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  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
  • Nashville
  • Jules and Jim
  • Lawrence of Arabia

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  • Sharp Stick

  • Let Him Go

  • West Side Story


Recent reviews

  • Sharp Stick

    Sharp Stick

    Lena Dunham Sticks It to Euphoria.
    A post-feminist sex fantasy beats the competition.

    Lena Dunham, who originated the six-season HBO series Girls, is not to be outdone by HBO’s rival soft-core hit Euphoria. Her new film, Sharp Stick, presents the curiosity and initiation of Sarah Jo (Kristine Froseth), a 26-year-old slowly adjusting to contemporary sexual life. It’s writer-director-actress Dunham’s comic response to Euphoria’s lurid melodrama — a critique of that show’s Zendaya-in-Pornland premise.

    Sarah Jo’s young womanhood is stymied after…

  • Let Him Go

    Let Him Go

    Kevin Costner’s Career Politics.
    Parsing the work of an actor who divides his fans unnecessarily, this time by supporting Liz Cheney.

    Kevin Costner is the latest movie star to negate his own prestige by making a careless political statement. He posed for a photograph wearing a cowboy hat, boots, sunglasses, and a T-shirt emblazoned with “I’m for Liz Cheney.” If this was just a role, it’s his riskiest one yet.

    The Costner image was taken on the Montana set of…

Popular reviews

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Despite repeated requests of six separate publicists, Warners and Sunshine Sachs declined to show me a prerelease screener of and denied me press access to Justice League. Readers may decide whether this insult is from fecklessness, incompetence or more nefarious reasons.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder’s Restored Grand Vision.
    He’s remaking our moral need into more than comic-book stuff.

    Zack Snyder’s Justice League (that’s the complete title) differs significantly from the 2017 film Justice League, a project Snyder began that was mutilated when Warner Brothers assigned Joss Whedon to rework it. Through the confluence of venal corporate interference, a rare instance of public outcry about the movie business (the online demand #ReleaseTheSnyderCut), and the opportunity to jump-start the new streaming service HBO Max, Snyder…