Specialty Releases

Film Review: Scots Rule in “Outlaw King”

Outlaw King (David Mackenzie, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Despite the copious online coverage of the mid-film reveal of star Chris Pine’s genitalia in all its naked glory (don’t get too excited, as it’s only up there for a nanosecond), the … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Maria by Callas,” the Diva Shines

Maria by Callas (Tom Volf, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. A documentary both elliptical and precisely structured, weaving in and out of broad temporal montages and detailed historical sequences, Maria by Callas tells the story of its subject with deep love and … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Stars Align in “Studio 54”

Studio 54 (Matt Tyrnauer, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. From director Matt Tyrnauer – who last gave us Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, profiling the erotic lifestyles of Hollywood’s heyday – comes another lurid tale, this one of sex, drugs … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Guilty” Is Depressing As All Hell, but Masterfully Realized

The Guilty (Gustav Möller, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. The Guilty is the feature debut of Danish director Gustav Möller, and is a beautifully executed thriller that takes place entirely in one location, far away from the action, keeping the viewer … Continue reading

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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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