Film Reviews

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

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.

P.T. Anderson Steps Back From the Void with ‘Phantom Thread’
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The Second Paddington Is Filled With Slapstick and Spirit

And a lot of well-known faces.

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‘I, Tonya’ Is Sympathetic, but Tone Deaf

‘I, Tonya’ Is Sympathetic, but Tone Deaf

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

‘I, Tonya’ Is Sympathetic, but Tone Deaf
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‘Darkest Hour’ Aims for an Oscar, but Misses Badly

Gary Oldman and company don’t do the moment justice.

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Alexander Payne Delivers an Incredible Shrinking Film

Alexander Payne Delivers an Incredible Shrinking Film

With Downsizing, the director continues his exploration of humanity’s foibles in a very different filmic universe.

Alexander Payne Delivers an Incredible Shrinking Film
The Highfalutin’ Fantasy of ‘Call Me by Your Name’

The Highfalutin’ Fantasy of ‘Call Me by Your Name’

The latest from director James Ivory is a tad pretentious, very smart, and plenty beautiful.

The Highfalutin’ Fantasy of ‘Call Me by Your Name’
Frances McDormand plays Mildred Hayes in one of the year’s best, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’ Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

The Movies That Mattered in 2017

Tribalism aside, it was a banner year for film.

Frances McDormand plays Mildred Hayes in one of the year’s best, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’ Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox
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Ferdinand Is Too Big for Its Bullring

The modern take on the classic children’s story fails when stretched to feature length.

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Things Get Messy in ‘On the Beach at Night Alone’

Things Get Messy in ‘On the Beach at Night Alone’

The latest from Hong Sang-soo is engaging, but maybe a little too real.

Things Get Messy in ‘On the Beach at Night Alone’
‘Wonder Wheel’ Needs Room to Breathe

‘Wonder Wheel’ Needs Room to Breathe

Woody Allen’s latest is filled with dialogue, but what is it really saying?

‘Wonder Wheel’ Needs Room to Breathe
Thelma. Courtesy of SF Studios Norway

‘Thelma’ Delivers a Scandinavian Version of the Devil You Know

The latest from Joachim Trier borrows liberally from its inspiration and finds its terror in the smaller moments.

Thelma. Courtesy of SF Studios Norway
Falling in Love With ‘Jane’

Falling in Love With ‘Jane’

A fawning documentary gives us an uncritical look at a remarkable icon.

Falling in Love With ‘Jane’
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A Visual Marvel, ‘The Breadwinner’ Is a Little Too Heavy-Handed

The lessons in Cartoon Saloon’s latest are valuable ones, but the story suffers because of them.

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