Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 5:14pm
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Two-and-a-half months in, and 2020 has given the world a lot of things to consider. An impeachment. The rumblings of war with Iran. A whack-as-hell primary season. An online-school-inducing, business-closing, all-around-scary pandemic that maybe makes reviewing theater-exclusive movies a public health hazard? 

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 2:41pm
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For many people, the Olympics is a major highlight. Watching incredible feats of athleticism in unfamiliar locales is always a treat, and the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang was no exception. No matter the season, no matter the sport and no matter the country, the Games are a delight for people around the globe. That said, we can only ever view the Games through a television screen, thousands of miles away from the real action.

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 2:37pm
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92 years after the creation of the Academy Awards, the acclaimed South Korean film “Parasite” made history as the first non-English language film to take home Best Picture (in addition to Best International Feature, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director, a sweeping victory that ties Bong Joon-ho, “Memories of Murder” director, with Walt Disney for most Oscars won by a single person in a single night).

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 2:34pm
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I fell asleep while watching “The Call of the Wild.” 

For the first half of the movie it feels like nothing is happening. The first forty minutes are completely episodic, with almost no thread of continuity or consistency keeping each scene together, with the exception being that each story has the dog Buck as the central character.

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 5:34pm
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A defining scene in “Gimme Danger,” Jim Jarmush’s (“The Dead Don’t Die”) documentary about the Stooges, is when a 1970s talk show host asks Iggy Pop, the band’s lead singer, if the Stooges influenced other artists. “I think I helped wipe out the Sixties,” Pop replies, cracking a smile. Next to him on the couch, David Bowie laughs hysterically into his cup of coffee. 

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 1:39pm
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Coming out of the theatre after “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” I felt a little disappointed. The plot had seemed right up my alley: in the late 1700s, a painter (Noémie Merlant, “Heaven Will Wait”) and her subject (Adèle Haenel, “Suzanne”), an aristocratic woman about to be married to a stranger, fall in love. The performances were great from the start, which was a good sign. Both Marianne, the artist, and Héloïse, the aristocrat, are played wonderfully by Merland and Haenel.

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 1:26pm
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Going into “Downhill,” I was most intrigued not by the fact that it is a remake of a popular foreign film, or that it stars top-tier talents like Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) and Will Ferrell (“Anchorman”). When I saw the trailer, the first thing I said was, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie about skiing before.”

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 12:39pm
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I have a confession to make: Last Friday was the first time I ever saw Titanic.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 3:49pm
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Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” performance

Eminem performed his 2002 smash hit “Lose Yourself” at the Oscars Sunday night and I didn’t know why. I thought that maybe I had missed something crucial, like an introduction or any sort of rationale for what was happening. But I got none. And it took reading a CNN article days later to find some semblance of an explanation. 

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 3:16pm
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The opening scene of “Clemency” is an execution. A group of people gather around a prisoner as a medical worker places the IV into his veins that will deliver fatal drugs to his system. The room’s atmosphere is solemn and emotionless, but there is also a sense of urgency, a need to get it over with. The ticking of the clock is intertwined with the beeping heart monitor as the people standing around the prisoner wait for his death to be official.