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One last toast to the wunderkind

Let us raise our cups. Standing as some of us do on opposite ends of the river, and drink together. ... To the movies....

Think about what you’re trying to do to me

Let’s go back, let’s go back; let’s go way on, way back when, back when we use to swipe our favorite alternative band’s cassette...

To live

Here dies Kanji Watanabe (Takashi Shimura). For 30 years he has been pushing pencils and stamping government documents inside the cluttered offices of Tokyo’s...

Keeping up with the Joneses?

We seem to be talking about the American dream a lot these days. And not just how to get it, but what is it,...

Like clarifying history with lightning

It’s a famous shot from one of the most widely seen movies in the history of cinema: Scarlett O’Hara searching desperately for a doctor...

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...
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