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Colette

Subscriber onlyWash Westmoreland's Colette starts out as a thuddingly orthodox literary biopic, complete with obvious music cues and scenes telegraphing the damped fire of our coquettish country heroine. If you are familiar with the broad outlines of the career of French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, better known as simply Colette (Keira Knightley), you might feel impatient with the stage-setting, ready to move on to Paris and beyond. Continue reading...

The Tale

Subscriber onlyGripping and disturbing, Jennifer Fox's The Tale is one of the signal films of 2018, a movie that is visceral and stunning and likely to trigger. It was a sensation at Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by HBO. After premiering on the cable channel in May, it's now available for streaming. But it's the kind of movie that is best seen in mixed company, with a diverse crowd. Continue reading...

Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer

Subscriber onlyGosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer is a more than adequate horror film. Based on the true story of a irredeemable crime committed by a monstrous man, it's directed with cool competence by Nick Searcy, best known for his portray of federal marshal Art Mullen on Justified, who has enjoyed a long career as a reliable character actor. (Searcy also takes one of the best roles in this film for himself, as defense attorney Mike Cohan.) Continue reading...

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Marvel's Venom eclipses Star

Subscriber onlyScathing critical reviews have had little bearing on film performance these days as movies with poor Rotten Tomatoes scores have found major success at the box office. Continue reading...

Gosnell is a crime story, not a political story

Subscriber only"When we met him in prison, he looked like he'd just come off the 18th hole on a golf course." Continue reading...

Bad Times at the El Royale

Subscriber onlyThroughout his career, writer-director Drew Goddard has found clever ways to make real world settings safe for the afterlife (The Good Place), the undead (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) or even science fiction (Lost, The Cabin in the Woods, The Martian). With Bad Times at the El Royale, it's reasonable to expect Goddard to throw in some ghosts or some extraterrestrial beings. Continue reading...

The Hate U Give

Subscriber onlyAtlas had it easy. He only had one world to carry. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. Your work ethic has never been stronger and you'll devote yourself to a serious effort that also just happens to delight you. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Science

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Helpful Hints

Subscriber onlyDEAR HELOISE: My husband and I were so excited about our trip to New Zealand that we posted on social media when we'd leave and return, and promised to post pictures of our trip. Continue reading...

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