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Movie review: ‘Northern Soul’


Freestyle Releasing

Well before there was hip-hop or house, trap or trance, there was northern soul, an underground dance movement born a half-century ago in the industrial wilds of the northern England that fetishized obscure ‘60s American R&B and elevated the club DJ to hero. Related to the concurrent mod sce... Read more

Movie review: ‘Finders Keepers’

File this one under “What the huh?” Read more

Movie review: ‘Goodnight Mommy’



Something isn’t right in Goodnight Mommy, an impeccably creepy Austrian thriller in the artfully unsettling mold of The Babadook and It Follows. Almost from the start, there’s an ominous forebodin... Read more

Movie review: ‘Shanghai’

The decidedly retro World War II-era melodrama Shanghai is a throwback in every sense of the word. Not only is its aesthetic firmly placed in the 1940s, it almost feels like it could have been made in 1990s Hollywood, when “Greatest Generation”-type nost... Read more

Movie review: ‘A Brilliant Young Mind’


Samuel Goldwyn Films

The hero of A Brilliant Young Mind is loosely based on a boy that director Morgan Matthews featured in Beautiful Young Minds, his 2007 documentary about participants in the International Mathematical Olympiad. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Martian’


Twentieth Century Fox

The last time Matt Damon went into space, he was a scientist driven to insanity and attempted murder after isolation on a distant ice planet in Interstellar. Now, in The Martian, he’s once again a scientist stuck alone on a foreign ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Mississippi Grind’


Patti Perret

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s latest film, Mississippi Grind, combines the classic tales of a love story and an odyssey, but features two down-and-out, inveterate gamblers as our heroes. Read more

Movie review: 'The Walk'

Film-Twin Towers


Can a great third act make a great film? Conventional wisdom would say no. It’s silly to spell out, but beginnings and middles are important, too. Read more

Movie review: ‘The New Girlfriend’


Cohen Media Group

The New Girlfriend, a wry film by French director Francois Ozon, accomplishes a delicate thing: It makes fun of its characters while eliciting deep sympathy for them. Read more

Movie review: ‘Green Inferno’


Eduardo Moreno

What’s the point of watching horror movies? An often argued reason is catharsis. Read more

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