Specialty Releases

Film Review: Redford Shines in “The Old Man and the Gun”

The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars.  Would that the delightful, slow-paced mayhem of a crime spree profiled in the first two-thirds of David Lowery’s The Old Man and the Gun could sustain itself. That … Continue reading

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Film Review: Stylish “Galveston” Is a Heartless Place to Linger

Galveston (Mélanie Laurent, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Galveston, based on the eponymous book by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Mélanie Laurent (Diving), is both a stylish slow-burn of a noirish thriller, meticulously acted by a cast that includes Ben … Continue reading

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Netflix Film Review: “22 July” Is Both Effective and Deeply Unpleasant

22 July (Paul Greengrass, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. It takes a certain kind of masochist to embrace the cinematic adaptation of a horrific real-life event. This does not make Paul Greengrass (Jason Bourne), the director of 22 July – a retelling … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Monsters and Men” Brilliantly Explores the Complicated Aftermath of a Police Shooting

Monsters and Men (Reinaldo Marcus Green, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. A filmic triptych of intersecting lives in a Brooklyn neighborhood riven by the police shooting of an unarmed African-American man, Monsters and Men evokes powerful emotions with remarkable narrative economy. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bad Girls Rule in “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.”

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (Steve Loveridge, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. In a rousing documentary profile of Sri Lankan-born activist and hip-hop performer M.I.A., director Steve Loveridge (making his feature debut) – a friend of hers since their mutual time in a London art … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Pick of the Litter,” 5 Puppies Play on Our Heartstrings

Pick of the Litter (Don Hardy Jr./Dana Nachman, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Puppies! What’s not to like about a litter of adorable puppies? Indeed, for a dog lover, a film like Pick of the Litter seems like a cinematic … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Bel Canto” Sings Well Enough, If a Little Flat

Bel Canto (Paul Weitz, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Bel Canto is adapted from Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel of the same name, which itself was based on a real-life hostage crisis that occurred in Peru in 1996. Starring Julianne Moore (Wonderstruck), … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Apparition” Examines Faith and Its Misuse

The Apparition (“L’apparition”) (Xavier Giannoli, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. A film sometimes too overwrought for its own good, French director Xavier Giannoli’s The Apparition nevertheless features enough engaging elements to make for solid drama, even if, at approximately 135 minutes … Continue reading

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Film Review: Great Acting Almost Saves “The Wife”

The Wife (Björn Runge, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Half of The Wife is very good; the other, less so. The part that works is all about performance, in particular that of Annie Starke (We Don’t Belong Here), though most of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Madeline’s Madeline” Struggles with Story, but Impresses As Art

Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Josephine Decker’s third fiction feature, Madeline’s Madeline, combines visually evocative cinematography, aurally stimulating music and intellectually exhilarating editing in a cinematic mix that somehow doesn’t quite add up to what should be … Continue reading

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