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Dark Comedy ‘Barry’ Dazzles in Series Opener

Bill Hader stars as a reluctant hitman in his fab new show on HBO. Read story.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

‘Itzhak’ Gives Glimpse Into Violinist Itzhak Perlman’s Life

Director Alison Chernick presents a touching and persuasive documentary on the celebrity virtuoso. Read story.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

‘Wrinkle in Time’ Is an Empowerment Powerhouse

Replete with beautiful backdrops and stunning effects, this story possesses both significance and magic. Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

‘Ramen Heads’ Takes Viewers on Mouth Watering Journey

Japanese documentary delves into the specialized world of legendary gourmet ramen makers. Read story.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

‘Thoroughbreds’ Portrays Contradictory Impulses of Affirmation and Destruction

Film homes in on the primitive and the savage at the core of WASP affluence. Read story.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

‘Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy’ Is Dreamy and Visually Gorgeous

Thomas Riedelsheimer’s documentary paints a portrait of an artist who continues to evolve and invent. Read story.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

‘The Party’ Tells of a Soiree Gone Wrong

The dark comedy posits that “right” and “wrong” are not always black and white, even though it may seem that way. Read story.

Friday, March 9, 2018

‘Oh Lucy!’ Goes Dark Before the Light Comes in Again

The film tells of a woman coming apart and looking for a way back into normality that has suddenly morphed. Read story.

Friday, March 9, 2018

‘Wormwood’ Probes Mysterious Death of CIA Biological Warfare Scientist

Errol Morris’s docudrama scrutinizes the alleged suicide of Frank Olson, who was found dead outside N.Y.C.’s Hotel Statler in 1953, having fallen from a 13th-floor window. Read story.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

‘The Insult’ Tackles Simmering Socio-Ethnic Rage Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian

Courtroom drama moves far beyond the trivial insult that serves as kindling for simmering socio-ethnic rage. Read story.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

‘Game Night’ Is Suspenseful and Side-Splittingly Funny

Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s film is an exceptional story of dramatic irony. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

‘Annihilation’ Is Equal Parts Absorbing, Terrifying, and Discombobulating

Sci-fi horror film swings through its visual achievements and storytelling failures so fast it’ll leave your brain cramped and exhausted by the end. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

‘Early Man’ Is Centered on the Rediscovered Origins of Football

Though the film took zillions of pains-taking hours to make, it would have worked better if shorter. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

‘The 15:17 to Paris’ Reenacts 2015 Terrorist Attack

Clint Eastwood directs the three American heroes who helped subdue a gunman on a train to Paris. Read story.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

‘Winchester’ Offers Engrossing, Eerie Viewing

Helen Mirren stars in the story of the ghosts of the infamous “Mystery House.” Read story.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
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