Monday, April 13, 2020 - 3:48pm
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Netflix has long been an excellent source of cheesy rom-coms, those delightful 90-minute movies that you can watch all the way through while half paying attention to something else and still feel the satisfaction of a feel-good ending and a dramatic kiss. With “Love Wedding Repeat,” Netflix has delivered another one of these movies, perfect for watching late at night when you don’t want to think much about what you’re watching.

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 3:33pm
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“Tigertail” is a triumph. As in the best movies, its characters leap off the screen and will be remembered like old friends. The story in “Tigertail” is so fleshed out, so filled with emotion, that it feels like a memoir, not a fictional narrative. The film tells the life story of Pin-Jui, a Taiwanese immigrant to the US. It flashes between Pin-Jui’s elderly self, played excellently by Tzi Ma (“Arrival”) and his memories — chronicling his childhood, teenage years and how he left his life in Taiwan for the States.

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 11:49am
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Movies are projections. Yes, literally, in the sense of filmstock and screens and projectors and bulbs. But movies can also be projections of ourselves — a momentary snapshot of the internal, the introspective, the metaphysical. And given the circumstances, we as the film beat are seeing less literal projections in movie theaters and doing more projecting ourselves. So what are we thinking about? Among them are whether “When Harry Met Sally” is actually good, our Letterboxd log histories and — of course — the apocalypse.

Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 5:18pm
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Across the nation, movie theaters remain still—popcorn un-popped, screens unlit, cushy seats empty. 

Even if quarantine begins to relax in the coming months (a big if), 2020 will be a year without a summer movie season; distributors have begun pushing back their release schedules to the fall or even next year. Universal Pictures has opted to release some of its slate digitally, making “Trolls: World Tour” available at a premium price, delighting children and bludgeoning parents’ eardrums everywhere.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 6:34pm
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I grew up watching Bollywood movies. I sang the songs even though I didn’t know what I was saying, I did the dances despite the fact that I couldn’t (and still can’t) dance and I watched the stories unfold onscreen, enthralled by the colors, the music and the beauty. It wasn’t until I was older, maybe a teenager, when my mom burst my naive childhood perception of Bollywood by saying: “You know these are all copies of American movies, right?” No. I did not know that.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 6:19pm
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Movies are projections. Yes, literally, in the sense of filmstock and screens and projectors and bulbs. But movies can also be projections of ourselves — a momentary snapshot of the internal, the introspective, the metaphysical. Given the circumstances, we as the film beat are seeing less literal projections in movie theaters and doing more projecting ourselves. So what are we thinking about? Among them are “Wicked,” Dcoms (Disney comedies, for uncultured readers) and of course, apocalyptic cinema. This series will traverse the cinematic doomsday in its eclectic iterations.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 6:04pm
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“Parasite” made history two months ago (yes, two months is right time is all sorts of funky in the age of corona) with its Best Picture win, but it certainly wasn’t the first non-English-language film to make an attempt at the Academy’s top prize. The twentieth century saw a number of French, Italian and Swedish films have a go.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 5:28pm
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Bacurau is in trouble. First, the small Brazilian town, somewhere near São Paulo, has its water cut off. Then it loses cell service and disappears from satellite maps. Later, its electricity cuts out. Its residents soon realize that this is no accident. Their village is under siege. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 5:45pm
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“Spenser Confidential” is a terrible movie. Or, it’s perfect if you’re looking for a movie you can have on in the background while you scroll mindlessly through your phone. As much as I tried to understand what was going on, the entire film is a mess. Spenser (Mark Wahlberg, “Daddy’s Home”) is an ex-convict and ex-cop who is trying to track down the killer of the man who Spenser had been sent to prison for attacking. It sounds alright, if a little confusing, but in reality, it’s so convoluted and hard to follow that you end up on your phone instead.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 4:28pm
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In the absence of new theatrical releases, a few of us on the film beat decided to break down our favorite A24 films that are streaming on Prime Video.