Review

Tár: If An Artist Moves Mountains But Has Not Love, She Is Nothing

TÁR may be a 158-minute movie, but it starts rolling its credits at the beginning of the film. Not the usual type of opening credits, listing the names of movie stars and the director. Rather, TÁR begins with what movie industry folks call “below-the-line” credits, showing the names of orchestra musicians and the various studio personnel. Most movies …

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Jeff Anderson as Randal and Brian O’Halloran as Dante in Clerks III. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lionsgate

Review: Clerks III Gives Dead-End Wage Labor Its Due

“I’m not even supposed to be here today.” That oft-repeated phrase from the original Clerks perfectly sums up the ethos of the 1994 movie. It comes via Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran), a twenty-two-year-old Quick Stop clerk who feels an overwhelming sense of responsibility toward his job (but not so much toward the women he dates). The …

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Daniel Kaluuya as OJ Haywood in Nope

Nope Makes a Scene

A man walks into a desert amphitheater, his red cowboy suit clashing against a cloudy sky. As a computer pumps an orchestral score through strategically placed speakers, he turns to address a scattered crowd. “For the past six months, my family and I have borne witness to an absolute spectacle,” he announces, emphasizing “spectacle.” A …

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Final Destination 5

Why Final Destination 5 Is the Best Movie in the Franchise

Olivia Castle (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) knows things are about to be bad. Despite her doctor’s kind assurances that her laser eye surgery is routine and harmless, despite the stuffed bear she clutches, Olivia cannot help but shudder. Strapped to a table, her head held still and her eyelids pulled open, Olivia only grows more agitated. …

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Review: Pig Paints a Quiet and Absurd Portrait of Grief

Approximately nine minutes into Pig, Nicolas Cage speaks his first lines of dialogue. His character, the bedraggled truffle hunter Robin, has been on screen for the entire film. But he has remained silent as he tramps through the Oregon forest, even refusing to talk when his contact Amir (Alex Wolff), who drove to Robin’s sparse cabin in yellow …

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REVIEW: Black Widow Arrives Right On Time to Set Off the MCU\’s Fourth Phase

At this point, it would be tempting to say that Black Widow has arrived too late. Not only has COVID pushed its release from May 2020 to July 2021, but it feels like the character should have had her movie already. Natasha Romanov aka the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) has been in the MCU since 2010\’s Iron …

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