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      Downhill (2020) Allow me to save you some time and money: Force Majeure is streaming on Amazon Prime. - Globe and Mail
      Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
      Dolittle (2020) If the muddled plot and aesthetic chaos of Dolittle leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, seek the antidote - an episode of Planet Earth. - Globe and Mail
      Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
      The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The film takes a grown-up approach to its young-adult material; this is a somewhat somber YA adaptation, with teenage subjects who are fully formed and all too human. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
      Set It Up (2018) Really, though, the movie is cinematic Soylent: flavorless, joyless, and devoid of any surprises. It's a testament to the film industry's years of neglect that we leave feeling full. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
      Whitney (2018) It's a well-worn tale, but that doesn't diminish the scale of its tragedy. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Jul 05, 2018
      Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) In Nanette, Gadsby strains against the impulse to end every joke with a punchline. To diffuse the tension as such would be a cop-out. She wants the audience to sit with it...powerful, uncomfortable, and searingly angry. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
      Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) The documentary is ultimately bittersweet, because it highlights just how alien Fred Rogers' philosophy of television has become today. But the film also functions as a gentle rallying cry. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Jun 04, 2018
      The Tale (2018) Survivors of childhood sexual abuse will likely find The Tale a difficult watch. But it's damn near necessary viewing in this age of collective trauma unveiled. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
      Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie (2018) By two-thirds in, Tiny Shoulders starts to feel like a publicity exercise for the brand - an attempt to humanize the company by showing us the real women behind all that plastic. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
      Mudbound (2017) Despite its often brutal realism, Mudbound isn't masochistic; it leaves room for hope, and argues fiercely for love. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
      Too Funny To Fail (2017) Too Funny to Fail, which is now streaming on Hulu, is a sprightly and hilarious look at what a title card calls "arguably one of the most spectacular failures in television history." - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Nov 08, 2017
      Lady Bird (2017) Gerwig's directorial debut is a joy from start to finish, a warm, generous snapshot of teenage vulnerability and exuberance. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
      One of Us (2017) The film is a nuanced and moving illustration of the dilemma facing doubting members of the growing Hasidic community in New York City, home to the world's largest population of Jews outside of Israel. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
      Beauty and the Beast (2017) The film doesn't need to be given a dark twist like 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman; as with every fairytale, there's enough darkness in this story to begin with. - Flavorwire
      Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
      Beaches (2017) A freeze-dried remake that'll leave you wistful for the fresh taste of the original. - Flavorwire
      Read More | Posted Feb 01, 2017
      Passengers (2016) It's a tidy message, if not exactly the one 'Passengers' intends to send home: Man is bored, so man ruins woman's life. - Flavorwire
      Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
      The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) The result feels less like a creative reimagining of a classic for a new generation and more like your mom threw you a Rocky-themed birthday party. - Flavorwire
      Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
      Sausage Party (2016) By the time it reaches its, heh, climax with a storewide food fuck fest, any attempt at a serious critique of its interpretation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict feels a little ridiculous. - Flavorwire
      Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
      O.J.: Made in America (2016) A penetrating look at a fallen hero in the context of race and police brutality in Los Angeles and the country as a whole. - Flavorwire
      Read More | Posted Jun 08, 2016
      Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) 'Sorority Rising' is a broad summer comedy that has an unapologetically feminist message and is also hilarious. See? That wasn't so hard. - Flavorwire
      Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
      Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) 'Norman Lear' paints a picture of a long-lost time when a sitcom could start a national debate - because the entire nation was watching. - Flavorwire
      Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
      Spring Broke (2016) Despite the film's promisingly cheeky beginning, it quickly settles into a fairly conventional documentary, and bypasses the opportunity to tell a more interesting and culturally relevant story about spring break. - Flavorwire
      Read More | Posted May 05, 2016
      Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) The "some" that everybody wants here is plainly sex, but the gang engages in enough undergraduate philosophizing to suggest that they're hoping to get more than just laid. - Flavorwire
      Read More | Posted May 05, 2016
      Confirmation (2016) HBO's original film about the 1991 Clarence Thomas hearings is a quietly powerful portrait of institutional dysfunction in the face of an uncomfortable truth. - Flavorwire
      Read More | Posted May 05, 2016
      Me Him Her (2015) Me Him Her has an admirably buoyant energy but a murky message and shortage of laughs. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Mar 08, 2016
      Bleak Street (2015) Ripstein finds dark humor in his characters' diminished expectations, which sag so low they're subterranean. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2016
      Body (2015) On the surface a typical exercise in horror-film clich, Body turns out to be a far more thought-provoking creature, a parable of adulthood and a stinging indictment of white-girl privilege. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
      Christmas, Again (2014) Christmas, Again is a low hum of a downer, but maybe that's appropriate. As one customer crisply tells Noel, "Christmas sucks." - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Dec 01, 2015
      Entourage (2015) It's a shame none of the women develop past sketches of angry girlfriends and no-name one-night-stands. Sexist, sure, but also a failure of imagination. - Village Voice
      Read More | Posted Jun 02, 2015
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