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Schindler’s List

This was published on December 15, 1993, and we are republishing it in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary rerelease. Oskar Schindler would have been an easier man to understand if he’d been a conventional hero, fighting for his beliefs. The fact that he was flawed – a drinker, a gambler, a womanizer, driven by…

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Into the Dark: Pooka

“Timecrimes” and “Colossal” director Nacho Vigalondo does not care about the traditional rules of genre, and he’s incredibly willing to push back against audience expectations. A lot of filmmakers would have thrown up their hands at the very concept of “Colossal,” but he dives into the deep end. Now, that doesn’t mean all of his…

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Vox Lux

The moment is unnerving: 15-year-old Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) lies in bed with a man she just met, a man much older than she is who is drifting in and out of pill-induced unconsciousness. A piece of silver fabric is wrapped around her throat, and her eyes are smudged with mascara. She looks very young and…

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Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes

A harrowing media horror story, “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes” opens on the night that director Alexis Bloom sees as the culmination of Ailes’ own dream, whether he saw it that way or not: the nomination of Donald Trump as Republican presidential candidate at the GOP convention in Cleveland Ohio. The movie…

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Dumplin’

The makeover montage is as much a tradition in romantic comedies as the meet cute. Going back as far as Cinderella to characters from Eliza Doolittle to “Pretty Woman,” there is enduring appeal in the transformation of female characters into more conventionally attractive and glamorous versions of themselves, usually to an upbeat pop song. Transformation…

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Ben Is Back

Christmas can be emotionally fraught no matter who you are or what family you grew up in, but it can be especially tricky when you’re an addict, and even more so when you have a tenuous grasp on your recovery. This is supposed to be such a joyous time—the most wonderful time of the year,…

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