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The Good Nurse Review: Another Good Jessica Chastain Performance Can’t Make Up for a Bad Script

September 21, 2022 | By
<i>The Good Nurse</i> Review: Another Good Jessica Chastain Performance Can’t Make Up for a Bad Script

Fresh off of her well-deserved Oscar win for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Jessica Chastain plays another undeniably sympathetic character in the upcoming Netflix thriller The Good Nurse, which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Chastain plays Amy Loughren, a single mother with a life-threatening condition who nonetheless works as an ICU... »

The Banshees of Inisherin Review: Martin McDonagh Milks Grim Laughs From Irish Pain and Sadness

September 20, 2022 | By
<i>The Banshees of Inisherin</i> Review: Martin McDonagh Milks Grim Laughs From Irish Pain and Sadness

Do you ever feel like you just want to be left the eff alone for no discernible reason other than you have simply had enough? Would you be willing to cut off your proverbial nose to spite your face in order to achieve that level of hermitage? These are the questions posed by director... »

The Woman King Review: Viola Davis Delivers as Royal African Warrior in Sony’s Historical Epic

September 16, 2022 | By
<i>The Woman King</i> Review: Viola Davis Delivers as Royal African Warrior in Sony’s Historical Epic

Before the TIFF world premiere of The Woman King, Viola Davis called the historical epic her magnum opus, and while many film festival intros feature exaggerated hyperbole, Davis isn’t prone to such talk, as the no-nonsense actress means business, much like her latest character. The Woman King takes place in the West African kingdom... »

The Fabelmans Review: Steven Spielberg Takes on His Love of Movies With This “Instant Classic” Based on His Own Childhood

September 14, 2022 | By
<i>The Fabelmans</i> Review: Steven Spielberg Takes on His Love of Movies With This “Instant Classic” Based on His Own Childhood

There are no living directors (and perhaps not even dead ones) who can combine the utter originality of Steven Spielberg’s projects with his pinpoint perfection when it comes to technical and emotional moviemaking. Few filmmakers have been able to so entertain audiences, while wowing them with effects and adventure, pulling at the emotional heartstrings,... »

Glass Onion Review: Too Many Convoluted Layers Nearly Rot Netflix’s Star-Studded Knives Out Sequel 

September 11, 2022 | By
<i>Glass Onion</i> Review: Too Many Convoluted Layers Nearly Rot Netflix’s Star-Studded <i>Knives Out</i> Sequel 

Great, timeless detectives are hard to come by, and many world-renowned authors have tried but failed to achieve Sherlock Holmes/Hercule Poirot-levels of gumshoe immortality. It is too soon to tell whether Rian Johnson’s Benoit Blanc, played with sarcastic aplomb by Daniel Craig in the Knives Out movies, will become an icon among movie detectives or... »

The Inspection Review: Jeremy Pope Anchors a Searing Portrait of Masculinity and Homophobia

September 10, 2022 | By
<i>The Inspection</i> Review: Jeremy Pope Anchors a Searing Portrait of Masculinity and Homophobia

The Inspection is a new film from A24 that plays like a cross between the first half of Full Metal Jacket and the studio’s own Best Picture winner Moonlight. Written and directed by Elegance Bratton, who based the script on his own experiences in the military, The Inspection stars Jeremy Pope as Ellis French,... »

Empire of Light Review: Olivia Colman Shines in Sam Mendes’ Nostalgic Ode to the Power of Love and Cinema

September 9, 2022 | By
<i>Empire of Light</i> Review: Olivia Colman Shines in Sam Mendes’ Nostalgic Ode to the Power of Love and Cinema

Director Sam Mendes returns to the big screen with Empire of Light, which he described at the Telluride Film Festival world premiere as his most personal film yet. The film stars Oscar winner Olivia Colman as Hilary Small, who manages a local movie theater in a Southern English coastal town. Eventually, Hilary develops a... »

Tár Review: A Brilliant Cate Blanchett Tackles Cancel Culture and Powerful Women With Help From Director Todd Field

September 8, 2022 | By
Tár Review: A Brilliant Cate Blanchett Tackles Cancel Culture and Powerful Women With Help From Director Todd Field

Two-thirds of the way through the 160-minute runtime of Cate Blanchett’s new festival vehicle Tár, the titular protagonist Lydia Tár is seen with her face bloodied, her eye swollen, and her nose broken. She is battered because of an excursion gone wrong, but that is beside the point — these broken features are emblematic... »

Women Talking Review: Sarah Polley’s Exquisite Drama Shows No Fear in Taking on the Patriarchy

September 7, 2022 | By
<i>Women Talking</i> Review: Sarah Polley’s Exquisite Drama Shows No Fear in Taking on the Patriarchy

Canadian director Sarah Polley (Away With Her, Take This Waltz) has made her best film yet with Women Talking, the first feature she has directed in a decade. The movie had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival last week, and it’s based on Miriam Toews‘ 2018 novel, which follows eight Mennonite women... »

Bardo Review: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Deeply Personal Biopic Is Moving But Rambling 

September 7, 2022 | By
<i>Bardo</i> Review: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Deeply Personal Biopic Is Moving But Rambling 

Kudos to director Alejandro González Iñárritu for bravely bucking the “90 minutes is too long to sit still” trend that defines our restless, unfocused generations. His new film Bardo (or False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths) — the title itself augurs length — screened this past week at both the Venice and Telluride... »