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Lightyear
Pixar's Toy Story spin-off never achieves lift-off
"...In 1995, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine released “The Visitor,” now considered one of..."

June 17, 2022 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Fanny: The Right to Rock
Rocking reminder of the pioneering all-woman band
"...June Millington on guitar and Jean Millington on bass, put out five albums between 1970 and 1974 and had..."

June 10, 2022 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Chloe Okuno Explores Horror and Gaslighting in Watcher
Terror's rising director on the quiet perils of showing emotion
"...Chloe Okuno is becoming a celebrated household name in..."

June 8, 2022 Screens Post by Jenny Nulf

Firestarter
Annoying adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of pyrokinetic terror
"...Is Firestarter the worst Stephen King adaptation ever? No, for that will forever be..."

May 20, 2022 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Sonic the Hedgehog 2
The supersonic hedgehog zips through a distracting two hours
"...by: Jeff Fowler. Starring: James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally and Shemar Moore...."

April 8, 2022 Movie Review by Trace Sauveur

X
Ti West returns with a brilliant period horror-porno (horno?)
"...Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, Kid Cudi, Martin Henderson, Owen Campbell and Stephen Ure...."

March 18, 2022 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

SXSW Announces Grand Jury Award Winners
Austinite Iliana Sosa wins twice for What We Leave Behind
"...The depths, breadths, and diversity of the South by Southwest filmmaking..."

March 16, 2022 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Labyrinth of Cinema
House director’s love letter to movies, peace, and history
"...only know Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s name because of his cult Japanese hit House, but Ôbayashi’s legacy of experimental cinema expands..."

Dec. 31, 2021 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

Swan Song
Mahershala Ali faces himself in a melancholic clone drama
"...Watching an actor of such effortless charm, nuanced emotional precision, and tangible physicality is a gift – one that..."

Dec. 24, 2021 Movie Review by Trace Sauveur

The Sensual Kitchen: Julie Cohen Explores How Julia Child Changed Cuisine
RBG documentarian celebrates the chef in Julia
"...It's not unreasonable to say that Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking changed America's relationship with..."

Nov. 23, 2021 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Clifford the Big Red Dog
Unnecessary feature length adventure for the childhood friend
"...Directed by: Walt Becker. Starring: Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, Izaac Wang, John Cleese, Tony Hale, Kenan..."

Nov. 12, 2021 Movie Review by Trace Sauveur

Bergman Island
The eternal story: filmmakers making films about filmmakers making films
"...Directed by: Mia Hansen-Løve. Starring: Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Grace Delrue, Mia Wasikowska, Anders Danielsen Lie..."

Oct. 15, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Malignant
Homage to giallo is fun, but is it good?
"...wife, Ingrid Bisu. Conceived together, the film is an opportunity for Bisu, who is credited as a writer and..."

Sept. 17, 2021 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

SXSW Comedy: Your 2020 Lineup
Get ready for Buress, Davidson, National Lampoon, and more
"...no more. SXSW has announced this year's Comedy Festival participants and shows, and they include Judd Apatow, Bob Odenkirk,..."

March 4, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Fantasy Island
Our advice? Get back on the plane
"...Directed by: Jeff Wadlow. Starring: Michael Peña, Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Hansen,..."

Feb. 21, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Turning
Henry James' creepy classic resurrected yet again
"...by: Floria Sigismondi. Starring: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, Niall Greig Fulton, Denna Thomsen, Joely Richardson and Barbara..."

Jan. 31, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Queen & Slim
Tragic romance with a Black Lives Matter message
"...Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Bertrand E. Boyd II, Sturgill Simpson and Jahi Di’Allo Winston...."

Nov. 29, 2019 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Waves
A bracing dive into a Floridian family set adrift
"...Trey Edward Shults' third feature has so much punishing and glorious emotion that it’s difficult to encapsulate just..."

Nov. 22, 2019 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Irishman
Scorsese's filmmaking excellence can't mask a flawed retreading of mob history
"...Directed by: Martin Scorsese. Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, Harvey Keitel, Jesse Plemons, Bobby..."

Nov. 8, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Motherless Brooklyn
Edward Norton leads a stylish, meandering trip around a corrupt 1950s NYC
"...Willem Dafoe, Cherry Jones, Bobby Cannavale, Dallas Roberts, Ethan Suplee, Josh Pais, Leslie Mann, Fisher Stevens, Peter Lewis, Robert..."

Nov. 1, 2019 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Parasite
Bong Joon-ho heats up South Korea's cold class war
"...Bong Joon-ho. Starring: Song Kang-ho, Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Jung Ji-so, Jung Hyun-joon,..."

Oct. 25, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Nightingale
Jennifer Kent's follow-up to The Babadook is a true historical horror
"...debut The Babadook, Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent used the supernatural as a framing device for the trauma of one..."

Aug. 9, 2019 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

July Is Crime Month: The Crime Blotter, Week 2
A curated guide to unlawful activities around town July 8-14
"...Is Crime Month at the Chronicle, the ruffians and reprobates at this rag want to be sure you find..."

July 7, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Halston
Documentary about the life of the master couturier and milliner should have learned his lessons about simplicity and elegance
"...The evolution of contemporary documentaries continues to fascinate in the ways filmmakers tell..."

June 7, 2019 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Terrence McNally on Art and Commerce
The Tony-winning playwright talks about the business of show
"...Having been a produced playwright for more than a half-century, Terrence McNally has..."

June 6, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Carmine Street Guitars
Spend time with the quiet artisans who make the instruments that rock & roll is built upon
"...Wylie Hubbard sang it best: “Good tone is more important than the show or the biz/ Show business is..."

May 10, 2019 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Pika pika pika? Pika pika pika pika pika pika pika.
"...It’s amazing that Pokémon Detective Pikachu succeeds as a movie at all, given..."

May 10, 2019 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Curse of La Llorona
Latest Conjuring spin-off is a pale imitation of James Wan's original
"...Michael Chaves. Starring: Linda Cardellini, Marisol Ramirez, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Sean Patrick Thomas and Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen...."

April 19, 2019 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

The Beach Bum
Fear and loathing in Florida with Korine and Matthew McConaughey
"...Directed by: Harmony Korine. Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill and Martin Lawrence...."

March 29, 2019 Movie Review by Dan Gentile

Climax
Gaspar Noé's acid freakout dance-a-thon teaches us that drugs are bad, m'kay
"...Directed by: Gaspar Noé. Starring: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic and Souheila Yacoub...."

March 1, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

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