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Queen & Slim | Melina Matsoukas

November 26, 2019

A Tinder date between the two title characters in Queen & Slim (Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya, respectively) goes horribly wrong after they get pulled over by a cop (Sturgill Simpson, weirdly) so cartoonishly racist that he draws his gun when Slim mentions that it’s cold outside. After a struggle, the officer is killed, and Queen, a lawyer who knows what’s in store for them in the criminal “justice” system, convinces Silm that their only choice is to go on…

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Motherless Brooklyn | Edward Norton

Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn, based on Jonathan Lethem’s novel, is by Norton’s own admission a passion project some 20 years in the making. It’s easy to see what would attract Norton to the role of Lionel Essrog, a sorta-kinda private detective investigating his boss and…

November 18, 2019
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Ford v Ferrari | James Mangold

Though he didn’t invent it, James Mangold so perfected the Hollywood biopic/true story template with Walk the Line that they made a beat-for-beat parody of it in Walk Hard, so he might as well have. In Ford v Ferrari, he aims that factory efficiency…

November 14, 2019
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The Irishman | Martin Scorsese

The Irishman tells the probably-not-entirely-true story of Robert DeNiro’s Frank Sheeran, using cutting-edge visual effects technology to place him inside some of the most important events in American history, right next to a lot of famous people, many of whom wind up dead. It’s…

November 14, 2019
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Last Christmas | Paul Feig

Universal’s marketing department has been working overtime to sell the new romantic comedy Last Christmas as some sort of spiritual cousin to what is now apparently considered a modern-day holiday classic: Love, Actually. Remember Emma Thompson, who appeared in just one of that film’s myriad…

November 8, 2019
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Doctor Sleep | Mike Flanagan

In the realm of unnecessary sequels, Stephen King’s follow-up novel to his beloved The Shining would seem to be running neck and neck for first place along with the movie adaptation of same. But Doctor Sleep comes for us all anyway, and believe it or…

November 7, 2019
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Terminator: Dark Fate | Tim Miller

Sarah Connor ostensibly changed the future and defeated Skynet in 1991, averting the cataclysm that would have been Judgment Day. But the Terminators and the Terminator movies never seem to stop, dragging these characters again and again into increasingly convoluted time-whiplash whirlpools, the same…

October 31, 2019
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Gemini Man | Ang Lee

After 25 years of failed visual effects testing and bouncing from filmmaker to filmmaker, Gemini Man has finally made it to screens. That time in development purgatory would normally suggest a final product that’s merely a beleaguered mess, but under the purview of Ang…

October 11, 2019
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Joker | Todd Phillips

Stick with me here: what if someone made a superhero movie, but, and I’m just spitballing, they took out all the superhero stuff so it was just, like, a regular movie? A real movie. That’s the ostensibly revelatory tack Hangover auteur Todd Phillips has taken…

October 3, 2019
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3 From Hell | Rob Zombie

It’s hard to believe that rocker turned horror auteur Rob Zombie would become one of the most divisive filmmakers of the 21st century. His debut feature, 2003’s House of 1000 Corpses, was fetishistic in its re-creation of ’70s-era exploitation flicks, right down his use…

September 23, 2019
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