Anne Hathaway and Thomasin McKenzie in Eileen

Eileen review: dark psychological chills and thrills

Eileen is a disconcerting psychological drama featuring stellar performances from Anne Hathaway and Thomasin McKenzie. These are dark characters who exist in a dreary world. Their story is not a happy one and the ending is inconclusive.

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An-Li Bogan in The American Society of Magical Negroes

The American Society of Magical Negroes review, not quite magical

The American Society of Magical Negroes is a satire meant to demonstrate how ridiculous white people are about race. It was trying to do something comparable to Dear White People, but it didn’t quite work. Maybe that comparison is unfair

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Siobhán Cullen, Will Forte, and Robyn Cara in Bodkin

Bodkin review, podcasters in for a surprise

Bodkin is full of surprises. This review will avoid revealing any spoilers or surprises, because they are the secret sauce in this comedy about a podcaster looking for a story in a small Irish town near the sea.

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Aitana in Love, Divided

Love, Divided review: Spanish remake of a French rom-com

Love, Divided (Pared con pared) is a Spanish rom-com about two feuding neighbors who fall in love through a wall. It’s a remake of the French version of the story, called Blind Date. I remember seeing Blind Date a few

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Carla Gugino, Melissa Benoist, Natasha Behnam, and Christina Elmore in The Girls on the Bus

The Girls on the Bus review, women power takes a ride

The Girls on the Bus takes four different women journalists and puts them on a bus following after a candidate for President. The political aspect of the story forms the background for the central relationship between the women.

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Harvey Keitel and Melanie Lynskey in The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz review, memories of surviving real horrors

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is Lali Sokolov’s story about love and survival in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. As an old man, Lali told his story to Heather Morris. She made his memories into a book. This six part television series

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Anne Hathaway in The Idea of You

The Idea of You review: this rom-com’s a little different

The Idea of You is absolutely a rom-com. Yet it manages to feel more substantive than the usual fluffy romance we are flooded with of late. Maybe it felt more grounded to me because the plot is about a woman

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Isabela Merced in Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down review, excellent mental health story

Turtles All the Way Down is a careful and well done exploration of mental illness in a teen girl played by Isabela Merced. It’s a story of friendship, budding romance, grief, love, and obsession.

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Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, and Melissa McCarthy in Unfrosted

Unfrosted review: silly fun from Jerry Seinfeld

Unfrosted is all the comedy things: satire, parody, double entendres, physical nonsense, word play, exaggeration, topical visuals, and an abundance of cameos from well known comic actors. It was co-written by Jerry Seinfeld and is his first time as a

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Glen Powell and Sydney Sweeney in Anyone But You

Anyone But You review: working the tropes and getting laughs

Anyone But You is a rom-com loosely based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It uses similar character names, silly misunderstandings, a few quotes from the Bard plastered about the sets, and very broad humor. It’s been modernized to include

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