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Tigers Are Not Afraid

8/23/2019
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In the past few years there's been a very real invasion from Mexico--by remarkably gifted filmmakers. Now a woman named Issa López joins their ranks with an interesting horror film called "Tigers Are Not Afraid."

Duration:00:03:42

Aquarela

8/16/2019
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A remarkable documentary called "Aquarela" is about water--really and truly about water and its effect on the planet. The film makes the stuff almost palpable, as no motion picture I've ever seen before.

Duration:00:03:40

The Peanut Butter Falcon

8/9/2019
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The Peanut Butter Falcon is a certified feelgood film that has no use for naked tenderness, disability sentimentality or full-frontal sweetness. Go in expecting the best and you'll come out smiling.

Duration:00:03:18

Luce

8/2/2019
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An interesting independent film called "Luce" is framed as a psychological mystery. It labors under more layers of significance than it can handle without falling into contrivance. Yet the dramatic core is strong: an exceptional young man—played by an exceptional actor named Kelvin Harrison Jr.--struggling to become whoever he really is.

Duration:00:03:39

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

7/26/2019
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Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood" seduces you, in the spirit of its once-upon-a-time title. Come along, it seems to say, you may have guessed where we're going but we'll have fun and some surprises along the way.

Duration:00:03:44

The Lion King

7/19/2019
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Disney's remake of "The Lion King" looks like the real thing--animation that simulates real life in astonishing detail. Whether we want animation to simulate real life is another question, but it's the crucial one.

Duration:00:03:42

The Farewell

7/12/2019
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The lovely paradox of Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell,” in subtitled Mandarin and English, is that everyone in it tries to hide their feelings as long as they can, yet their story goes straight to your heart.

Duration:00:03:27

Toy Story 4

6/21/2019
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A fourth "Toy Story," coming nine years after the trilogy ended, is automatically big news. But is it good news? The answer is four times yes, with only minor qualifications.

Duration:00:03:36

Men in Black: International

6/14/2019
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"Men in Black: International" is an industrial product salvaged from the remnants of an exhausted franchise and aimed at a young audience that may not know or care what a joy the original was.

Duration:00:03:33

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

6/7/2019
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“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” is about the stories we need to tell ourselves. What the hero of this piercingly beautiful debut film longs for most strongly is a place he can call home.

Duration:00:03:35

The Fall Of the American Empire

5/31/2019
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"The Fall Of the American Empire" is a French-Canadian crime caper about money--not just the small fortune involved in a heist, but the larger fortunes that sustain the world of business and finance.

Duration:00:03:42

Booksmart

5/24/2019
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“Booksmart” is a high-school comedy with a graduate degree.

Duration:00:03:34

John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum

5/17/2019
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It is, every bit of it, the cat’s meow.

Duration:00:03:33

All Is True

5/10/2019
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I’m Joe Morgenstern. I’ll be back on KCRW next week with more reviews.

Duration:00:03:27

Long Shot

5/3/2019
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Audiences may well be looking for an even higher level of outlandishness than the TV news channels and talk shows offer, and “Long Shot” provides it.

Duration:00:03:52

Avengers: Endgame

4/26/2019
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Good news for humanity, and for the significant fraction of it that’s been following the exploits of the Avengers and their allies in twenty-one Marvel movies over the course of the past 11 years.

Duration:00:05:48

Hail Satan?

4/19/2019
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The title is “Hail Satan?”—but with a question mark at the end and it may look like a mockumentary, but it’s not.

Duration:00:05:54

Hellboy

4/12/2019
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Brain- numbing and head-splitting (literally the latter, since the cleaving of skulls is a recurrent motif).

Duration:00:03:48

Shazam!

4/5/2019
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It’s terrific fun, and none of the things that were threatening to turn DC Entertainment into the cinematic equivalent of a black hole.

Duration:00:03:47

Dumbo

3/29/2019
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Disney’s new “Dumbo” is one ponderous pachyderm.

Duration:00:03:24