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“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is not just an uncynical movie. It directly confronts the cynicism and despair of today’s world by bringing the essence of Fred Rogers back to the big screen. Read more

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Director Kasi Lemmons provides an important historical corrective with “Harriet,” the origin story of the original badass American hero, Harriet Tubman. It stars a towering Cynthia Erivo. Read more

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Film critic MaryAnn Johanson revisits the critically maligned “The Current War.” A new director’s cut is in theaters now. Read more

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“Brian Banks” is based on the true story of a promising football player who was exonerated after being imprisoned for six years for a crime he didn’t commit. It features a great performance from Aldis Hodge. Read more

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Film critic MaryAnn Johanson is not a fan of rom-coms. But she makes an exception for the exceptional “Always Be My Maybe.” Read more

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Everything is better with a dog. That’s the main message behind “A Dog’s Journey,” a sequel to 2017’s mega-hit, “A Dog’s Purpose.” It’s basically the same movie, but does that matter? Read more

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With excellent chemistry from stars Seth Rogan and Charlize Theron, “Long Shot” is a much better movie than the marketing campaign would have you believe. It’s a sexy, savvy political romance for troubled times. Read more

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Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi doesn’t quite live up to his previous works with his first Spanish-language film, “Everybody Knows.” Read more

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Don’t expect fireworks in “On the Basis of Sex,” the biopic about the early life of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But the film’s portrayal of Ginsburg’s balanced relationship with her husband, Marty, is worth the price of admission. Read more

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Film critic MaryAnn Johanson shares lessons for 2018 from revisiting the film “Schindler’s List.” The film is in theaters for a limited release 25th anniversary edition. Read more

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In “Beautiful Boy,” Steve Carell delivers a heartbreaking performance as a father trying to help his meth-addicted son, played by the screen sensation Timothée Chalamet. Read more

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Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, “A Star is Born,” is a cinematic marvel. With loads of onscreen chemistry between him and the astonishing Lady Gaga, this is why we go to the movies. Read more

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If you’ve seen The Lost World: Jurassic Park — the 1997 sequel to 1993’s Jurassic Park — then you’ve pretty much seen Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to 2015’s reboot of the franchise. Read more

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"Solo: A Star Wars Story” is a lovely backdrop for a condensed backstory featuring a young Han Solo, a bland and cuddly Alden Ehrenreich, who lacks Harrison Ford’s charisma. Read more

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A whole new apocalypse: “A Quiet Place” goes where cinema has never gone before. The result is excruciating and refreshing at the same time. Read more

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Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” feels like an affectionate homage to Japanese pop culture. But this question must be grappled with: Is it cultural appropriation? Read more

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Are you fully prepared for the March 4 Academy Awards? Here are some more excerpts from Isthmus reviews of the Best Picture nominees. Read more

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Get ready for the March 4 Academy Awards with this handy guide to Isthmus’ reviews of the Best Picture nominees. Read more

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Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is a fantastic visual spectacle and so much more: It gives us a taste of what humanity might achieve if we were dedicated to science, peaceful progress and equality. Read more

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Director Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles” is a revisionist Western that revises the genre right back into the white man’s perspective. Christian Bale portrays a “good soldier,” and the Native Americans are one-dimensional. Read more

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