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Christmas movies are as ubiquitous during December as wrapped gifts and twinkling lights. While bound by their yuletide milieu, Christmas films run the gambit of genres. Some audiences prefer the … more
Normally, relegating Venus and Serena Williams to supporting characters in their own origin story would be just cause for branding “King Richard” as parochial, if not outright misogynistic — it … more
Straddling the line between homage and revisionism, “The Harder They Fall” features forgotten figures to tell an old tale inside a burnished tableau. The opening title cards declare that while … more
Straddling the line between homage and revisionism, “The Harder They Fall” features forgotten figures to tell an old tale inside a burnished tableau. The opening title cards declare that … more
It is both trite and true to proclaim that “Eternals” may as well reference the perceived running time of the latest entry in the latest phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one bolstered thus … more
“The French Dispatch,” or more formally “The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas, Evening Sun,” is couched as writer-director Wes Anderson’s ode to print journalism and reportage, with … more
‘The Last Duel’ is a feast for eyes, not food for thought Director Ridley Scott wades back into the sword-and-sandal waters with “The Last Duel,” a gritty retelling of the … more
As the James Bond movie franchise has endured nearly 60 years, it has also labored to preserve its mythos while also remaining updated and relevant. The answer has mostly been that while the world … more
From its inadequate opening to its indulgent end, “Dear Evan Hansen” is a parody of teen angst, a film so unmoored from meaning that it hurls itself at the viewer like spaghetti to a wall, just … more
‘Tis the season for movies that seem to exist solely as awards vehicles for their lead actors. Two years ago it was Renée Zellweger in “Judy.” Last year saw Carey Mulligan in … more
The problem with the movie plot twist as a narrative device is that it has become too ubiquitous. They have become so expected among certain genres, particularly mysteries and horror flicks, that … more
Editor’s note: Journalism professor Buck Ryan and English lecturer Lei Jiao — based in Wuhan, China — are back with their third film review for the CN+R as they seek the holy grail of … more
The oft-discussed paradox of the otherwise revered 1992 horror film “Candyman” is that its titular villain, an apparition born of slave-era white atrocity, exacted his bloody retribution … more
A Frankenstein’s neo-noir, “Reminiscence” is a mélange of mystery and sci-fi tableaux. Written and directed by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy, the film is like “Chinatown” mashed up … more
“Respect” follows the music biopic playbook, starting with a film title that borrows its name from one of its subject’s well-known songs or lyrics, a la “Walk the Line,” “Get on Up,” … more
Airlifted in from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, writer-director James Gunn blends the zany irreverence of his “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise with the bleak nihilism largely scrubbed … more
Blunt and Rock repartee not enough to carry off-course ‘Jungle Cruise’ In “Jungle Cruise,” Dwayne Johnson plays a wisecracking, muscle-bound mariner who teams … more
It is a heady concept, but like most of Shyamalan’s oeuvre, “Old’s” ambitions outstrip its execution. Saddled by wooden dialogue and stilted acting, the disposable characters range from uninteresting to annoying. Shyamalan’s camera work — a swirl of acute angles, out of focus, slow-motion, tracking shots, and everything in between — adds to the disquieting sensation of the film until it starts to feel excessive. more
Space Jam: A New Legacy Grade: D+ Director: Malcolm D. Lee Starring: LeBron James, Don Cheadle and Cedric Joe MPAA Rating: PG Running Time: 1 hr. 55 min. Early on in “Space Jam: A … more
Coming after a decade of developmental dithering, “Black Widow” literally feels like adding insult to injury. Not only does the long-discussed and delayed standalone come after the Marvel title … more
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