Film & TV

A non-existent subtext and predictable twists can make for a disappointing horror film. But  “Greta” is surprisingly likable. The unpretentious film and stellar acting will have audiences both laughing and squirming. What else is one …

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It was all going so well. The 91st Academy Awards concluded one of its smoothest ceremonies in recent years. Oscars were awarded to a diverse ensemble of actors and filmmakers.  Then it came time to …

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With time traveling hitmen, a talking chimp and a lively song for every action scene, “The Umbrella Academy,” released Feb. 15 on Netflix, goes behind the scenes of morally conflicted superheroes. Based on the comics …

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The world of a romantic comedy often showcases a woman who has the perfect job and life, but is desperately lacking the perfect man. “Isn’t it Romantic” tackles the conventions of a romantic comedy head …

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Seated on a plush loveseat and wearing a zipped-up hoodie and dark-washed skinny jeans, Stephen Merchant looked rather casual considering the circumstances.  He had recently arrived in Chicago after attending a special screening of his …

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Mixing horror with art, director Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”) created a unique cerebral thriller with “Velvet Buzzsaw,” released Feb. 1, that breaks away from the traditional norms of the horror genre, but …

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With 90 years of Academy Award history, there’s a noticeable pattern when it comes to picking the winners. Factors include Golden Globe winners in each category and the critical review of the nominated film.  The …

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The 91st Academy Awards nominations were released early Tuesday morning, foreshadowing a heated and competitive race Feb. 24.  There isn’t a clear leader this year — “The Favourite” and “Roma” tied with 10 nominations each …