Puzzled and surprised

This film looks like a movie made from far-too-familiar pieces. Instead, Puzzle is a delightful and rewarding surprise.


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Dead Poets Society and the Legacy of Dr. Luke Reinsma

Four years ago this week, I wrote about how I had changed my mind about "Dead Poets Society." This week, I re-post it as a tribute to my favorite professor.


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Nature versus nurture… versus nefarious villains

Three Identical Strangers is about the joys of brotherhood, the importance of free information and effective journalism, the difference between nature and nurture, and the dangers of science unchecked by conscience.


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A riches-to-bigger-riches story

Crazy Rich Asians is a Cinderella story in which someone much richer than most of us discovers that wealth is relative, and she might not measure up to the standards of China's super-rich.


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It’s a beautiful day in Eighth Grader-hood

If "Love is attention," like they say in Lady Bird, then the secret of Eighth Grade is the love it shows its central character: 13-year-old Kayla.


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Ethan-ized: A new Mission: Impossible offers an incomplete hero

While Mission: Impossible—Fallout played, I loved every minute of it. But afterward, I had an itch that I couldn't scratch. I wrote this to scratch it.


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Beat the heat with Hearts Beat Loud

Just what the summer movie season needed: a light, fun, frivolous 90 minutes in a record store with Nick Offerman.


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Fred Rogers: a lantern for troubled times

I'm not likely to see a more memorable, meaningful movie all year. Neither are you.


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Into the woods with Will and Tom

From the director of Winter's Bone, Leave No Trace is a powerful portrait of a father and daughter that asks us what price we're willing to pay in order to live with integrity and freedom.


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