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Identity Crisis Applies to More Than Just Characters in “Morris From America”

By Christian Hamaker on August 25, 2016

A too-thin slice-of-life story leaves audiences underfed.

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Kubo and the Two Strings Strikes a Masterful Chord

By Christian Hamaker on August 19, 2016

Laika’s latest caps a strong summer for family movies.

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Potent Story Lacks Punch in The Innocents

By Christian Hamaker on July 7, 2016

A Polish religious drama has a distinctive story but a less memorable visual approach.

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Les Cowboys Exchanges Indians for Islam

By Christian Hamaker on July 1, 2016

An update on The Searchers takes John Ford to France.

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AFI DOCS Highlight Life, Death and Industries Struggling to Survive

By Christian Hamaker on June 29, 2016

AFI’s documentary film festival gets stronger each year.

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The Neon Demon Doesn’t Know When to Quit

By Christian Hamaker on June 24, 2016

Style struggles to triumph over substance. Does it succeed?

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Sunset Song Sure Is Something to See

By Christian Hamaker on May 20, 2016

Gloriously old-fashioned and visually stunning.

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Jazz Biopic Battle Goes to Baker

By Christian Hamaker on April 8, 2016

Miles Davis may have been a more skilled trumpeter than Chet Baker, but the West Coast legend is the focus of the superior biopic.

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With ‘Knight of Cups,’ Have We Already Seen the Best Film of 2016?

By Christian Hamaker on March 11, 2016

Terrence Malick’s style may have reached its apex with this story of spiritual struggle.

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A Longing for Something More Suffuses Only Yesterday

By Christian Hamaker on February 26, 2016

A delicately told early entry from Studio Ghibli gets an American release.

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