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Director Rian Johnson infuses his modern whodunit with zippy dialogue, social commentary, and a star-studded cast.
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” inspired by an Esquire article, is about the beneficence bestowed by Fred Rogers upon all in his orbit.
“Harriet,” the new biopic movie about Harriet Tubman, showcases her heroism and elevates the resilience and faith of women who were enslaved.
“The Irishman,” from director Martin Scorsese, is a sentimental, 3 1/2-hour gangster epic starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci.
In the documentary “The Cave,” an inspiring woman serving as a physician dodges detractors and bombs to save lives in Ghouta, Syria.
The Monitor’s culture writer and its film critic discuss the new Joker origin story. What does backlash portend for movies that push boundaries?
Can goodness shine as brightly as badness in movies? Several films buck stereotypes and counterbalance a sea of dark new offerings like ‘Joker.’
Is political satire possible today? A film critic reflects on that after seeing “Jojo Rabbit,” the latest from writer-director Taika Waititi.
Hollywood is not known for embracing actors beyond a certain age. But does a flurry of new offerings with seasoned stars suggest a changing view?
“Blinded by the Light,” like another recent movie, “Yesterday,” is about embracing Western music as a way of transcending racial barriers.
Nanfu Wang began “One Child Nation” as a way to rediscover her past. Ultimately, she documents the harrowing effects of the former Chinese policy.
A documentary about gender issues in show business reminds a former congressional reporter about the way women achieved recent victories in politics.
Traditional mothering roles are giving way to ones featuring heroism and, as in “Bernadette,” independence. What does the shift signal about society?
The beekeeper lifestyle chronicled in “Honeyland” is uncommon, yet it speaks to universal truths about survival and human connection.
How does a family living across two cultures reconcile differences? “The Farewell,” based on a true story, shows one way to navigate such a split.
The paradox of the Tarantino oeuvre, notes film critic Peter Rainer, is that it is highly derivative and yet the films seem distinctly his.
The musician’s creative and spiritual rebirth is the subject of the new film “David Crosby: Remember My Name.”
Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk, our critic surveys lunar movies, from a semi-animated 1902 classic to the recent “First Man.”
The film is ripe with possibilities, but in the end, ‘Yesterday’ misses what made the Beatles such a phenomenon.
Besides “Toy Story 4,” the lesser known “American Woman,” “Pavarotti,” and “The Spy Behind Home Plate” are our critic’s June offerings worth seeing.
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