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In ‘Wildcat,’ who’s rescuing who?

Reading Time: 3 minutes This isn’t your kid’s Disney nature documentary. Nothing against that genre: I enjoy watching cute cavorting penguins or monkeys, accompanied by perky music. But Wildcat is something better, something deeper. In this excellent documentary by first-time feature directors Trevor Frost and Melissa Lesh, the stakes are higher. Survival of the eponymous ocelot isn’t guaranteed, and […]

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‘The Fabelmans’: Steven Spielberg’s origin story

Reading Time: 3 minutes As we’d expect from a master storyteller like Steven Spielberg, he expertly sets the table right at the start of his autobiographical film, The Fabelmans. His family is American, yet different. They’re nurturing, but decidedly nontraditional.. And movies, and their creation, will be the prism through which his proxy Sammy views the world, comprehends it, […]

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‘The Whale’ dives into religious trauma and other barriers to love

Reading Time: 4 minutes “People are incapable of not caring.” This is perhaps the most poignant line in Darren Aronofsky’s profound, empathic new film The Whale. I also think it’s true. Sadly, there are plenty of barriers to caring. Racism and sexism. Political othering. And, explored most deeply in The Whale, self-loathing and faith-based manipulation. If you allow this […]

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‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ excels as portrait of groundbreaking artist, activist

Reading Time: 3 minutes Laura Poitras’ latest film, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, truly has everything you could want from a great documentary. It’s got a fascinating, articulate—even heroic—subject at its heart, in photographer and activist Nan Goldin. Her intimate photos of East Coast queer culture, and domestic function and dysfunction, marry splendidly with recent footage of her […]

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‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ disappoints with its blandness

Reading Time: 3 minutes It should’ve been so much better. A film from Guillermo del Toro, director of the inventive, visually engrossing Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water. Stop-motion animation from Jim Henson’s studio. A soundtrack from Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat, the go-to music maker for Wes Anderson. Characters voiced by Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Ewan McGregor, John […]

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Comedy duo: ‘Triangle of Sadness’ and ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’

Reading Time: 4 minutes After a year short on laughs—in world affairs and at the cineplex—it’s welcome to have two excellent new comedies drop almost simultaneously. Don’t let the title deter you. Triangle of Sadness had me laughing out loud more than any film since 2020’s Borat sequel. As an added bonus, it has the best comedic vomiting sequence […]

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