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Woman in a yellow dress and man in a shirt and tie dancing wildly
24 December 2016

La La Land is the most exhilarating film of the year. That becomes obvious before the title credit even appears.   

Opening on the scene of...

Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck, left) has a difficult relationship with nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) in Manchester by the Sea.
06 December 2016

As a critic, I’ve always been amused when dissenting readers ask the clichéd question, “Did we even see the same movie?” So it’s ironic to realize I’m...

13 November 2016

 

 

If I told you Moonlight is about an African-American boy growing up in a world of drugs and poverty, you’d probably begin to form...

Boy standing on beach
11 November 2016

If I told you Moonlight is about an African-American boy growing up in a world of drugs and poverty, you’d probably begin to form an image of the...

3D cartoon girl at a table with pencil and book
24 October 2016

What happens when you want to turn a popular work of literature into cinema but it’s not long enough to serve your purposes?

In the case of Tolkien’s...

Man and woman on the floor taking a selfie
30 September 2016

Going to Shadowbox Live can be a humbling experience. The troupe’s so-called “metaperformers” are so busy, ambitious and talented that you can’t help...

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