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  • The Painter and the Thief

    The Painter and the Thief

    ★★★★★

    Is there a word for cinema that lures you in with a dark promise, then delivers something profound, surprising, and humane instead? When I first saw the trailer for The Painter and The Thief, I thought I had its number, having seen myriad of true-crime docs. The tantalizing trailer teased a tale of two sides: the painter and the thief. I assumed theirs would be a story of victim and criminal, hero and villain, saint and sinner. However, what documentarian Benjamin Ree offers is far more compelling and so exhilarating that made me relish being wrong....

    www.riotmaterial.com/painter-and-thief-true-crime-bait-and-switch/

  • The Trip to Greece

    The Trip to Greece

    ★★½

    The Trip To Greece is to be the final of Michael Winterbottom’s faux-documentary travel series, which partners Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon for a scenic tour of luxurious restaurants in enviable locales. And thank God, because after four “Trips” the magic is gone....


    crookedmarquee.com/trip-to-greece-review/

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    “I wrote this while going through a break-up,” Ari Aster said at the special advance screening of Midsommar. “I’m better now.”

    The filmmaker’s darkly humorous confession played well to the crowd at Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where press and select members of the public gathered to see Aster’s hotly anticipated follow-up to his wildly praised debut, Hereditary. As the crowd chuckled at Aster’s softly spoken introduction, a mix of excitement and anxiety hung in the air. With his first film,…

  • The Lovebirds

    The Lovebirds

    ★★★½

    For years, Kumail Nanjiani has played comedic sidekicks, delivering one-liners with a smirk or an eye-roll to hysterical effect. Meanwhile, Issa Rae's been slaying as the lead on her comedy series, Insecure. Now, this charismatic pair has teamed up for their biggest film roles to date in the action rom-com The Lovebirds. This is their moment to shine. They know it, and they refuse to waste a single second, delivering a hilarious, heartwarming, and pulse-pounding romp....



    www.ign.com/articles/netflixs-the-lovebirds-review