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  • The sequel to 2015’s hit Kingsman: The Secret Service won’t make you feel the urgent need to take a shower and/or throw up, like the original probably did. Believe it or not, that’s not always a good thing. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Matthew...

  • There’s no delicate way to say this, so I’ll just spit it out. I spent the first 10 minutes of Stronger, David Gordon Green’s eventually potent drama of trauma and recovery, trying to work out whether star Jake Gyllenhaal was intending to suggest...

  • The tragic truth remains that all it takes in America for a white person to get away with killing a black person is for the white person to convince the right people -- a judge, a jury, a prosecutor -- of his or her own fear. If a white person is...

  • It would have been easy for Angelina Jolie's adaptation of Cambodian genocide survivor Loung Ung's 2000 memoir to go ruthlessly and repeatedly for the emotional jugular. First They Killed My Father is, after all, the story of a young girl...

  • Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards offers an affectionate (if not particularly probing) documentary portrait of a fashion icon. Manolo Blahnik, a top designer of high-end shoes since the early '70s, relays his life story, guiding...

  • LA Weekly film critic April Wolfe is reporting for us from the Toronto International Film Festival. Writer-director Dee Rees is breaking all the rules with her third feature, Mudbound. In film school, they tell you, “No voiceovers,” yet this...

  • L.A. Weekly film critic April Wolfe is reporting for us from the Toronto International Film Festival. Filmmaking is not a poor man’s game. Even as digital cameras get cheaper, making a festival-worthy film still requires dough to get off the...

  • Paving the way for acteurism, the great critic Boyd McDonald, in a 1984 hymn to Richard Widmark, said that the performer "demonstrates the importance of the movie star over the movie and thus the importance of star reviews over mere movie...

  • Too few biopics of larger-than-life artists have found the techniques — such as the radically kaleidoscopic storytelling of Todd Haynes's Dylan rumination, I'm Not There — to penetrate their subjects' mythic personas and...

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