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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Title: Blade Runner 2049Directed by: Denis VilleneuveFilm series: Blade Runner Film SeriesScreenplay: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green In the season of “Flatliners” and “It” being remade and released, “Blade Runner 2049” is yet another recent offering of 1980s pop-culture nostalgia. It’s a $155 million work of fan-fiction that…
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October 18, 2018
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The Rider (2017)

Title: The Rider Written and Directed by: Chloe Zhao Starring: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lisa Jandreau, Lane Scott Music by: Nathan Halpern The Rider ends with the sentence, “Don’t give up on your dreams.” Had you told me that before I saw it, I would have dismissed…
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June 30, 2018
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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Title: Solo: A Star Wars Story Directed by: Ron Howard Written by: Jonathan Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, and Joonas Suotamo Music by: John Powell Solo, the new Disney Star Wars movie, begins with a flash of light. Then the screen goes…
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June 2, 2018
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Chappaquiddick (2017)

Title: ChappaquiddickDirected by: John CurranWritten by: Taylor Allen and Andrew LoganStarring: Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Jim GaffiganMusic by: Garth Stevenson Published on: May 19, 2018 Democracy is a fickle beast. Sometimes, serial adulterers and bombastic liars can become or remain mayors, governors, Senators, and Presidents. Sometimes, these politicians can survive…
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May 19, 2018
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A Quiet Place (2018)

Title: A Quiet Place Directed by: John Krasinski Written by: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmons, Noah Jupe Music by: Marco Beltrami "A Quiet Place” did something at the movie theater that I have never witnessed before. It made a large group…
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May 5, 2018
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Ready Player One (2018)

Title: Ready Player One Directed by: Steven Spielberg Written by: Zak Penn and Ernest Cline Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg Music by: Alan Silvestri If at the end of a movie I feel stupider than when it started, I figure that…
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April 27, 2018
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Game Night (2018)

Title: Game Night Directed by: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein Written by: Mark Perez Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, Kyle Chandler, Lamorne Morgan, Kylie Bunbury Music by: Cliff Martinez From its opening shot, “Game Night” knows exactly what it is: an escapist…
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March 9, 2018
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The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

Title: The 15:17 to Paris Directed by: Clint Eastwood Written by: Dorothy Blyskal Starring: Alek Skarlato, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer Music by: Christian Jacob The best thing I can say about Clint Eastwood’s new movie, “The 15:17 to Paris,” is that it…
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February 13, 2018
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Hostiles (2018)

Title: HostilesWritten and Directed by: Scott CooperStarring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Jesse PlemonsMusic by: Max Richter “The essential American soul is fundamentally hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer” (D.H. Lawrence). Also charitable. Maybe cruel. Possibly, deeply empathetic. After one viewing of “Hostiles,” anyone might append those…
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February 9, 2018
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Darkest Hour (2017)

Title: Darkest HourDirected by: Joe Wright Written by: Anthony McCarten Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James Music by: Dario Marianelli Picture Winston Churchill. Pudgy, old, cigar in hand, sporting pajamas in bed, with brandy and bacon on a breakfast tray, yelling…
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January 25, 2018
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Downsizing (2017)

Title: Downsizing Directed by: Alexander Payne Written by: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor Starring: Matt Damon, Christopher Waltz, Hong Chau I suspect that if I were very big, as Book One of Gulliver’s Travels allows me to imagine, I would want to be small again. Yet my children…
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January 8, 2018
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Three Billboards (2017)

Title: Three BillboardsDirectors: Martin McDonaghScreenplay: Martin McDonaghStarring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Lucas Hedges, Caleb Landry JonesMusic: Carter Burwell They got the odd, plain title of this movie, every word of it, just right. They also made one of the best films of the year. You…
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December 29, 2017