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‘Nightmare Alley’ Film Review: Guillermo del Toro’s Remake Looks Sumptuous But Rings Hollow

From a rain-soaked carnival midway to a glossy, Art Deco therapist’s office, everything in Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” looks gorgeous. There just doesn’t seem to be a lot going on under the art direction. Remaking the 1947 noir classic (the…

‘Licorice Pizza’ Film Review: Paul Thomas Anderson Casts a Loving Eye on the San Fernando Valley of the Early ’70s

This review of “Licorice Pizza” was first published on Nov. 15. The golden haze of nostalgia meets ever-present clouds of cigarette smoke in “Licorice Pizza,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s adoringly evocative look at life in his beloved San Fernando Valley i…

‘Red Notice’ Film Review: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds Star in a Caper Far Too Pleased With Itself

“Red Notice” plays like a parody of itself – a star-studded, globe-trotting heist caper replete with MacGuffins, twists, and double-crosses. And for much of its overstuffed two-hour runtime, it gets away with it; the idea of stars like Dwayne Johnson,…

‘I’m Your Man’ Film Review: Dan Stevens’ Love Robot Helps Tweak Rom-Com Conventions

On the surface, this year’s German Oscar entry “I’m Your Man” seems like a familiar indulgence in romantic-comedy tropes – a career-driven woman, still feeling burned by a bad break-up, resists the advances of a handsome guy who wants to sweep h…

‘Silent Night’ Film Review: Brits Gather for One Last Christmas Before the Apocalypse

In “Silent Night,” first-time writer-director Camille Griffin wickedly weaves together holiday-movie and end-of-the-world–movie tropes, but once the shock of that juxtaposition wears off, we’re left with a slightly underboiled pudding, despite a…