My ‘Nai Nai’ … and why I don’t care for The Farewell

The summer's most surprising hit, The Farewell has almost every critic singing its praises. Me, I might be a heartless monster, because I wasn't moved by it at all.


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Why I need Terry Gilliam’s Quixotica

Can Terry Gilliam, after all that he and this troubled production has been through, deliver a satisfying Don Quixote movie based on inspiration that is now more than three decades old?


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Georgia O’Keeffe and others review The Lion King (2019)

Disney celebrates itself by making a shot-for-shot, photo-realistic remake of an audience favorite. According to the reviewers I admire and tend to trust, this is a product of the circle of lifelessness.


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Toy Story 4 and the Gabby Gabby problem

In Part 3 of my review, we wrestle with questions about controversial plot twists. (There will be spoilers!)


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Well played, Pixar! Thoughts on Toy Story 4

Part One of a three-part reflection on Toy Story 4, in which I am proven wrong and the movie turns out to be a fantastic, opening up promising new frontiers for these beloved characters.


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I Am Not a Witch (2018)

Don't miss this overlooked treasure from 2018: a mystical "fantasy" about a young Zambian girl condemned as a witch.


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Booksmart (2019)

Booksmart is certainly energetic and exciting. But do its high-powered hormones overwhelm its generous heart?


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Her Smell (2019)

Elisabeth Moss stars as Becky Something, a ferociously self-destructive rock star who challenges us to consider the tenacity of our love.


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