May 19, 2019

This comedic biography starring Molly Shannon draws on current scholarship and undoes the myths and homophobia of 2016’s “A Quiet Passion.” Read more

May 14, 2019

I was pleasantly surprised by the dry humor and film noir nods in “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu,” but unearned pathos weighs down an otherwise joyous experience. Read more

May 12, 2019

László Nemes’ follow-up to his Oscar-winning Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” is comparably unsettling, in portraying the twilight of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Read more

May 5, 2019

This documentary, now on Netflix, follows the 2018 battle of AOC and 3 other progressive women for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more

April 28, 2019

Well-crafted visuals of an equine prison rehab program only partly compensate for a simplistic story. Read more

April 21, 2019

Ethan Hawke’s biopic of singer-songwriter Blaze Foley goes for characterization and soft-spoken wisdom rather than grand moments. Read more

April 14, 2019

Another well-curated set of docs from Durham gives us plenty of solid, provocative viewing options for the coming months. Read more

April 6, 2019

This enlightening and often hilarious doc on the Satanic Temple – the biggest crowd-pleaser of the fest so far – should show progressive theists and secular humanists that they have a colorful ally in today’s culture wars. Read more

April 5, 2019

Funny, poignant, provocative: the opening night film at Durham’s superb documentary festival reveals the culture clash when a Chinese manufacturer expands to Ohio. Read more

March 31, 2019

Well, it’s the only one I know, actually. But still check it out, for its strong lead character, vivid sense of place, and well-balanced levity and social commentary. Read more

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