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One day, drone camerawork will become a blasé part of filmmaking. Today, it is a burgeoning, exciting expansion of the production process, employed with dizzying exhilaration in Michael Bay’s … more
Adrian Lyne’s “Deep Water” puts the “psycho” in “psychological thriller.”  For his first feature film in 20 years, Lyne returns to the familiar … more
THE CN+R REVIEW | NEIL MORRIS While most 21st century films featuring Batman have cast him as a Caped Crusader or Dark Knight, writer-director Matt Reeves’s reboot/rehash, titled simply “The … more
It is high time to discuss Steven Soderbergh’s rank among the greatest American directors, certainly the most prolific. more
“Death on the Nile” is cinematic comfort food, an engrossing but breezy chamber piece with sufficient depth of setting and character. It’s a world that is fun to visit, and one I hope Branagh returns to in future sequels. more
Journalism professor Buck Ryan in Kentucky and English lecturer Lei Jiao in Wuhan, China, are back with their fifth film review for the News + Record, channeling the great Luigi Pirandello, known for … more
The through line running across writer-director Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Mothers” is the strength and resilience of mothers, often in the absence — voluntary and otherwise — of men. … more
Editor’s note: While news media obsess over U.S.-China relations, a little-known conflict was just resolved. Spoiler alert: Looks like Hollywood won this one. The battle over global box office … more
Best Film of 2021: ”The Power of the Dog” Writer-director Jane Champion tackles the American West in this engrossing dissection of everything from masculinity to class, sexism, sexuality and … more
Like most children, I grew up watching Disney movies. I kept a collection of DVD’s above my bedside packed with my favorites — “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Alice in … more
Hugging the line of limoscene liberalism, “Don’t Look Up” is unabashedly on the nose. It is a malady that plagued director Adam McKay’s last two films, the overrated “The Big Short” and … more
Fresh off disposing of a mysterious body in mysterious fashion, drifter Stan Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) wanders into the camp of a traveling carnival during the opening moments of director Guillermo … more
For her first feature film in over a decade, writer-director Jane Campion tackles the American West in “The Power of the Dog,” an engrossing dissection of everything from masculinity to class, … more
Yes, there are other seemingly more fitting actors than Nicole Kidman to portray Lucille Ball in writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos.” Jessica Chastain and Cate Blanchett (who … more
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
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
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
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