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A Historic Romance: 'Loving' Is a Powerful, Important Film About a Couple's Fight to Simply Be Together

A Historic Romance: 'Loving' Is a Powerful, Important Film About a Couple's Fight to Simply Be Together

Thursday, December 01, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Director Jeff Nichols, who has already made two excellent movies in Mud and Take Shelter , released a very good movie earlier this year called Midnight Special . Here, in late 2016, he has released another excellent one.

Loving , written and directed by Nichols, recounts the true story of Richard and Mildre...

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Delightfully Off the Rails: 'The Handmaiden' Is a Great Mystery-Thriller That Only Chan-wook Park Could Make

Delightfully Off the Rails: 'The Handmaiden' Is a Great Mystery-Thriller That Only Chan-wook Park Could Make

Thursday, December 01, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Director Chan-wook Park ( Oldboy , Thirst ) seems to have made a relatively tame movie by his standards—at least for a good part of The Handmaiden ’s running time.

A young woman (Tae-ri Kim) is recruited by a scam artist (Jung-woo Ha) for a robbery plot involving another young woman (Min-hee Kim) and her u...

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True TV: 'Pacific Heat' Isn't Quite 'Archer'; 'Shut Eye' Is Another Hulu Winner

True TV: 'Pacific Heat' Isn't Quite 'Archer'; 'Shut Eye' Is Another Hulu Winner

Wednesday, November 30, 2016  |  Bill Frost

Pacific Heat (Friday, Dec. 2, Netflix), series debut: Much has already been written about how animated Australian import Pacific Heat looks a hell of a lot like long-running American series Archer —and now here’s one more, damn it. First of all, the animation isn’t as slick as Archer ’s; Pacific Heat more re...

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Blu-Ray Review: 'Kubo and the Two Strings' Is One of the Year's Best Animated Films

Blu-Ray Review: 'Kubo and the Two Strings' Is One of the Year's Best Animated Films

Tuesday, November 29, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

From the makers of ParaNorman and Coraline comes Kubo and the Two Strings , another stop-motion wonder that’s a fantastically fun combination of puppetry and CGI. It’s the best animated film I’ve seen so far this year.

The title character is a young boy (an amazingly expressive creation voiced by Art Parki...

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A Beastly Brew: While It's Great to Return to the Harry Potter Universe, This Prequel's Only Purpose Is to Set Up More Films

A Beastly Brew: While It's Great to Return to the Harry Potter Universe, This Prequel's Only Purpose Is to Set Up More Films

Thursday, November 24, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

I was a little late to the Harry Potter party. I didn’t like the first movie (which was basically a bunch of kids who didn’t know how to act yet participating in a big costume pageant), but thought the second was really good, and loved the third, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban .

The series go...

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Shades of John Hughes: 'The Edge of Seventeen' Is an Impressive High-School Comedy-Drama

Shades of John Hughes: 'The Edge of Seventeen' Is an Impressive High-School Comedy-Drama

Thursday, November 24, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig makes an impressive debut with The Edge of Seventeen , a darkly funny take on the life of a modern-day high school outcast.

Hailee Steinfeld gives her best performance since True Grit as Nadine, a highly intelligent teen going through an awkward stage when her best frie...

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