Richard Von Busack

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Digging Dirt

A difficult part of this quarantine stems from an essential loss of American identity: If you’re not working, and you can’t buy...

The Goldilocks Paradox

It’s fair to describe Hillary as a warts-and-all portrait. The four-part documentary shuttles between the 2016 presidential campaign and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s...

‘Overwhelm the Sky’ Makes its reach

Overwhelm the Sky is the kind of slippery film that gets called "ambitious" as a backhanded way of saying that it tried...

Flammable Romance

The two-woman, huntress-gets-captured-by-the-game romance Portrait of a Lady on Fire offers a lot, particularly ravishing color that makes the actresses look like...

Night of Two-Dozen Stars

This year, the Oscars are like the cocktail bars at too many of today’s receptions: no-host. One by one, some two-dozen stars will climb up...

Oscar-nominated animated shorts screen together

Get out your handkerchiefs, because rich tales of sadness constitute this year’s selection of Oscar animated shorts—cancer, Alzheimer’s and mistreated animals are among the...

‘Aeronauts’ keeps its head in the clouds

The gallant and thrilling The Aeronauts bypasses the problem of telling an adventure story about Victorians with large beards by making a romantic fiction...

War Stories

On April 16 in the year 1917, during the First World War, a pair of dozing English soldiers—Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman)—are...

Best on Screen

The top 10 films of 2019, in alphabetical order: The Big Hack, Captive State, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, The Lighthouse, 1917, Once Upon...

Rise & Fall

As you’re composing yourself after the brassy blast of John Williams’ theme song with its 42 years of weight behind it, here comes the...
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