Wizard of Oz.”  “Judy,” which premiered on Sept. 26, takes this image and flips it on its head, revealing the true...

‘Pain and Glory’ Is a Visually Stunning Film About Art’s Creation

“Pain and Glory,” Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, is one of his more autobiographical works. It centers on director Sebastian Mallo (Antonio Banderas), who is struggling to write anything new after his mother’s death. The...

Chris Chan Roberson: The Fastest Professor Alive

Blink and you’ll miss him. From every corner of the film industry to every classroom at the Tisch School of the Arts, two decades of professional experience has left no stone unturned by Professor...

‘Undone’ Bends Time but Remains Relatable

“BoJack Horseman” creator’s characters follow an aesthetic formula: self-destructive, self-abasing and utterly relatable. As Amazon Studio’s first adult animated series, Bob-Waksberg’s “Undone” launches into the existential crisis of the central character, Alma, as she...

‘Zombi Child’: Equal Parts Horror and Coming-of-Age Story

End credits roll, the lights come up and in the regular commotion of shuffling feet and long exhales, someone says aloud exactly what I’m thinking: “That was cool.” It’s difficult to pin down Bertrand Bonello’s...

‘Corporate Animals’: Unfunny, Uninteresting, Unappealing

"Corporate Animals" is a film without direction or enjoyment. Directed by Patrick Brice, it centers around a mismatched group of coworkers who end up trapped in a New Mexico cave with their sociopathic CEO,...

‘Ad Astra’ Is a Slightly Maddening Delight

Thirty years ago, Roy McBride’s (Brad Pitt) father left Earth to pursue extra-terrestrial life but was lost in the process. When Space Command, the U.S.’s space military branch, is alerted to activity near the...
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