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Loving the Familiar in 'The Lobster'

Early on in Yorgos Lanthimos’ new release, The Lobster, set in a curiously ordinary dystopian future where maintaining social order means controlling human relationships, David (Colin Farrell) finds himself stranded when his wife leaves him for someone else. 631 more words

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Ralph Fiennes Makes a Surprisingly Big 'Splash'

QUIETLY INTENSE PERFORMER OUTSHINES THE BRIGHT SPOTLIGHT

By T.T. Stern-Enzi

There is a delicious thrill in watching a completely dialed-in performer tackle a truly larger than life character, one of those outsized personalities that can dominate a story, crowding out others, even the presumed protagonists. 731 more words

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'Meddling' With the Latest Hollywood Trend

We’re in the last stages of the primary season, so forgive me for talking about a revolution; just know that I’m definitely not talking about overthrowing the political establishment of either party or embarking on a course of transformative economic shifts. 692 more words

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Is There Real Anger in 'The Angry Birds Movie'?

SUBVERSIVE CASTING IS THE REAL STAR OF NEW ANIMATED FLICK

By TT Stern-Enzi

Every once in a while, I start off a review with a disclosure, usually highlighting a critical blind spot of sorts that I assume might taint my perspective. 676 more words

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'The Man Who Knew Infinity' On His Own Terms

As a film critic preaching the gospel of critical thinking in a world locked into the mainstream belief that math, science and technology are the only fields of study that matter, writer-director Matt Brown’s new biopic, … 669 more words

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Critical Value Finds Its Place in 'City of Gold'

THE LIFE OF A CRITIC EXPLORES HIS IMPACT ON THE CULTURE OF A CITY

By T.T. Stern-Enzi

A recent spate of books on leading critical voices—AO Scott’s “Better Living Through Criticism” and Owen Gleiberman’s “Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies”—has sent me down a rabbit hole of sorts, questioning and challenging the idea of what it means to be a critic. 678 more words

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