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  • Anders Walter's I Kill Giants, based on Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura's graphic novel, is a moody, full-hearted tale of a preteen girl who believes that she's the only thing standing between life and the imminent destruction of her seaside...

  • The makers of the irresistible character study doc Itzhak capture Itzhak Perlman's characteristic warmth and bravado through short, anecdote-centric scenes that make the Israeli-American violinist sound like a big-hearted raconteur who's...

  • Steven Soderbergh shot Unsane on an iPhone, but not in the way Sean Baker's bright and funny Tangerine was, where the director did everything he could to minimize that fisheye look. Instead, Soderbergh embraces the technology and...

  • Armando Iannucci's foul-mouthed and funny The Death of Stalin, a comedy depicting the intricate, frenetic power struggle after the old monster's death in 1953, would be a brilliant, harrowing film even without all its contemporary...

  • "What's this?" my son asks, many years from now, yanking an old robot toy from a box in our basement. "A Transformer?"

    I examine it. "No, I don't think so. Transformers have faces. Besides--" I try twisting its legs, turning its arms and...

  • Here is a movie made for and about the people who believe they are the essence of American normalcy, a movie that dutifully flatters and celebrates them even as it works to expand who that normalcy actually includes

  • Just over halfway through Roar Uthaug's Tomb Raider 2018, our skeptical Lara Croft (a marvelous Alicia Vikander) at last plunges with a squad of villains and her own father into the usual under-mountain hellmouth. What follows is like an...

  • Grisebach surveys her incidents (river work, bar nights, outdoor parties, horseback reveries, confrontations between townies and outsiders) from various vantage points, honoring the perspectives of all parties

  • James Demo's The Peacemaker is an intense, intimate portrait of a visionary capable of sophisticated analysis, abrupt anger, self-deprecating wit and profound insights -- all while existing at considerable remove from his fellow...

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