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Lanz Aaron G. Tan

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‘Joker’: Bargain Bin 'Taxi Driver'

"Joker" is often unsatisfying: a recycled empty shell of better, legendary films that neither adds to the masterpieces it's copying from, nor embodies the same emotional resonance that made them successful.

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From New York Film Festival: ‘The Irishman’ Is the Crime Film of the Decade

The fact that “The Irishman” can more than hold its own against the director’s earlier, universally acclaimed classics from a bygone era of cinema is a testament to Scorsese’s ability to continuously adapt as a director — even when he’s already at the top of his game.

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‘Ad Astra’ Reaches the Stars

A magnetic performance from Brad Pitt and gorgeous cinematography from Hoyte van Hoytema propel "Ad Astra" into the stratosphere of space epics.

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'The Lion King' Can't Feel the Love Tonight

“The Lion King” (2019) somehow squanders a dark Shakespearian story, a talented voice cast, and a gargantuan $260 million budget with a tedious remake of the animated classic.

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50 Years: The Lunar Landing and Space in Film

Today, 50 years after the moon landing, it’s astonishing to see how far space films have gone.

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An Action Movie Done Right: ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum’

“John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” — the latest entry in this unapologetically bloody, but increasingly successful action franchise — lives up to its predecessors.

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‘Multiplicity Is Actually Strength’: Margaret Atwood and Poul Ruders Reflect On Retelling ‘The Handmaid's Tale’ Through Opera

Atwood’s parting words embodied hope for the new generation of opera-goers. "What I’m happy about right now is the generations of, let’s say, under 25."

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Closure after ‘Endgame’: Proof that Tony Stark Has a Heart

With 10 films featuring Iron Man, Marvel has carefully constructed Tony Stark's journey.

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‘Shazam!' Is Among DC's Best

With a charismatic lead actor in Zachary Levi, a springy, lighthearted tone, and a solid emotional arc, this film is exactly what the D.C. Extended Universe needs.

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What’s New on Netflix: April 2019

Here are some films to look out for on Netflix this April, and some films to catch before they leave the platform.

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What's New on Netflix: March 2019

Here are three particularly welcome additions — oldies but goodies — and two notable mentions coming to Netflix this month.

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A Conversation with Park Chan-wook at the Harvard Film Archive

Acclaimed South Korean writer and director Park Chan-wook visited the Harvard Film Archives to discuss the influences of his signature filmmaking style.

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An Oscars Preview: A Ticking Catastrophe

This year, the Academy has found a way to turn the awards ceremony into a shipwreck before it has even set sail.

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'Roma' A Remarkably Beautiful Masterpiece

"Roma" is a poignant experience that will be imprinted in one’s memory for years to come.

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