Film

Daniel Giménez Cacho in Zama. Photo courtesy Strand Releasing

The Conquistador Fever Dream of ‘Zama’

The Argentinian film follows a hapless cog of colonialism disorientingly seeking escape.

 

Joaquin Phoenix in Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here. Photo by Alison Cohen Rosa/Amazon Studios

‘You Were Never Really Here’ and the Unsmooth Criminal

Joaquin Phoenix captivates as a disheveled hitman in Lynne Ramsay’s hypnotic thriller.

 

James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander deal with a long-distance romance 
in Submergence. Courtesy Samuel Goldwyn Films

That Underwater Feeling

Wim Wenders fails to return to form in the distant drama ‘Submergence.’

 

Edie Falco delivers an award-worthy performance in Outside In.
Photo by Nathan M. Miller

Second Chances in Snohomish

Edie Falco commands the screen in Lynn Shelton’s ‘Outside In.’

Edie Falco delivers an award-worthy performance in Outside In.
Photo by Nathan M. Miller
Players engage in battle in the OASIS, the virtual-reality universe of ‘Ready Player One.’ Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

Fully Nerding Out

Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ delivers an occasionally thrilling VR pop culture overload.

Players engage in battle in the OASIS, the virtual-reality universe of ‘Ready Player One.’ Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

Old Dog, Same Tricks

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs shows why his style is suited for animation, even if still overbearing.

Nick Robinson stars in Love, Simon. 
Photo by Ben Rothstein/Twentieth Century Fox

Simon, Are You Queer?

‘Love, Simon’ plays off ’90s tropes for its simple—but groundbreaking—gay high school story.

Nick Robinson stars in Love, Simon. 
Photo by Ben Rothstein/Twentieth Century Fox
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The Scathing Commie-dy of ‘The Death of Stalin’

Armando Iannucci’s latest film provides razor sharp pseudo-historical satire.

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Stanley Tucci and Addison Timlin get too close in Submission. Courtesy Great Point Media/Paladin

Unlearned Lessons

While Stanley Tucci shines, ‘Submission’ feels uncomfortably pre-#MeToo.

Stanley Tucci and Addison Timlin get too close in Submission. Courtesy Great Point Media/Paladin
Cillian Murphy joins <em>The Party</em>. Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Don’t Want ‘The Party’ to End

Wickedly witty characters drive Sally Potter’s latest film.

Cillian Murphy joins <em>The Party</em>. Courtesy of Roadside Attractions
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The Trans-cendent ‘A Fantastic Woman’

The brilliant Chilean Oscar nominee actually lets a strong trans person play a lead trans role.

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Fallen Star

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool fails to capture the magic of actress Gloria Grahame.

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Chawick Boseman as Black Panther. Photo courtesy Marvel Studios

Serious Power

Black Panther builds a stunning sci-fi African world, but could use more comic book fun.

Chawick Boseman as Black Panther. Photo courtesy Marvel Studios

Sorry, Not Sorry

Lebanon’s Oscar-nominated The Insult captures the universality of devolving discourse.

Photo by Dave O’Leske / ‘Dirtbag’

Mountain of a Man

Dirtbag tells the true story of the obsessive and difficult mountaineering legend, Fred Beckey.

Photo by Dave O’Leske / ‘Dirtbag’
<em>The Shape of Water</em> image courtesy Fox Searchlight.

Academy Award Nomination Predictions and Dreams

The names we expect to be called at the Oscar nomination announcements (and ones that should be).

<em>The Shape of Water</em> image courtesy Fox Searchlight.
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Hope’s Curtain Call

The Final Year takes viewers inside the unsuspecting last days of the Obama administration.

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P.T. Anderson Steps Back From the Void with ‘Phantom Thread’

An exacting performance from Daniel Day-Lewis in this unconventional love story helps the director get back on track.

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‘I, Tonya’ Is Sympathetic, but Tone Deaf

Jeff Gillespie’s treatment just doesn’t take Harding seriously.