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Arts Vanity: The Gangster’s Guide to Film

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a film exec.

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‘The Two Popes’: An Endearing Introspection

“The Two Popes” is a stunning thematic achievement in building bridges; it’s unabashedly politically charged (and unmistakably pro-Francis), but Meirelles’ film does what it sets out to do well.

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‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’: Heartfelt Sincerity At Its Finest

Unrelentingly sweet but surprisingly therapeutic, director Marielle Heller’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” transcends the genre norms that have defined uplifting, awards-friendly biopics for decades.

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‘The Report’: A Masterclass in Writing a Thriller

Pristinely paced and unflinchingly political, "The Report" is a well-polished exposé on the inhumane Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs) deployed as counterterrorism measures in the wake of 9/11.

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‘Ford v. Ferrari’: Flash Can Be Substance

Like the film’s namesake supercars, director James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari” is a monumental technical achievement — a sleek, well-oiled machine of a film that races through its well-paced action.


A Decade in Review: Fantasy Films

As the 2010s come to a close, the "Decade in Review" series will seek to single out the best 10 best films from the 10 biggest genres. Here are the best 10 fantasy films of the decade.

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15 of Scorsese's Finest Films (Including “The Irishman”)

With his latest film, “The Irishman,” hitting select theaters this week on Nov 1, and streaming on Netflix on Nov 27, here are Scorsese’s 15 best movies, including “The Irishman.”

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A Decade in Review: Science Fiction

As the 2010s come to a close, the "Decade in Review" series will seek to unravel the best 10 best films from the 10 biggest genres of the decade.

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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.


‘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."