Stephanie Zacharek

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  • 3 days ago | Film Reviews

    Young people are the only ones who ever talk about growing old gracefully. For those actually in the thick of it, the romance of that notion burns off pretty quickly, and wrinkles and creaky joints are the least of it: Growing old, gracefully or o...

  • 3 days ago | Film Reviews

    A sense of humor will take you far in life, even along a daunting stretch of the Appalachian Trail. In his hugely popular 1998 book A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson chronicled his attempt to hike the full length of the trail, from Georgia to Maine...

  • Grandma opens with a breakup, a rather vicious one: Seventy-ish poet Elle (Lily Tomlin) is calling it quits with a younger woman we quickly ascertain is her girlfriend -- it's the sort of breakup where, believing you know where a...

  • 17 days ago | Film Reviews

    Even if you're the sort who believes there can be no such thing as too much political coverage, it can't hurt to cast a fond glance back to 1968, when only three networks — NBC, CBS and the perennial laggard ABC — jockeyed for the attention of the...

  • 17 days ago | Film Reviews

    In 2012, documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer made a splash with The Act of Killing, in which he sought out members of Indonesian killing squads, individuals who murdered thousands of innocent citizens accused of being communists after a milit...

  • An opening line can make or break a movie, but sometimes a clunker shouldn't be held against an otherwise sweet, well-observed picture. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's Ten Thousand Saints starts with a dud: "I've heard people...

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