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On the Basis of *** Plays Like a Rocky Movie, But It Works

The defense concedes that the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of *** hits its marks with the subtlety of a legal brief. But that’s not fatal. The sexism Ginsburg went up against was amazingly unsubtle, and a brief is at the he...

The American Meme Is an Entertaining Missed Opportunity

The American Meme basically amounts to an entertaining missed opportunity. Bert Marcus’s documentary promises to delve into the world of internet fame and celebrity culture, and it comes back with some pretty good stories about, ...

Destroyer Is Deliberately Frustrating

The first thing you’ll notice about Destroyer is Nicole Kidman’s face. That’s probably the second and third thing you’ll notice about Destroyer, too. Karyn Kusama’s moody vengeance policier opens in full-on, extreme close-up of its fa...

Second Act Is a Strange, Scattered Attempt to Cash In on Nostalgia

I will never forget 2018 as the year of the return of the romantic comedy — as an idea, and as a thing to be projected onto, if not as an actual market force. It was also the year romantic comedies found themselves via the beauty indu...

Welcome to Marwen Is a Totally Confounding Movie

“Mark Hogancamp is a photographer and storyteller, but prefers to think of himself as a film director.” So reads the opening line of the artist bio for Hogancamp, made art-world famous in 2006 for his elaborately realized miniature WW...

Bumblebee Is, Surprisingly, a Restrained, Modest Transformers Movie

The Transformers franchise has made bloated, histrionic pandemonium such a thing that the modest Bumblebee, for all its derivativeness, feels like a breath of fresh air. It’s been 11 years since director Michael Bay’s first entry in t...

Cold War Is a Stunning Love Story

This review originally ran during the Cannes Film Festival.Like nearly any Broadway musical you can think of, Cold War is a love story told through love songs. They start off early in the film, sung by peasants in rural postwar Poland...

American Renegades Is a Bit of a Slog

It’s not a great movie, but there’s occasionally — occasionally — something pleasantly old-fashioned about American Renegades, a military-heist adventure set during the Bosnian War. Released in Europe last year under the title Renegad...

The Quake Is a Little Too Good

John Andreas Andersen’s The Quake, a sequel to the excellent 2015 Norwegian disaster film The Wave, should be required viewing for all of today’s Hollywood franchise jockeys. It shows you how to make one of these things without sacrif...