Review: The Hateful Eight is Spectacle and Theater All In One

Quentin Tarantino was born to make Westerns. Professors, screenwriting consultants, and industry professionals warn against writing them given their expense and waning popularity, not to mention the sheer difficulty of producing one. And yet, with few exceptions, the few that get the greenlight prove what a delight the Western...
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Review: Brooklyn Is An Ode To Love and Longing

Tales about home exist in great number, but none are as painterly or as affecting as Brooklyn. Twenty-something lass Ellis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) is about to be a New Yorker, thanks to an arrangement from her sister Rose (Fiona Glascott) with the family’s priest (Jim Broadbent). Brooklyn proves to be...
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Review: Spotlight Is Spot-On

Reporters and cops have more in common than they realize, a source told me when I was a crime journalist. Both consider their jobs a calling, and both think they’re on the side of the angels. Whatever angels and callings are in the film Spotlight, none are explicitly stated. The Boston Globe reporters...
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