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Film Review: Welcome to Marwen is Certainly Unlike Anything Else You’ve Seen All Year

The Pitch: Previously told in documentary form as Marwencol in 2010, Welcome to Marwen is the fictional studio take on Mark Hogancamp’s fascinating true story. Beaten and left for dead by a gang of homophobes, Hogancamp (Steve Carell) was attacked because, while drunk, he demurred about enjoying and wearing women’s shoes. Hogancamp lost many of his

Film Review: The Potterverse Overextends Itself With Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The Pitch: Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is a Hufflepuff. (If you don’t know what that means, never fear — this is a Wizarding World story that doesn’t really require familiarity with the Harry Potter series, though more than a few of the capitals-required Important Moments may be lost on you.) A gentle soul, he sees

Classic Film Review: Yellow Submarine Created a Style of Its Own 50 Years Ago

The other day, there was this meme on Instagram featuring a picture of John Mayer making a pained open mouth, with a spoon being forced upon him. The caption imagined something like “A BEATLEMANIAC TRYING TO SHARE TRIVIA AGAIN EVEN THOUGH YOU DIDN’T ASK.” We’re not there yet with the Beatles, are we? Meme-able? Resentfully

Film Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me? Brings a Stranger-Than-Fiction Story to Film

The Pitch: No one wants to read a biography about Fanny Brice. That’s a reality that biographer Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) stubbornly refuses to face, even as her rent falls months behind, her relationship with her agent (Jane Curtin) grows ever more strained, and her vet refuses to take a look at her sick cat

Film Review: Bad Times at the El Royale Wears Its Influences on Its Sleeve

The Pitch: Writer-director Drew Goddard applies the byzantine plotting he mastered in The Cabin In the Woods to the crime-thriller genre. When an assortment of colorful guests descend on the El Royale — a novelty hotel split along the state lines of Nevada and California — it becomes clear that no one is quite who they say they are.

Three classic Studio Ghibli film soundtracks to be reissued on vinyl for the first time

Since its inception in 1983, Studio Ghibli has established itself as one of the premier Japanese animation houses, and one that’s since changed the way the West has viewed Japanese filmmaking. Now, the soundtracks for three of their classic films are being reissued on vinyl for the first time. Due out through Tokuma, a publisher

Classic Film Review: True Romance Remains A Sweet, Distinctly Male Movie

When True Romance was released in theaters 25 years ago this week, “a Tarantino movie” wasn’t something audiences and critics could rely on as shorthand. You say that now, and it evokes a very particular kind of image: dialogue packed with references to pop cultural arcana, brutal-yet-stylish violence with a particular emphasis on the body-ripping power of