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‘The happy munchkin of sex’

Let’s talk about sex.  Or better yet, let’s talk about Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a 4-foot-7, 90-year-old Holocaust survivor who...

Heck boi

Hellboy feels like a two-hour “previously on Supernatural” recap, somehow set to even worse music. Anyone who has ever begrudgingly loved a...

Here comes everybody

Where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves ... And where we had thought to be alone, we will...

Going gaga for Kojo

Writer/director Blitz Bazawule’s first feature-length film feels exactly like someone telling you about a dream they had. Only you’re actually interested in...

Those wonderful people out there in the dark

Open Secret — a nearly forgotten and difficult-to-find B-programmer from 1948 — ought to be seen by everybody. In it, newlyweds John...

A matter of persistence

The legacy of Orson Welles looms large in the history of cinema. So large, even Welles himself fell into its blackness.

The surrealistic Godfather

Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) — from Colombian directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra — is a masterpiece. Go see it. 

Me without you

Ash is Purest White is a gangster movie. Well, sort of. Sure, the movie opens with a room full of low-level gangsters gambling, but...

Once upon a time in war-torn Europe…

Paris, modern day: The cleanses are coming. Staying one step ahead, the passenger (Franz Rogowski) flees Paris, stowing away on a train bound for Marseilles....

Hollywood’s golden year

It’s hard to overstate the significance of 1939 in American cinema. Even though the movies were nearly four decades old, a series of events and...

Not a question of where, but why

Watching movies in 2019 is no longer a question of where, but why. It could be everywhere: Multiplexes, art house theater, film societies, living rooms,...

Truth at every level

An object is not without context, and a perspective is not without a point of view. For British philosopher Alan Watts, this was a...
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