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Wonder Woman 1984

Remember way back last year when the WW84 trailer came out? It was fantastic, full-pie perfection! To a thumping remix of New Order’s “Blue Monday,” the trailer was a perfectly cut teaser giving us glimpses of our beloved Diana Prince kicking ass interspersed with her in glamorous 80s outfits, cut down to here and up …

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Promising Young Woman

Carey Mulligan has had an interesting career. Apple-cheeked and appealing, she often plays nice, strong-willed women, often in period pieces. In Promising Young Woman, you can see she is having a great time, as she finally gets to play a bad girl. The opening scene sets the tone as staggering drunk Cassie (Mulligan) is slouched …

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Wander Darkly

We barely have met couple Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna) before they get into a horrific car crash after an unpleasant date night. We know enough that they are young and beautiful, and share their lives with a house and a newborn baby—but no wedding ring, which seems to be stubbornly agreed upon …

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Sylvie’s Love

I’ll give credit where credit is due: Sylvie’s Love is a gorgeous-looking, gorgeous-sounding movie. It is a fresh twist on classic romantic melodramas, with an extremely attractive black cast set in a glossy, soft-focused Harlem. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson) and Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha) meet cute at a record store. She helps out her father at the …

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Crock of Gold – A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan

Once upon a time, a group of extraordinarily talented young musicians married traditional Irish music with a punk rock attitude helping to revitalize a wounded Ireland’s international popularity in the process. The Pogues recorded a handful of brilliant albums, and toured the world several times over. At the height of their success, an overwhelmed lead …

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Collective

It is not very often that I have felt a full-body shudder of horror from watching something on screen. But early in the documentary Collective, about the investigation and cover up following the deaths of dozens of people in a rock club fire, there is video footage from one of the club-goers. A metal band …

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Ammonite

In the same way that World War I and II movies always seem sepia-toned, movies from coastal England always seem perpetually awash in chilly and dim deep grays and blues. In the 1840s era of Ammonite, everyone’s clothing looks eternally damp, the lighting is cloud-filtered or barely illuminated by candlelight. It is not hard to …

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Sound of Metal

A couple years ago, I abruptly lost my hearing as a strange side effect to a sinus issue. I was probably only hearing at a level of about 20%. Co-workers would tell me that they would said hi to me, but I’d walk right by them, clueless. I’d be in meetings where I’d be completely …

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Uncle Frank

Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) is the mysterious, smart, well-read favorite uncle of his teenage niece Beth (Sophia Lillis) in early 1970s South Carolina. She can’t figure out why her grandfather (Stephen Root) is so hostile and dismissive towards his oldest son, while the rest of the sprawling family avoid asking Frank too much about his …

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Let Him Go

At first Margaret and George Blackledge might be confused for Clark Kent’s parents. After all, they are played by Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, both looking comfortably weathered like a favorite sweater. Their rural Montana home would be a retro dream for an urban hipster wanting a little bit of country, but it turns out …

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