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  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★½

    When Nicole Kidman appears at about the midpoint, you think for a while that the film is going to be able to successfully transition from its remarkably confident, documentarian first half into a successfully nuanced indie feelgood piece for the remainder. Kidman does all she can toward that end, but stars Dev Patel and Rooney Mara can’t help her. Their onscreen heft is too sleight and their chemistry too tepid. Worse, the script fails to offer them anything substantial to work with; there is virtually no depth and certainly no surprise to the way this story resolves itself.

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★½

    Really nice all around.

  • Random Harvest

    Random Harvest

    ★★★★

    Pure Hollywood pablum—but so expertly and exquisitely crafted, it's irresistible. Despite all my intellectual detachment, I sobbed shamelessly at the end.

  • The Right Stuff

    The Right Stuff

    ★★★★

    Rounded up from like 3.75 stars. Riddled with expository dialogue but so much else is done right, from the structure to the cinematography to the sound.

  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

    Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

    ★★★

    Best cinematic universe so far.

  • Red Beard

    Red Beard

    ★★★★

    Grabs you by the heartstrings and doesn’t let go for three hours.

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    The Hateful Seven or So at the motel from “Identity.”

  • Ocean's Eight

    Ocean's Eight

    ★½

    If People Magazine made a movie.

  • Zatôichi the Fugitive

    Zatôichi the Fugitive

    ★★

    Rote.

  • In the Fade

    In the Fade

    ★★½

    Average.

  • The Place Beyond the Pines

    The Place Beyond the Pines

    ★★½

    The first third is incredibly self-assured filmmaking, but the director can’t hold it together for the remainder.

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★

    Lonergan’s nuanced, careful observations on mundanity are impressive, but there is an air of grandiosity here that is frequently tedious.