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Violent Night brings holiday cheer and crushed skulls down the chimney
Santa Claus gets the Die Hard treatment with this dumb but fun action comedy.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover weaves a spell for the senses
Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre directs a lush & sensuous adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's classic romance.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special captures the season’s excesses
The MCU’s latest “Special Presentation” is an over-the-top mishmash of feelings, just like the Guardians and the holiday.
Nanny illustrates the horror of the American Dream with West African folklore
Nikyatu Jusu’s Sundance debut uses an immigrant story to reveal America’s darkest horrors.
The Fabelmans sees Steven Spielberg go introspective and incisive to stunning effect
The great director draws upon his life, and the lives of his late parents in a masterfully crafted and performed dramedy whose affection for its subjects is as clear-eyed as deep.
Disenchanted fails to conjure up an entertaining spell
Whether or not you’ve seen Enchanted, Disenchanted will feel like a formulaic retread of other fairy tale comedies.
FILMMAKER OF THE MONTH
Armageddon sees Michael Bay at his most Michael Bay, just before big changes
Bay's style reaches an apex in his humanity v. asteroid flick, which changed his reception forever.
The Rock remains a quality cornerstone of Michael Bay’s career
For one film, Michael Bay managed to wrangle all his fixations into popcorn nirvana.
Top of the Lake sees Campion go deep but narrow
Jane Campion's first television work in decades boasts masterful character work and a frustratingly blinkered perspective.
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November 19, 2022
Colin Stetson makes a meal out of The Menu’s disturbing score
The composer talks about building the culinary thriller one course at a time.
Slow Horses returns, darker and thornier than ever
AppleTV+’s tale of bad spies stops telling jokes, starts getting intense.
Willow is a bloated slog rather than a fantastical follow-up
Returning to the fantasy world for a Disney+ streaming series proves to be more frustrating than exciting.
Irreverent is the tale of a man out of place using storytelling from another time
Peacock’s fish out of water dramedy feels like a throwback to TV’s “Characters Welcome” era.
Shaq goes one-on-one with the Hall of Famer
The four-part self-serving but personal documentary covers O’Neal’s larger-than-life personality, his climb to being the best center in the NBA, and life after basketball.
Echo 3 proves a weak reverberation of its predecessors
AppleTV+’s hostage actioner strips the source material down to its most generic.
Wednesday brings back the dark charms of the Addams Family
Tim Burton directs a perfectly cast Jenna Ortega as Gomez & Morticia's daughter finding her way in a creepy & ooky world.
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