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All things being equalized

Writing about The Equalizer 2 — unforgivably not titled The Sequelizer — has to be harder than actually writing The Equalizer 2. Sure, penning...

Life, liberty and the pursuit of Elvis

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki is in search of the American Dream. To find it, he loads up Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce with a camera rig...

The eternal charm of the go-getter: Part two

If great comedy must involve something beyond laughter,” film critic James Agee writes, “Lloyd was not a great comedian. If plain laughter is any...

Kid, you’re gonna go far

Meet Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher); she’s 13, lives in a suburban home with her single father (Josh Hamilton) and is about as put together...

Surreally ambitious

The year’s best films thus far — writer/director Ari Aster’s Hereditary and writer/director Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You — have two major similarities:...

Itty bitty witty committee

Good news for amnesiacs: Ant-Man and the Wasp is a near carbon copy of the flimsy-fun first installment. Much like the school careers of...

A beautiful invitation

If ever there was a word to describe Fred Rogers — the host of the long-running PBS show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood — it would...

‘Madness in the middle’

If you’ve seen a hundred Westerns, then you’ve seen it a hundred times: a mysterious figure rides into town looking for someone. With guns...

I really don’t cartel do u?

If Fox News made Ambien, the opening sequence of Sicario: Day of the Soldado would be its signature hallucinatory nightmare. A classic “You got...

Thou art a symbol and a sign

Wanting for my happily-ever-after, I lowered my defenses, forgetting the first lesson I was taught: That I was brought into this world to be...

Just as I remember

This is not based on a true story; this is a true story.” So proclaims the title cards that open American Animals — a...

Suparental sympathies

Over the years, The Incredibles has, somewhat cloyingly, become the thinking person’s answer to “best superhero movie.” Writer/director Brad Bird’s original, stylishly sly Fantastic...
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