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  • After years in limbo, Andy Serkis' Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle has swung over to Netflix, where damaged-goods studio castoffs like The Cloverfield Paradox get treated as events. But here's the good news: I found Mowgli...

  • It's been about a hot minute since we've had a lonely-hitman-finds-love movie. (Sure, there was Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here earlier this year, but that's more in the lonely-hitman-finds-redemption genre.) Asher is...

  • Upon its release, at a mall a 25-minute drive from my high school, I found seeing Steven Spielberg's much-garlanded and much-criticized 1993 Holocaust epic Schindler's List two parts wrenching to one part corny. The film was touched by its...

  • The writer-director shot Roma in chronological order, without showing the cast the script, unveiling it to the actors the same way it is for the audience, piece by piece, a chance to marinate in each moment as it plays out

  • It sets a host of alternative Spider-folk running amok in the New York City of Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, the mixed-race Spider-Man (his father is black and his mother Latinx) invented for the comics in 2011 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara...

  • ... It’s a mother’s story, with Yates following not just Flynn but also Meg McGarry, a filmmaker herself, who has been documenting for years her son’s culinary blossoming — and her encouragement

  • Imagine a 2018 Robin Hood done right: a real wealth-redistributing, anti-fascist hero fighting against a rich tyrant who uses political power to only get richer. That Robin Hood could have been a real hoot, some biting commentary...

  • Alice Rohrwacher's exquisite time-crossed fable Happy as Lazzaro sets a pastoral vision of Italy's past clashing with the reality of the present. This time, we meet the sharecropping peasants of the remote village of Inviolata, living...

  • Straight from the "Here's Why We Can't Have Nice Things" Department, Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown's vital United Skates works as a celebration, lament and exciting overview of its subject: the roller rink as African-American community...

  • Here's a man vs. nature sailing story with a significant difference. Rather than a rousing testament to the human spirit, James Marsh's The Mercy examines instead a failure to triumph, the kind of tragedy that rarely gets blown up into a...

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