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Movie Review: “Wonder Wheel” is Woody Allen’s Sexist Nadir
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Movie Review: “Wonder Wheel” is Woody Allen’s Sexist Nadir

Woody Allen’s latest movie opens on a cluttered beach on Coney Island in the 1950s, a canvas so teeming with people we almost expect to see Waldo among its frolicking, sun-tanning ranks. We do get Justin Timberlake as Mickey, a lifeguard who doubles as the movie’s narrator, and who moonlights as an aspiring playwright. Because […]
Movie Review: “The Man Who Invented Christmas” Slights its Subject
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Movie Review: “The Man Who Invented Christmas” Slights its Subject

South Florida author Les Standiford’s lively and revelatory book The Man Who Invented Christmas, about Charles Dickens’ writing and self-funded publication of A Christmas Carol, backs up its provocative title. Sure, Christmas had been celebrated since before the first centennial. But A Christmas Carol, Standiford asserted—a novella penned in six weeks, its author crippled by […]
Movie Review: “Murder on the Orient Express” goes through the (loco)motions
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Movie Review: “Murder on the Orient Express” goes through the (loco)motions

What is the point of the new version of “Murder on the Orient Express?” Cemented as a diamond-flawless example of the mystery genre, Agatha Christie’s whodunit has previously enjoyed three adaptations for film and TV, with Sidney Lumet’s marvelous 1974 movie widely lauded as the essential screen version. For Kenneth Branagh—directing, co-producing and starring as […]
Movie Review: “Wonderstruck” is Precious, but Lives up to its Title
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Movie Review: “Wonderstruck” is Precious, but Lives up to its Title

It’s hard to imagine Todd Haynes, one of the subversive and experimental filmmakers in America, training his lens on a commercial children’s adventure. Yet “Wonderstruck,” adapted from a hefty YA novel by Brian Selznick, exists, and for the most part it works. As with Haynes’ previous efforts “Carol,” “Far From Heaven” and “Velvet Goldmine,” “Wonderstruck” […]
Movie Review: “Suburbicon” Jumbles Crime Comedy, Race Drama
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Movie Review: “Suburbicon” Jumbles Crime Comedy, Race Drama

Hollywood has long cast a jaundiced eye to the uniform sprawl of suburban America—its picket fences, its wall-manicured lawns, its aroma of housewives’ pies wafting from windowsills. Sitcoms established the (entirely white) suburban fantasy, “The Twilight Zone” punctured it, and films from “Blue Velvet” to “American Beauty” to “Happiness” to “Pleasantville” staked its heart, letting […]
Profound “Florida Project” Movie Draws Humor, Pathos from Urban Poverty
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Profound “Florida Project” Movie Draws Humor, Pathos from Urban Poverty

“The Florida Project,” writer-director Sean Baker’s follow-up to 2015’s “Tangerine,” is no less extraordinary, and no less defined by its sense of place. It’s set in a sweltering Kissimmee summer, in a Disney-adjacent cluster of dead-end, extended-stay fleabags with irony-rich names like Futureland and Magic Castle. Surrounded by chintzy gift shops and roadside tourist traps, […]
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