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'The Last Duel' Review—Gripping Historical Drama
Ridley Scott, the master behind films such as Alien, Blade Runner, and The Martian, has two new movies in 2021. Before we see the scandalous real-life story of House of Gucci, Scott has another story to tell based on true events. The Last Duel is a historical drama that follows the last legally sanctioned duel in France's history as Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer) claims to have been raped by Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver). Her husband, Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon), challenges Le Gris to trial by combat, where if Jean loses, Marguerite will be executed.
‘No Time to Die’ Review — A Thrilling Farewell
Nearly two years after its initial planned release date and a surplus of “well, I guess there’s PLENTY of time to die!” jokes later, we have No Time to Die, an action spy film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. This film serves as the 25th installment in Eon’s long-running James Bond franchise.
‘Star Wars: Visions’ Series Review — A Remarkable Experiment
It’s time to return to a galaxy far, far away. Amid the ongoing Marvel animated anthology series, What If…?, it is time for Star Wars to enter the genre with Star Wars: Visions (スター・ウォーズ：ビジョンズ), an animated anthology set in a world of lightsaber battles, kyber crystals, and a consistent bad feeling about this.
‘Cry Macho’ Review — Aggressively Mediocre
Clint Eastwood puts the cowboy hat back on for his first Western since 1992’s Unforgiven. He produces, directs, and stars in Cry Macho, a neo-Western drama about Mike Milo (Eastwood), a former rodeo star hired to bring a 13-year-old named Rafo (Eduardo Minett) back to his father.
‘My Son’ Review—A By-the-Numbers Mystery
Christian Carion co-writes and directs an English-language remake of his 2017 film, Mon garçon. My Son is a mystery thriller about Edmond Murray (James McAvoy), who visits his ex-wife, Joan (Claire Foy), to help find their missing son.
‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ Review — Outrageously Charming
Michael Showalter directs The Eyes of Tammy Faye, a biographical drama based on a 2000 documentary about the life of famous evangelist and TV personality Tammy Faye (Jessica Chastain). The film follows her life as she and her husband, Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield), create a Christian TV program called The PTL Club.
‘Malignant’ Review—Bold Unpredictable Horror
Wan, two, three, four. Horror movies, we want more! When The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It arrived in theaters last June, it was generally unanimous that the film was okay but would have been better had horror master James Wan returned to direct the threequel.
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Review — An Emotionally Resonant Musical
What if I told you there was a new movie coming out from Stephen Chbosky, the director of Wonder and The Perks of Being a Wallflower? I’d have your attention. What if I told you this movie features music from Pasek and Paul, the songwriters of La La Land and The Greatest Showman? You’re throwing money at your laptop now, aren’t you?
Mulan Fu Interview: BEAUTIFUL
Mulan Fu is a Chinese director and animator. She recently graduated from the Film & TV major at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and she has released her newest animated short film, Beautiful, a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl as her mother deals with a disease.
‘The Card Counter’ Review—Fascinatingly Remarkable
Sometimes, it’s easy to pinpoint what makes a movie great, whether it’s the excellent performances or the riveting dialogue. But other times, it’s not easy at all, and that happens with films like The Card Counter, a crime drama written and directed by Paul Schrader, who has previously directed First Reformed and wrote the screenplay for Taxi Driver.
‘Together’ Review—Captivating and Timely
Bleecker Street’s latest film is, remarkably, not a prequel to their early 2021 film, Together Together. This movie’s title leaves out the word redundancy, leaving us with Together, a comedy-drama from writer Dennis Kelly and director Stephen Daldry.