Film

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A romantic comedy that’s both fresh and familiar

Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick Kumail meets Emily when she sort-of-heckles his standup comedy performance that is centered on his immigration experience. He asks if anyone else is from Pakistan, and Emily, a young blonde woman from North Carolina, woops in response. He joshingly admonishes her,…

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‘Okja’ shouldn’t be missed

Seo-Hyun Ahn in Okja I think the best reason to applaud the ascendance of the Netflix and Amazon TV and film studios is their willingness to fund the ambitious projects of artists like the Wachowskis (Sense8), Jill Soloway (Transparent) and Aziz Ansari (Master of None) – and now Bong Joon…

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A most salient portrait of evil

Connie Britton and Salma Hayek in Beatriz at Dinner When Miguel Arteta and Mike White started filming Beatriz at Dinner last August, I doubt they could have predicted how salient the film would be when it was released ten months later. The biting, mostly comic commentary on class, race and…

Michael Fassbender in Alien: Covenant
Stomach-bursting, face-sucking Fassbender fabulousness

Alien: Covenant is the eighth movie in the 38-year-old sci-fi horror Alien franchise. Following 2012’s Prometheus, the financially successful but fan-loathed prequel, Covenant tries to walk a fine line: The film throws enough red meat to ravenous Alien fanboys with stomach-bursting, face-sucking, don’t-go-in-the-basement grotesquery to get away with continuing Prometheus’…

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Do we really want to go back?

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in T2 Trainspotting Trainspotting is the great film of the 1990s counterculture, its decade’s Easy Rider or Rebel Without a Cause. The tone poem about heroin addiction, friendship and the idiocy of youth among the Scottish working class arrived in the United States in…

Emily Skeggs as Roma Guy in When We Rise
Laugh, cry, furious, proud

  When I heard that ABC was going to do an eight-hour miniseries about the gay rights movement – a sort of Roots for the gays – I was shocked. Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for writing Milk, was shocked, too, when he found out ABC was asking…

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