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‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ Film Review: A Cut-Above Campus Comedy

Richard Linklater uses the Carter-Reagan cusp year of 1980 as a backdrop for his peek into the character-forming college experience.

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‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ Movie Review: A Peek Inside the Bubble of Wartime Kabul

As a reporter facing the horrors and absurdities of the Afghanistan War, Tina Fey is reliably funny and at times profound.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE



Film Review: A Resolute ‘Race’ Through Jesse Owens’ Monumental Story

The movie paints in overly broad strokes, but it captures many of the facts about the history-making track athlete. It also offers a fine perspective on the racial politics of the 1930s and the burgeoning civil rights movement of that day.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE



Film Review: Hilarious ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Hails and Skewers Hollywood

The Coen brothers’ new movie—a backstage drawing-room Western musical biblical (with a splash of synchronized swimming)—pays tribute to midcentury escapism while dispensing barbs sharp enough to nick both Tinseltown denizens and ordinary folk.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: A Very Good Year at the Movies

What do “Straight Outta Compton,” “Carol” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” have in common? They all made Truthdig film reviewer John Patterson’s 2015 list of favorites.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE



The Year in Movies: Superheroines, Superheroes, Singers and Sex

When it came to the silver screen, 2015 was a curious and contradictory year in many ways. It featured the success of both the legacy franchise and the original script, and it brought together both warrior babes and geriatric macho men.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Revenant’ Film Review: A Movie That’s Exhausting—in a Good Way

Masterful cinematography is the key to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s brilliant saga of survival and vengeance.

Posted on Dec 25, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Big Short’ Film Review: A Morality Play Dressed Up as Modern Farce

The mortgage and banking crisis of 2007 gets the business in this fast-paced, hilarious and, yes, frightening outline. It’s a tale powered by lots of villains and a handful of not-exactly-villains.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE



‘Carol’ Film Review: The Art Nearly Upstages the Artistry

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are beautifully balanced in this love story, but Todd Haynes’ overstylized cinematography is downright distracting.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



‘Spectre’ Film Review: How James Bond Becomes Edward Snowden in the Spy Series’ New Entry (Video)

It strikes me as remarkable that the theme of electronic surveillance in “Spectre,” the latest entry in the Daniel Craig reboot of the James Bond film franchise, is seemingly being ignored by reviewers.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE


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