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Biopics stride a fine line when seeking to depict the frailties of tragic subjects. On one hand, the film should serve as an oracle for the protagonist’s truth, both internal and external. A … more
Setting a “Predator” prequel in the early 18th century North American Great Plains might sound like a stodgy prospect. Instead, “Prey” proves an exhilarating choice, reframing the … more
Despite its moniker, “Minions: The Rise of Gru” is far less a 1970s story about the genesis of the “Despicable Me” protagonist than an excuse to get his lemon-colored, pill-shaped stooges … more
Besides being an uproariously funny film, “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” is a piercing parody of the celebrity musician biopic, ribbing the rags to riches, ruination, and finally redemption … more
With “Jurassic Park’s” wide-eyed sense of wonder and scientific discovery well in our rearview mirror, “Jurassic Park Dominion” is a scientific fiction film that does not feel too far ahead … more
Three one-sentence title cards at the outset of Pixar Animation’s “Lightyear” reveal this was the film that young Andy from “Toy Story” watched that made him yearn for a Buzz Lightyear … more
With “Jurassic Park’s” wide-eyed sense of wonder and scientific discovery well in our rearview mirror, “Jurassic Park Dominion” is a scientific-fiction film that does … more
Late in the film adaptation of “No Country for Old Men,” aging Sheriff Ed Tom Bell visits his uncle Ellis, a wheelchair-bound ex-lawman. Ed Tom laments the lost promise of old age, the absence of … more
One day, drone camerawork will become a blasé part of filmmaking. Today, it is a burgeoning, exciting expansion of the production process, employed with dizzying exhilaration in Michael Bay’s … more
Adrian Lyne’s “Deep Water” puts the “psycho” in “psychological thriller.”  For his first feature film in 20 years, Lyne returns to the familiar … more
THE CN+R REVIEW | NEIL MORRIS While most 21st century films featuring Batman have cast him as a Caped Crusader or Dark Knight, writer-director Matt Reeves’s reboot/rehash, titled simply “The … more
It is high time to discuss Steven Soderbergh’s rank among the greatest American directors, certainly the most prolific. more
“Death on the Nile” is cinematic comfort food, an engrossing but breezy chamber piece with sufficient depth of setting and character. It’s a world that is fun to visit, and one I hope Branagh returns to in future sequels. more
Journalism professor Buck Ryan in Kentucky and English lecturer Lei Jiao in Wuhan, China, are back with their fifth film review for the News + Record, channeling the great Luigi Pirandello, known for … more
The through line running across writer-director Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Mothers” is the strength and resilience of mothers, often in the absence — voluntary and otherwise — of men. … more
Editor’s note: While news media obsess over U.S.-China relations, a little-known conflict was just resolved. Spoiler alert: Looks like Hollywood won this one. The battle over global box office … more
Best Film of 2021: ”The Power of the Dog” Writer-director Jane Champion tackles the American West in this engrossing dissection of everything from masculinity to class, sexism, sexuality and … more
Like most children, I grew up watching Disney movies. I kept a collection of DVD’s above my bedside packed with my favorites — “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Alice in … more
Hugging the line of limoscene liberalism, “Don’t Look Up” is unabashedly on the nose. It is a malady that plagued director Adam McKay’s last two films, the overrated “The Big Short” and … more
Fresh off disposing of a mysterious body in mysterious fashion, drifter Stan Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) wanders into the camp of a traveling carnival during the opening moments of director Guillermo … more
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