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Sunday, June 6, 2021

6 Thoughts on ‘Cruella,’ Starting With: It May Be the Best Movie of the Year So Far (Column) by Owen Gleiberman

A few weeks ago, there was every reason to be skeptical about “Cruella.” The creative track record for live-action remakes of Disney animated films was middling to dismal (the only one o…

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Monday, May 31, 2021

Will Audiences Return to Movie Theaters? Yes! But It’s Now a Culture War Issue (Column) by Owen Gleiberman

Last weekend, the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” featured a satirical promotional spot for AMC Theatres that became a delectable skewering of what’s left of the megaplex experi…

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Remembering Olympia Dukakis, the Smartest Grande Dame in the Room by Owen Gleiberman

Olympia Dukakis, who died on May 1 at 89, had a face like no one else’s. Stern but perpetually amused, with a warm leer of a grin that could light up a scene, she looked like the comedy an…

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

‘Stowaway’ Review: Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette in a Catchy Outer-Space Morality Play by Owen Gleiberman

What’s the thing that a good movie director does? In a way, that’s a silly question, since good directors do a thousand things, and filmmakers are diverse creatures. But in an age of fre…

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Review: The First All-CGI Spongebob Adventure Has His Skewed Spirit of Fun by Owen Gleiberman

Here’s a vintage Spongebob moment, the kind that makes some of us who are years past the demo feel like we can’t get enough of him. In “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” our h…

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Friday, February 19, 2021

‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Review: Scattered but Scorching, and a Must-See for Andra Day’s Performance by Owen Gleiberman

The gifted and mercurial Lee Daniels, director of “Precious,” is one of the only filmmakers I can think of who would dare to drop a badass-diva moment of Billie Holiday violently slappin…

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Christopher Plummer: An Impishly Irascible, Velvet-Voiced Actor Who Touched Something Timeless by Owen Gleiberman

It’s some kind of paradox — he probably thought of it as a joke played on him by the gods — that Christopher Plummer, the impishly irascible, velvet-voiced star of stage and screen who…

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

‘Mass’ Review: A Charged Meditation on the Aftermath of a School Shooting by Owen Gleiberman

“Mass,” a drama that consists of two couples seated across a table from each other in a placidly sterile church antechamber, discussing the unthinkable (two of them are the parents of a …

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Friday, January 29, 2021

‘Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)’ Review: Questlove’s Revelatory 1969 Harlem-Concert Documentary by Owen Gleiberman

In “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” which opened the Sundance Film Festival tonight on a note of heady historical exuberance, we see images from the …

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Friday, March 1, 2019

The Encore Edition of ‘A Star Is Born’: More Isn’t Less, But It’s Not More Either by Owen Gleiberman

Releasing alternate or expanded versions of big-hit movies into theaters isn’t a new idea. The first one I remember seeing was “Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Special Edition,…

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sundance Film Review: Zac Efron in ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ by Owen Gleiberman

Serial killers are the ultimate compartmentalized criminals — the fear and horror they represent isn’t just there in the gruesomeness of their violence, but in the way they pass among us…

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Why ‘A Star Is Born’ Speaks to Our Time by Owen Gleiberman

“A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper’s justly celebrated remake of the venerable Hollywood romantic fable, starring Cooper as the bad-ol’-boy rock ‘n’ roller Jackson Main…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Toronto Film Review: Elisabeth Moss in ‘Her Smell’ by Owen Gleiberman

In “Her Smell,” Elisabeth Moss tears into the role of Becky Something, a strung-out hellion indie rock star of the early ’90s, like an angry lioness ripping through a slab …

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Venice Film Review: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in ‘A Star Is Born’ by Owen Gleiberman

“A Star Is Born” is that thing we always yearn for but so rarely get to see: a transcendent Hollywood movie. It’s the fourth remake of a story that dates back to 1932, but this…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Toronto Film Review: Denzel Washington in ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ by Owen Gleiberman

Denzel Washington is a great actor, but as varied as his performances can be, he doesn’t change his aspect very much. The talky boastful energy and toothy sunburst smile, the defiant alert…

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Second Look at ‘La La Land’: Why It’s Not Just Good, But Great by Owen Gleiberman

“La La Land,” in theory, is a movie that needs no explanation. The simplest thing you could call it is “an old-fashioned musical” — which means, of course, that it…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Film Review: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in ‘Fences’ by Owen Gleiberman

“Fences,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by August Wilson, was written in 1983 and had its premiere on Broadway in 1987. But the play is set 30 years before that, in a lower-mi…

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

New York Film Festival Review: ‘Hamilton’s America’ by Owen Gleiberman

A big-spectacle Broadway production is, quite visibly, a collaborative effort — actors, sets, choreography, costumes, lighting, orchestra. On rare occasions, though, beneath the razzle-daz…

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Toronto Film Review: ‘LBJ’ by Owen Gleiberman

The movies, in case you didn’t notice, are having an LBJ moment. It began two years ago, when Tom Wilkinson played President Lyndon B. Johnson in “Selma” as a cagey but cou…

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Toronto Film Review: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt in ‘The Magnificent Seven’ by Owen Gleiberman

Now that the Summer of Rehashes is over, a lot of people suddenly seem to agree that remaking movies, especially when they’re beloved and indelible classics, is a lousy idea for Hollywood …

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Venice Film Review: ‘La La Land’ by Owen Gleiberman

There was a moment back in the 1970s, sometime before “Grease” came out, when the image of people bursting into song and dance in the middle of a motion picture wasn’t simply corny and…

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