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<em>Blindspotting </em>Is a Boldly Sincere Love Letter to Oakland
There’s perhaps no type of movie that’s harder to make than a sincere one. Not a film that’s sappy or cheerful or relentlessly emotional, but one that tries ...

<em>Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot </em>Is Sad and Listless
What’s happened to Gus Van Sant? For decades, he was one of America’s most inventive and heartfelt independent directors. He emerged with grimily poetic works like Drugstore Cowboy ...

<em>Eighth Grade </em>Is a Mesmerizing, Heartfelt Portrait of Teenhood
As she’s getting ready for bed after a taxing day at school, Kayla (Elsie Fisher), the heroine of Bo Burnham’s wonderful new film Eighth Grade, shoos her dad ...

Documentaries Are Thriving at the Summer Box Office. Why?
The surprise story at this summer’s box office hasn’t been superhero movies or franchise sequels (the ongoing success of both, of course, being no surprise). Audiences are also ...

<em>Ant-Man and the Wasp </em>Is a Bite-Sized Marvel Delight
Pardon me if this sounds academic, but the best thing about Ant-Man and the Wasp is when things change in size. The film offers plenty of variations on ...

<em>Sicario: Day of the Soldado </em>Is Dead Behind the Eyes
Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a nightmare. There’s bloody violence, growled dialogue, inky visuals—and in this world Mexican drug cartels, Somali pirate kings, and ISIS have essentially ...

<em>Leave No Trace </em>Is a Shattering, Essential Drama
Early on in Leave No Trace, Will (Ben Foster) and Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) have moved into a modest, charming home in Oregon’s countryside, with assistance from the state ...

Jimmy Fallon Can’t Ignore Donald Trump
Jimmy Fallon made his career as a talk-show host (first at Late Night, then The Tonight Show) by avoiding contention. The celebrities sitting on his couch can expect ...

<em>Damsel </em>Is a One-Note Satire of Classic Westerns
Damsel begins with a view of a gorgeous, windswept desert somewhere in the American West, an alternately alluring and frightening arena where many an old-fashioned heroic narrative has ...

<em>Fallen Kingdom</em>: Why Won’t Humans Just Leave the Dinosaurs Alone?
To the creators of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, I offer words of wisdom uttered 25 years ago by the legendary Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), a character in ...