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A.I. Artificial Intelligence and the love that makes a real boy
At 20, the Stanley Kubrick Steven Spielberg science-fiction collaboration “A.I.” remains a moving, haunting study of the human heart.
Old has lots of life but lacks growth
M. Night Shyamalan's latest is technically well made but stretched too thin due to an overinflated ensemble and wonky pacing.
“Mandibles” is silly but doesn’t have much to say
Quentin Dupieux's farce about a pair of slackers stuck taking care of a giant fly has some inspired moments, and not much else.
Hydra Blu-ray review: strong acting, great fights, killer mood
Hydra, from master action director Kensuke Sonomura, boasts both thrilling duels between lethal assassins and warm, skillful character work.
Fear Street Part 3: 1666 concludes the trilogy on a scary thoughtful note
Director Leigh Janiak delivers both catharsis and frights in wrapping up the Fear Street saga.
Pig is a parable with a surprising amount on its mind
Michael Sarnoski's feature debut is a slow burn about connection and commodification anchored by deeply felt work from Nicolas Cage.
Space Jam: A New Legacy is an ice-cream headache of corporate nostalgia
Warner Bros. makes a feature-length commercial for itself that does an adrift LeBron James, and HBO Max's back catalog of bizarre creations, a grave injustice.
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July 16, 2021
Reza Safinia on Warrior and the links between meditation and music
The composer and multi-instrumentalist breaks down his score for the Bruce Lee-inspired action series, and his dual albums Yin and Yang.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation has the power to make Eternia feel new again
With Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Kevin Smith re-launches He-Man by building on the original cartoon without being consumed by it.
The Loki finale: a god of mischief & a deal with the Devil
The Disney+ series concludes (for now) on a mindbending cliffhanger that asks: what do you do when you no longer have glorious purpose?
Dr. Death is an addicting crime drama with surgical precision
Based on the popular podcast, the 8-part Peacock series successfully combines mystery with medical drama.
Never Have I Ever is still just as insightful & funny in season 2
Netflix's teen dramedy addresses grief, culture shock and hormones with tenderness and empathy.
Catch and Kill digs deeper into the monstrous deeds of Harvey Weinstein
The HBO docuseries doesn't offer much we don't already know, but fleshes out the information provided by Ronan Farrow's in-depth book and podcast.
Ted Lasso retakes the field for a confident season 2
Season 2 looks ready to deliver everything Season 1 did right without the early shakiness.
With reviews of AWAKE, @infinitemov, and PENGUIN TOWN plus a look at the FOR A FREE PALESTINE film series and an interview with the writer-director and the star of ASIA, The Spool is here to get you to the weekend.
Gather round the fire that is the link in our bio and let Reyzando Nawara tell you about how @lovevictorhulu forgets its lead character too often in Season 2.
Peter Sobczynski takes a trip back 15 years into the past to re-evaluate Robert Altman's final film A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION. Ask our bio nicely, in your best radio voice, to show you the link that'll take you past Lake Wobegon and right to our site.
Timeline jumping, spontaneous singing and dancing, and electronic music all share the spotlight as Jon Negroni reviews the first two episodes of @officialloki, Matt Cipolla tries to fall into step with @intheheightsmovie, and Patrick Glennon considers the music of Tangerine Dream.
Gena Radcliffe delivered a pair of reviews for horror films, THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT and LISEY'S STORY. One disappointed greatly, one proved surprisingly good if flawed. Haunt the link in our bio for the reviews and answers.
B.L. Panther has launched a new column with us, #KinoKultur, in which they explore @kinolorber's catalog. In the first two editions, Panther covered the final 3 Derek Jarman films and the documentaries THE QUEEN and WHEN THE BEAT DROPS. Our bio has the link you need.