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Movie review: ‘99 Homes’


Broad Green Pictures

Remember after the recession first hit when layoffs and evictions rained down like a spring thunderstorm? Read more

Movie review: ‘Pan’


Warner Bros.

The Peter Pan tale is an eternal favorite that infuses just a little bit of magic into everyday life, for those who don’t want to grow up. It is rich cinematic territory that has been frequently mined on the big screen: Steven Spielberg put a modern spin on the tale with the classic Read more

Movie review: ‘Peace Officer’


The title of the documentary Peace Officer is both literal and ironic. Read more

Movie review: ‘In My Father’s House’


Sundance Institute

Rapper and hip-hop artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith made it big, rising out of a fatherless household in a challenging neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side to become a Grammy-winning writer and performer, collaborating with Kanye West and John Legend (Smith co-wrote the song Read more

Movie review: ‘He Named Me Malala’


Moviegoers hankering for a female superhero film needn’t wait for Wonder Woman. A big-screen heroine of astounding power is swooping into theaters, caped in a hijab, a backpack full of books slung over her shoulder, a crooked smile the reminder of her fearlessn... Read more

Movie review: ‘Freeheld’



Few actresses bring the simple authenticity to the screen that Julianne Moore does; it’s virtually impossible to imagine this actress sounding a false note. Read more

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

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