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  • It’s easy to think, based on the marketing, that the first feature film from acclaimed comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will be a hundred minutes of an adorable kitten dressed in a do-rag and gold chain for easy laughs, but Keanu is...

  • The issue of sex trafficking is so serious, a horror whose global reach is so staggering, that it feels churlish to do anything but praise projects shining a light on it. But Sold, written by Joseph Kwong and Jeffrey Brown (who also...

  • If nothing else, Captain America: Civil War stands as something of a corrective to this spring’s other superheroes-bludgeoning-each-other opus, Batman v Superman. While that film was severe and downcast, Civil War is expansive, at times even...

  • The lure of everything Cuba is strong. It’s in the news, on top of everyone’s travel list and in our movie theaters. But the recent films about Cuba aren't exports from the still-embargoed country. Most come from visiting filmmakers. Irish...

  • Is it too much to ask that all these holiday-themed rom-coms — Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve and now Mother's Day — one day merge with the Halloween movies? Michael Myers might be the only one in either franchise with a truly cutting...

  • Outsider filmmakers often bring to their work an outsider's curiosity. Irish director Paddy Breathnach captures a gorgeous portrait of Cuba with his drama Viva, but it fails to deeply connect with the culture it portrays. Here, the imagery...

  • After he saw a Clairol commercial that declared, "Blonds have more fun," David Hockney immediately went out to bleach his hair and has been blond ever since, for decades. Another time, he decided to rent out a billboard across the street from one...

  • In this hushed, prickling drama, Laura Bispuri creates and erases binaries with every swivel of the camera, drawing out whole stories from soft glances, silences, shadows and the loom of the Northern Albanian mountains, the hard faces of men....

  • "The tale is not beautiful if nothing is added to it" reads the Tuscan proverb Italo Calvino quoted in his study Italian Folktales. In director Matteo Garrone's vision of Giambattista Basile's Neapolitan fairy stories, Tale of...

  • There's an old comedy trick where a writer throws two polar opposites into an enclosed space and watches the sparks fly. It's called Neil Simoning, and it's the only trick Chuck Lorre ever learned. So far, nobody's tried Neil Simoning the...

  • Careful what you wish for. When it was announced that Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt would be joining Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth for the follow-up to 2012's humdrum action-fairy-tale Snow White and the Huntsman, many filmgoers,...

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