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Critics Choice Awards nominations — the Oscar field is in this list, more or less

The Critics Choice Awards may not count for a lot in and of themselves. But the nation’s movie critics do a fair job of dilineating the Oscar field, a month before Oscar nominations come out. So here they are. I … Continue reading

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The Best Films of 2016

Perhaps we — ok I -= have been too hasty to write off 2016 at the movies. Sure, the dead stretches have been corpse-strewn, but a year that started with “Deadpool” can’t be a total write-off, can it? The exceptional … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Lion” turns a Google Earth ad into an inspiring epic

“Lion” is a survival epic, a poor child’s odyssey through the impersonal poverty and perils of modern India. But thanks to the miracle of modern technology and the magic of movie memory, it’s the feel-good movie of the holidays. It’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Horror crosses cultures in “The Eyes of My Mother”

Whatever the artistic pretense, some horror movies leave you grateful that the filmmaker mercifully chose to shoot it in black and white. With “The Eyes of My Mother,” that means we’re left with the hope that whatever’s in that glass, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Manchester by the Sea”

Lee Chandler isn’t crazy about eye contact. The Quincy, Massachusetts janitor carries himself like a person who’s taken one too many blows, a dead man walking, working, drinking and going through the motions. Every interpersonal interaction is awkward, drawn out. … Continue reading

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Documentary Review — “Harry Benson: Shoot First”

Harry Benson captured The Beatles, giddy on their first-ever arrival in the U.S., pillow-fighting in their hotel. He was with them in Miami when he thought it would be cool and funny to drag them down the street to meet … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “SiREN” is “Eyes Wide Shut” as directed by, oh, Rob Zombie

Mr. Nyx is the guy you call when you’re a cop somewhere in the South and you stumble across a de-consecrated church filled with blood, candles, pentangles, goats kept in cages and corpses. He surveys the scene from behind his … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “La La Land” triumphs over bland — eventually

The epic opening scene of “La La Land” is a long-take roaming camera song and dance number set amid a sea of drivers stranded on a Los Angeles freeway overpass. A song burbles up on a radio, the driver sings … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Eagle Huntress” gives girl power talons

A Mongolian teen breaks the gender barrier in her native land’s sport of eagle hunting in “The Eagle Huntress,” a striking if predictable and plainly-staged docudrama set in one of the world’s most forbidding landscapes. In Mongolia, the steppes tribesman … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Mifune” celebrates the icon, the only Toshiro who matters

A glaring injustice of the Internet pops up when you Google Image  search”Toshiro.” Your screen fills with a sea of shots of a bleached-blond anime character. Film fans know there is but one Toshiro, the legendary Japanese film star Toshiro … Continue reading

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