Movie Reviews

Starring: Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Josephine Langford, Khadijha Red Thunder

After

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The new young adult romance After is not quite dullsville, but it assiduously avoids real drama. Anytime the storyline sets up the potential for explosive conflict — a wedding cake begging to be toppled, a mother walking in on her daughter astride a half-naked young man — the characters turn away. What should be the […]

Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell, Bruce Dern

The Mustang

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An angry, anti-social inmate. An angry, unbroken horse. A program to have prisoners train wild mustangs to be sold at auction, rather than euthanized. You know where The Mustang is going. Except you don’t, really. The movie, from Belgian actress-turned-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, takes some unexpected turns and either minimizes or rethinks a lot of […]

Starring: Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Estelle Parsons

Diane

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“What’s wrong?” This line is the first bit of dialogue uttered in Diane, the debut narrative feature film from movie critic/documentarian Kent Jones, and it is the sentiment that lingers over viewers for 95 long minutes. The film stars the exceptional Mary Kay Place in a rare leading role as the titular widowed, middle-aged woman […]

Starring: The voices of Emma Thompson, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Hugh Jackman, Timothy Olyphant

Missing Link

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A surprisingly nuanced political and cultural commentary wrapped in a high-adventure animated film for kids (and adults who are paying attention).
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Gabrielle Union, Michael K. Williams, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater

The Public

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Emilio Estevez's well-meaning film about the relevance of public libraries is a frequently clunky experience.
Starring: Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Dev Patel, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Jason Isaacs, Anupam Kher

Hotel Mumbai

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Based on a true story, Hotel Mumbai dramatizes the 2008 terrorist attack that took the lives of nearly 200 people.
Starring: Naian González Norvind, Christian Vazquez, Carolina Politi

Leona

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The latest Asheville Jewish Film Festival selection is a low-key, carefully balanced romantic drama.
Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker

Us

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Ali McGhee and Melissa Williams debate the new thriller from "Get Out" writer/director Jordan Peele.