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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
December 29, 2017