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Wife of a Spy

Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa beautifully and methodically renders the story of a married couple plunged into uncertainty in the days leading up to World War II. With a slow-burn plot, the film marries historical drama with psychological tension, highlighted by intensely focused performances from Yû Aoi, who plays a wife slowly suspecting her husband of being […]

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The Nowhere Inn

In The Nowhere Inn, musician Annie Clark (St. Vincent) collaborates with best friend Carrie Brownstein to create a documentary about her life and music. Finding the largely private and mundane life of Clark uninspiring, the collaboration takes a turn for the bizarre when Annie takes Carrie’s suggestions of livening up the documentary a bit too […]

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Malignant

Malignant is the type of movie that requires viewers to strap in and shut up from the onset. That’s because, at various points throughout James Wan’s latest two-hour-long offering, he truly tests viewers’ ability to suspend disbelief. And while horror expects that, it gets a bit trickier here because Malignant’s undertones grab generously from other […]

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Anne at 13,000 Ft.

Everything’s up in the air for Anne (Deragh Campbell)—both literally, after she becomes preoccupied with skydiving following an excursion for her best friend’s bachelorette party, and figuratively, as she contends with the uncertainty of life in her late 20s. A childcare worker in Toronto who’s just moved into her own place, the 27-year-old has more […]

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The Card Counter

If guilt could be considered a prison of the mind, then it’s no wonder that the strangely penitential William Tell (Oscar Isaac) acclimated nicely to prison. Having served time for his role in torturing inmates at Abu Ghraib, he reenters society as a nomadic gambler, traveling from city to city and casino to casino, pursuing […]

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Martyrs Lane

Expanded from the 2019 short film of the same name, Martyrs Lane tells a deeply personal ghost story inspired by Gothic and Spanish folklore. Ten-year-old Leah (Kiera Thompson) feels her mother growing increasingly distant from her and she doesn’t know why—but she finds answers, and comfort, in a cherub-looking child (Sienna Sayer) who visits her […]

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The Year of the Everlasting Storm

Taken from onscreen text in the segment made by Thai experimental filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), the title of this high-concept anthology film poetically embodies its overarching premise: each work was made during and responds to the year-plus-long COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to Weerasethakul’s contribution, it includes short films […]

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He’s All That

He’s All That is an update to the 90s teen rom-com classic that we didn’t really need. This time around the Freddie Prinze Jr. role is filled by TikTok star Addison Rae, playing high-school influencer Padgett who after being meme-ified during a livestream breakup must for some reason make over the school loner (breakout heartthrob […]

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Reminiscence

“Some things that happened for the first time,” Mae (Rebecca Ferguson) sings, “seem to be happening again.” She is lying in a bath with electrodes attached to her head, mentally replaying her live set from earlier in the day, while the technician guiding the machine she’s hooked up to, Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman), loses objectivity […]

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is quite possibly Marvel’s best film yet, a perfect storm of charismatic actors; breathtakingly well-shot kung fu; fun, often hilarious, action scenes; and an engaging story. Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience) plays the lead role of Shang-Chi, a prodigal son estranged from his 1,000-year-old father Wenwu, played by […]

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We Need to Do Something

We Need To Do Something is a single-location horror movie that skillfully packs a cramped space full of suspense and scares. After a family of four seeks shelter from a storm in their home’s bathroom, they become trapped. The setup at first plays on the relatable fear of being surrounded by familial tension. In this […]

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It Takes Three

It Takes Three is the latest teen-take on Cyrano de Bergerac. When the coolest guy in school realizes the object of his affection sees through his bullshit, he enlists the class nerd to make his social media accounts more about substance than style. While not as strong as Netflix’s The Half of It, the film […]

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No Man of God

While No Man of God isn’t the one Ted Bundy movie to watch, it is one worth watching. Ostensibly about FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier, the film spans from his initial meeting with an incarcerated Bundy during the inception of the agency’s criminal profiling unit to Bundy’s last days alive. Bundy, of course, still steals the […]