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<i>Solo</i>: Finally a <i>Star Wars</i> Movie That’s Not a Rehash of <i>Star Wars</i>
I saw Star Wars on opening night in 1977 when I was 10 years old, one of a small number of occasions on which history’s timeline and my ...

<i>Deadpool 2</i> Is Even Better Than the Original
At the opening of Deadpool 2, we see the titular super-antihero constructing a model of Wolverine—and not just any Wolverine, but dead Wolverine, impaled on a tree branch ...

No, That Episode of <i>Westworld</i> Was Not an Homage to <i>Lost</i>
There are precisely two times that a TV show has completely blown my mind. One was, of course, when Ned Stark lost his head in the first season ...

A Lifeless <i>Life of the Party</i>
Pro tip: When Melissa McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, appears in one of her films, don’t worry about it. He has bit parts in most of her films, including ...

<i>Avengers: Infinity War</i> Is an Extraordinary Juggling Act
Note: Although this review avoids spoilers, it inevitably contains hints of what transpires in the film. Those who wish to avoid any such knowledge should see the movie ...

<I>I Feel Pretty</i> Is a Message Movie That Can’t Stay on Message
Where’s Judd Apatow when you need him? The comedy I Feel Pretty seems like an Apatowian undertaking in almost every regard: modestly high-concept, gently moralistic, and starring Amy ...

<i>You Were Never Really Here</i> Is Never Really Here
The film You Were Never Really Here left me pondering two principal questions. First: How many of the rolls of duct tape sold in hardware stores each year ...

The Beauty and Sadness of <i>Isle of Dogs</i>
“All barks have been rendered into English.” If one were to ask a gathering of committed moviegoers to pick the director most likely to open a film with ...

<i>The Death of Stalin</i> Is a Wicked Farce
How does one satirize a political moment that seems long ago to have transcended satire? This was the dilemma faced by Armando Iannucci, the creator of HBO’s Veep ...

<I>A Wrinkle in Time</i>: See It With a Kid, or as a Kid
Before Disney’s big-budget, live-action adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic 1962 novel A Wrinkle in Time begins, its director, Ava DuVernay, appears on the screen. (At least this is ...