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December 15, 2019   |   Ithaca, NY

Review: Horror movie “La Llorona” is cursed to fail

By | Apr 28, 2019

For decades, horror movies have replicated the hard work “The Exorcist” did in 1973 to produce one sleek but soulless thrill ride after another.

Review: Body-swap film centers blackness but falls short

By | Apr 23, 2019

“Little” opens with obligatory narration — “Allow me to introduce myself” — but there is nobody going to see “Little” who won’t realize immediately where it’s headed.

Review: “Pet Sematary” comes back from the grave

By | Apr 15, 2019

If an ominous phantom tells you not to mess with the barrier between life and death, you’d think you should listen to him.

Review: “The Highwaymen” is a drag

By | Apr 7, 2019

Few images have been burned into the American consciousness like the young robbers’ violent demise in Arthur Penn’s “Bonnie and Clyde.” Bullets punch through the car into Bonnie and catch Clyde in an agonizing slow-motion free-fall, a haunting, iconic scene that looms over John Lee Hancock’s new Netflix drama, “The Highwaymen.” It’s about the Texas Rangers who riddled Bonnie and Clyde with bullets, and Hancock’s film never leaves the shadow of Penn’s 1967 take on the story.

Review: Atmospheric visions abound in “Vide Noir”

By | Apr 29, 2018

Lord Huron, an indie-folk dynamo of Midwestern mysticism and lakeside loneliness, returns with an updated sound and an eye toward the stars.

Review: Incoherent narrative haunts ‘Ismaël’s Ghosts’

By | Apr 28, 2018

Desplechin’s direction is as hypnotic as his story is muddled, and at least his central performers get ample opportunities to show off their range.

Review: ‘Wonderstruck’ is anything but wonderful

By | Dec 5, 2017

Haynes and Selznick undoubtedly set out to tell a story about children for children, but nobody said it had to be bland.

Review: Horrendous horror film is an unhappy affair

By | Oct 16, 2017

It is a slasher set in a time loop, and director Christopher Landon seems to think that premise alone is enough to power the whole film.

Review: ‘Patti Cake$’ can’t hit the high note

By | Sep 6, 2017

But the absurdism undermines the film’s attempts at genuineness, and the more poignant moments don’t land.

Review: Stellar performances roar during packed awards season

By | Feb 22, 2017

Garth Davis excels in ways that shouldn’t look so easy: His world is appropriately naturalistic and his story smoothly balances its emotional heft.

Review: Stunning graphics and acting save film

By | Apr 19, 2016

In Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book,” Christopher Walken voices a giant orangutan.

Review: Garratt’s style shifts create exciting album

By | Mar 7, 2016

Much of the album sizzles with a popping energy courtesy of Garratt’s piercing falsetto and an inclination toward a style that’s constantly changing.