Benign Shadows

New York writer and performer Awkwafina played the Eve Arden part in Crazy Rich Asians. Blonde of wig and husky of voice, her wacky...

Bon Voyage

Maiden, a documentary about the first all-female yacht crew to participate in the Whitbread Race in 1989-90, dwells upon the emotional state of the...

Force of Nature

If there’s one sad thing historians know about official histories, it’s that success has a thousand fathers … but few mothers. From the days...

Spider-Man Abroad

It’s not yet July 4th, and audiences can already experience Summer Movie Leakage. Spider-Man: Far From Home commences with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)...

One 4 All

Nobody today knows how to drill into childhood trauma like Pixar, to find the nerves connected to an empty-nest parent’s anxieties, or to the...

The Lizard King

What’s killing the cinema, #448 in a series: not enough exclamation points in titles, a clear proof of lack of confidence. And bring back...

The Busy Season

Among this summer’s cascade of moving images, there’s one fun coincidence: a reboot of Child’s Play opening the same late-June weekend as Pixar’s Toy...

Quite Contrary

The Eastertide story Mary Magdalene has an underpowered Rooney Mara in the title role as a girl of the lonely fisher-village of Magdala. She...

Trunk Sale

Aside from some gross racial caricaturing the original Dumbo (1941) is an unusually hand-made cartoon. Here in 64 minutes is not just the elephant...

Run Rabbit Run

Break out your decoder rings; the flawed but intriguing Us’s political subtleness is hidden by its straightforward terror. Among other things, Jordan Peele’s followup...