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  • David Thorpe's breezy, insightful doc answers its title's question before it's even begun. Thorpe, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, reads the names of the film's production companies before the opening credits, and there's little doubt about it -- he...

  • 13 days ago | Film Reviews

    Whiskery and restless, grooving and grotesque, the documentarian Les Blank's long ­suppressed film A Poem Is a Naked Person plays like your memories of some mad, stoned last­ century summer. Commissioned by the boogie­-woogie piano bluesman Leon R...

  • Whiskery and restless, grooving and grotesque, the documentarian Les Blank's long-suppressed film plays like your memories of some mad, stoned last-century summer. Commissioned by the boogie-woogie piano bluesman Leon Russell, who is more this...

  • 20 days ago | Film Reviews

    There's no reverie Alonso Ruizpalacios' Güeros can't shatter, no presumed truth it can't complicate, no expectation of closure it won't dash. Set in Mexico City during 1999's 292-day student strike at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, t...

  • 20 days ago | Film Reviews

    Above all else, a movie built around a star promises presence, and in Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes, that promise is dual: Here are 104 minutes with the great Ian McKellen, for once not casting spells, controlling magnetism, or classing up script pages...

  • 20 days ago

    If you were to hear there's a new street-crime revenge thriller that pairs a grown-up recent Oscar nominee/beloved TV star with Jennifer Lopez, you would probably respond, "This must be January" and "Even if it's terrible, that movie will make ser...

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