Chris Packham

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  • Sometimes, Extinction is a zombie apocalypse story; mostly, it's a meditation on isolation, redemption, and family that could, in its basic outline, be satisfyingly told outside of its genre. But then you wouldn't get to see a zombie horde...

  • Using a slavery narrative to advance an unrelated agenda is pretty tasteless, bordering on offensive. The product of an "inspirational" production house, a white director, and an Asian-American screenwriter who once wrote a film that was actually...

  • "Some things are easier if you can sleep through them," sleepyhead Dakota Fanning tells Elizabeth Banks's weary detective in what probably amounts to the mission statement posted outside the production trailer for Every Secret Thing. An...

  • Any Day is blessed with a proliferation of odd details, but writer-director Rustam Branaman doesn't seem to realize how strange they are, or how interesting they could have been if heightened a little. For instance: Of all the challenges...

  • Even though the desire to be understood and forgiven is universal and worthy of consideration, it is so hard to address in narrative without lapsing into cornball sentimentalism or the wispy epiphanies that keep Ira Glass rolling in Ford...

  • Chinese and Italian cuisines in America recall the traditions of homelands to which their practitioners can return. Not so with the Jewish traditions of Eastern Europe that inform delicatessens; those communities were destroyed in the Holocaust....

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