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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
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American Made (2017)

Title: American MadeDirected by: Doug LimenWritten by: Gary Spinelli As a child of the 1980s, I was repeatedly told to say “no” to drugs. Our school had the D.A.R.E program, and we watched a variety of anti-drug after-school specials. There was a rather cute D.A.R.E. dog which…
November 17, 2017
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Logan Lucky (2017)

Title: Logan Lucky Director: Steven Soderbergh Screenplay: Rebecca Blunt Music by: David Holmes Producers: Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson For two hours, “Logan Lucky” offers many fine ,jazz-like riffs on the familiar melodies of the heist-movie plot. Its reworkings of those melodies bring…
September 21, 2017
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The Dark Tower (2017)

Title: The Dark Tower Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel Written by: Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinker, Anders Thomas Jensen, Nikolaj Arcel Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor Music: Junkie XL In a just world, consumers would receive refunds for The Dark Tower. The movie deserves long lines of protestors standing outside…
August 24, 2017