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Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge will make you cry in Sea...

We gave it a B+ As the audience begins to take their seats in the Public Theater’s Newman Theatre, actor Tom Sturridge quietly takes the stage, placing objects around the space that only holds a piano and a small dresser. He’s deep in thought as he pours himself what appears to be a beer and…

What Men Want delivers some fun but leaves us wanting: EW review

For the past few weeks, Los Angeles has been dotted with jewel-colored billboards for What Men Want, a gender-swapped remake of the 2000 Nancy Meyers film that starred someone whose name I just can’t seem to think of at the moment. These billboards advertise the film’s stars, Taraji P. Henson and Tracy Morgan, and feature the tagline:…

The Age of Light is historical fiction at its finest: EW...

Like well-trained children at the dinner table, muses are generally meant to be seen, not heard. And looking at Lee Miller was enough to captivate legendary men — her cool blond beauty painted by Picasso, molded into a living statue by Jean Cocteau, and immortalized, most famously, in hundreds of photographs by her lover and collaborator…

Pete Davidson is a good bad influence in Big Time Adolescence:...

We gave it a B Everyone who ever went to high school remembers that guy: the one who always knew where the party was, even if he couldn’t find homeroom on a map. The one who was kind of a burnout and kind of cool and then he graduated and just… stuck around. He’s the…

Lorena can’t quite cut through the tabloid noise: EW review

The Lorena Bobbitt case encompasses a multitude of issues that are equally relevant today, 26 years later: the tyranny of the 24-hour news cycle; the fear and shame that keep women from reporting abuse; the dangerous allure of instant celebrity; and above it all, our endless, unhealthy appetite for tawdry tabloid scandals — especially when…

In Piercing, Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska play S&M cat-and-mouse games:...

We gave it a B- Clocking in at a lean and very mean 81 minutes, writer-director Nicolas Pesce’s follow-up to his grim 2016 black-and-white arthouse chiller The Eyes of My Mother is a sick-joke psychological cat-and-mouse game with just enough twists to keep you on your toes. Based on a novel by Ryu Murakami, best known…

Velvet Buzzsaw is fun, splattery art-world camp with Jake Gyllenhaal: Sundance...

We gave it a B Is there anything more ripe for the cinematic Venn diagram of horror, comedy, and camp than the world of high-end contemporary art? (Aside from child beauty pageants, maybe, or current American politics.) In Velvet Buzzsaw, writer-director Dan Gilroy reunites with his Nightcrawler star Jake Gyllenhaal for a sort of gleeful…

In The Lego Movie 2, everything is still awesome, just a...

Being a father of 5-year-old twins in a rainy part of the country means that you clock a lot of time indoors suffering through mediocre animated movies like The Boss Baby and Cars 3. Maybe that’s why I’ve always regarded Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s The Lego Movie as a godsend. When this absurdly meta, helter-skelter-paced…

Native Son is a raw, lyrical Richard Wright retelling: Sundance review

In the opening minutes of Native Son, a young black man named Bigger (Ashton Sanders) is getting ready to meet the day; he checks his hair, picks out a shirt, and pulls a pistol out of his dresser drawer, setting it gently on top of copy of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. It’s a telling nod…

Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano are a winning pair in Broadway’s...

We gave it a B+ Don’t come to True West hungry. If you do, be warned that somewhere in midst of Act 2, you’ll have to endure the image (and if you’re close enough, the aroma) of a not-insignificant amount of toast being made. Yes, toast. That smell, and the eventual fate of those crisped…
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