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SXSW 2024: Diane Warren: Relentless, Thank You Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story, Omar and Cedric: If This Ever Gets Weird, Preconceived
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“Diane Warren: Relentless” is a rare documentary on an influential musician that doesn’t feel as if it’s either been interfered with by the parties that hold the music rights or self-censored into mush by the filmmakers for fear of alienating the...
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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
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Like Slimer shoving snacks in his ravenous maw, “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” tries to cram way too many characters, storylines and iconic images into its two-hour runtime.  Director Gil Kenan’s film does a vaguely better job of balancing the old and the new than its predecessor, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” It finesses the...
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Disney+ Returns to the Classic World of X-Men ’97
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When Disney purchased Fox in 2019, one of the first questions was how soon the X-Men would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Imagine characters like Wolverine and Professor Xavier crossing over with Deadpool and Doctor Strange. Superhero fandom saw...
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True To Yourself: James Gray on James Gray’s New York
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A modern American master, James Gray makes richly textured, near-operatically expressive melodramas that swirl together history and myth in the realm of the personal.  The roots of his uniquely classical style of filmmaking—at once exquisitely controlled and emotionally intense—reach back...
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SXSW 2024: Songs from the Hole, The Black Sea, Adrianne & The Castle
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SXSW has long been the fun cousin to the Sundance Film Festival–a music and tech fest all rolled into one, set in the sun-soaked climes of Austin, TX in the springtime, rather than the stifling cold and thin air of...
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SXSW 2024: Sing Sing, Bob Trevino Likes It, Hood Witch
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“Sing Sing” is perfectly timed. Social media users are normalizing ignorance and incuriosity for clout, and characterizing anyone who is interested in art that they don’t already know they like as “pretentious” or “only pretending” to like it, essentially trying...
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Limbo
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The Australian actor Simon Baker has spent a good portion of his career in Hollywood, in amiable lead roles on television and mostly amiable second leads in film. He often sports a slightly unruly mop of sandy hair, which helps...
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Netflix Dutifully Unpacks Memorable Cases in Overdone Homicide: New York
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“On the island of Manhattan there are two detective squads dedicated to homicides: Manhattan North and Manhattan South. They investigate the most brutal and difficult murders.” You can almost hear the classic “Law & Order” boom-boom sound at the end...
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Becoming Other: Another Look at Under the Skin
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“Under the Skin” revolves around an unnamed alien creature played by Scarlett Johannsson roaming around the streets of Glasgow in Scotland observing, mimicking, and devouring human beings. For the sake of comprehension, this analysis will refer to this character as...
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When Paul Simon Bombed at the Movies
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Last night, MGM+ premiered the first chapter of its two-part documentary “In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon.” (Part Two airs this Sunday.) It’s an exhaustive look at the 82-year-old singer-songwriter’s career—or, at least, the first chunk of it,...
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