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New to Streaming: ‘Minding the Gap,’ ‘Upgrade,’ ‘American Animals,’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles […]

Alfonso Cuarón’s Mexico-Set Drama ‘ROMA’ Gets Stunning First Trailer

Following up his epic space drama Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón is getting grounded with his follow-up ROMA. Set to premiere at Venice, then play at TIFF and NYFF, the drama is set in Mexico City in the early ’70s as we follow a middle-class family, and specifically its nanny and housekeeper (Yalitza Aparicio). After a brief tease and […]

Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a Muddled, Shallow, and Empty Step Backwards for Asian-American Representation

The story is older than Shakespeare: two star-crossed lovers attempt to make things work despite a family’s best (worst) efforts. The difference here, as Hollywood would have you believe, is that this is radical when placed in a new context. Like Love, Simon earlier this year, Crazy Rich Asians’ place in the contemporary culture is predicated […]

New Trailer for Steve McQueen’s Crime Drama ‘Widows’ Puts a Plan in Motion

Set for a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Widows marks the return of Steve McQueen, six years after his multiple Oscar-winner 12 Years a Slave. The star-studded crime drama, based on the British television series, features a script co-written by Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn, and now 20th Century Fox has released a new trailer. Starring Viola […]

Review: ‘Cielo’ is an Eye-Popping But Inert Look at the Chilean Night Sky

Despite opening atop Chile’s Las Campanas Observatory, Cielo is not strictly a scientific documentary, or even a film about astronomy. It does not purport to contain answers to our deepest questions about what lies far beyond the stars in the night sky. Instead, it’s a film that looks in wide-eyed awe at the vastness of the […]

‘Green Book’ Trailer: Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali Lead Peter Farrelly’s First Drama

Responsible for some of the most iconic comedies of the 1990s with Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, Peter Farrelly is now breaking into the field of drama with his solo directorial effort Green Book. Recently announced as a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Universal Pictures has now released the first trailer […]

U.S. Trailer for Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ Takes a Psychedelic, Dance-Fueled Trip

There were a number of surprising developments at Cannes Film Festival, but perhaps at the top of the list was that a new film from Gaspar Noé was not only one of his best films, but also one of the best of the entire festival. Coming off of his provocative (and not much else) 3D feature […]

Danny McBride Holds Rosemarie DeWitt Hostage in First Trailer for ‘Arizona’

Premiering at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year was the directorial debut of Vice Principals producer Jonathan Watson, which, of course, reunited him with Danny McBride. Arizona follows his character in the late aughts housing crisis as he fights back in violent ways against losing his house. His victim is a single mom played by Rosemarie DeWitt, […]

Review: ‘We the Animals’ is a Complex, Stunning Coming of Age Tale

The boys and their father are slumped in the back of a dying pickup truck. Minutes earlier, dad lost his job, in part because he brought the boys with him to his overnight security gig; the boss showed up, an altercation took place before the trio’s eyes, and now the truck is being towed. An […]

Review: ‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’ is an Unabashed Slice of Shlock Cinema

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich will turn some heads, but it will surely turn more stomachs. These feel like the most crystalline goals of writer S. Craig Zahler (writer-director of Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99) with his reimagining of the Puppet Master franchise, helmed by directors Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund. In this […]