Kore-eda’s Monster keeps us guessing

The prolific director Hirozaku Kore-eda's latest is a complex braid of stories about secrets that seem too scary to reveal.

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It’s allergy season, and I’m allergic to Godzilla

You'll think about Japanese wartime and post-war history. You'll find a focus on redemption and grace. You'll cheer for great special effects. And if you're luckier than me, it might become your favorite Godzilla movie.

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Haynes hits a tense, hilarious high with May December

Just as Todd Haynes's new film keeps us guessing about Julianne Moore's deceptive ex-con and Natalie Portman's scheming method actor, it keeps us guessing what kind of movie it really means to be.

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The great Nicolas Cage shows up for Dream Scenario, but is the movie worthy of him?

No, Nicolas Cage is not "funnier than he's ever been." But he's really funny. And while everyone complains about the lackluster ending, let me praise what it does so well.

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The Holdovers lives up to its name

Alexander Payne's latest has its highlights, even if it holds us a little too long, and strains a little too hard for a crowd-pleasing conclusion.

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Beauty and the rock’n’roll beast: Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla

A double-feature of Priscilla and Spencer might be a fascinating study. Or it might seem merely redundant.

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Misgivings about “a masterpiece”: Killers of the Flower Moon

Scorsese's new epic features some of the strongest and most conscientious work of his career. But the fact I'm opening with words about him here hints at what gives me mixed feelings about the film.

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Bottoms is for 2023 what Heathers was for 1988

Here's a high school comedy about hormones and hijinks that goes to violent extremes, afflicting the comfortable and making the uncomfortable laugh until they're sick.

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Lily Gladstone goes soul-searching in The Unknown Country

You're probably hearing a lot about Lily Gladstone's performance in Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon. In fact, she was just as magnetic earlier this year in The Unknown Country, a film worth seeking out on streaming services, and one of my favorites of 2023.

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