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Now on Netflix: THE FOUNDER

By at August 28, 2017 | 9:51 pm | 0 Comment

Now on Netflix: THE FOUNDER

4.5 / 5 stars Although the Weinstein Company chose to release their story of McDonald’s mastermind Ray Kroc during the annual winter freeze, that time in January and February when studios dump their lesser films, this profound biopic is far from a lesser film. The story of Kroc’s obsession with his piece of the American pie—or his fistful of fries, in this more...

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Now on Netflix: THE OA Review

By at April 3, 2017 | 9:46 pm | 0 Comment

Now on Netflix: THE OA Review

3.5 / 5 stars If you’ve seen Brit Marling act, you know that her strength – if you choose to call it that – is being overly emotive. Onscreen she is a deep feeler of feelings, a wrencher of guts. An even greater strength is Marling's ability to find or create projects that let her do her thing, requiring her to wrinkle a well-groomed brow or share a moment of more...

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Make Room for Daddy: TONI ERDMANN Film Review

By at February 12, 2017 | 8:52 pm | 0 Comment

Make Room for Daddy: TONI ERDMANN Film Review

4 / 5 stars I happened to see Toni Erdmann the same day it received a lot of American film press – not for its Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, but because a remake had just been announced, starring Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. That knowledge was a slight distraction, if only because it’s so easy to imagine the American stars inhabiting the same more...

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The 10 Best Films of 2016 and Where to Find Them

By at January 2, 2017 | 1:37 pm | 0 Comment

The 10 Best Films of 2016 and Where to Find Them

Over the 17 years I've been reviewing films and compiling Top Ten lists, I've never had trouble identifying my favorite film of the year. Until 2016. Perhaps it was the persistent haze hovering over a painfully strange year in culture and beyond, but no movie pushed its way to the fore of my brain. That doesn't mean my top choice for 2016 isn't as worthy as other No. 1s more...

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