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  • If you were to hear that there's a new street-crime revenge thriller that pairs up a grown-up recent Oscar nominee/beloved TV star with Jennifer Lopez, you would probably respond, "Even if it's terrible, that movie will make serious money." But...

  • Above all else, a movie built around a star promises presence, and in Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes that promise is dual: Here's 100 or so minutes with the great Ian McKellen, for once not casting spells, controlling magnetism, or...

  • We may not need another hero, but true believers don't need to shrink-ray their expectations. Ant-Man is the first Marvel film -- and the first of this summer's pixels-go-kablooey time-wasters -- to get better as it goes. The filmmakers...

  • 19 days ago

    Above all else, a movie built around a star promises presence, and in Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes that promise is dual: Here’s 100 or so minutes with the great Ian McKellen, for once not casting spells, controlling magnetism, or classing up script pa...

  • 19 days ago

    We may not need another hero, but true believers don't need to shrink-ray their expectations. Ant-Man is the first Marvel film — and the first of this summer's pixels-go-kablooey time-wasters — to get better as it goes. The filmmakers save their b...

  • One of the nastiest tricks the bastards ever played was to convince artists that it's best never to be strident. Nina Simone's still-vital "Mississippi Goddam," from 1964, is a grimly jaunty showtune, an uneasy experiment in which the song's form...

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