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Political Subtext In Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs' Is More Bark Than Bite
Wes Anderson returns to stop action animation — a technique that won him an Oscar nomination for Fantastic Mr. Fox-- in his latest film, Isle of Dogs.
Philosophically Rich 'Isle Of Dogs' Is A Howl Of Joy
Wes Anderson's new animated feature centers on canines living on a garbage dump off the coast of Japan. David Edelstein says the film will make you laugh — even as you gasp at its visual brilliance.
The Fast And The Furry Us: Wes Anderson's Masterful 'Isle Of Dogs'
Anderson imbues this stop-motion-animated film about loyal dogs exiled to a lonely island with his signature formalism, but there's real emotion in those pups' wet, soulful eyes.
The Past Returns, Inscrutably, In 'Ismael's Ghosts'
French writer-director Arnaud Desplechin can't hold the thread of the story he seeks to tell, so this film about the mysterious return of an old lover fades into frustrating ambiguity.
Man With A Data Plan: 'Unsane' Is Soderbergh's Shot-On-An-iPhone Thriller
Claire Foy stars in this low-budget, high-stakes horror film about a woman whose grasp on reality slips as she commits herself to a psych ward.
'Pacific Rim Uprising' Serves Up Another Helping Of Mech And Cheese
Guillermo Del Toro isn't in the directing chair for this return to the world he built in 2013's Pacific Rim, but that film's most gleefully goofy qualities remain.
Wrinkling Time To Heal A Family
Showing science's enchanting side has the almost magical effect of opening new portals to what is possible, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.
The Weinstein Co. Files For Bankruptcy, Cancels Non-Disclosure Agreements
The deal releases all those who had signed settlement deals that required them to be silent about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct, allowing them now to tell their stories.
Before 'Love, Simon': Coming Out And Coming-Of-Age At The Movies
Love, Simon is only the latest in a surprisingly long line of films that have explored what it's like to come out in high school. Here's some of the smaller, quirkier films that paved the way.
'Love, Simon' Is Your Typical Glossy, Hollywood, Teenage, Gay Rom-Com
It's a coming-of-age story that's also a coming-out story — and it's in mainstream theaters around the country. Director Greg Berlanti says that's a big deal.
Imagining — Yet Again — A New Disney Heroine
For decades, Disney has been criticized for its passive, love-struck heroines. Do the women in Black Panther and A Wrinkle In Time finally signal real change?
Slack Hostage Drama '7 Days In Entebbe' Never Takes Off
Puzzling editing choices prevent this tale of a hijacked 1976 flight from Tel Aviv to Paris from attaining any real tension or narrative momentum.
'Tomb Raider,' Franchise Nadir
The film depicting the origin story of Lara Croft's raider of lost tombs "isn't awful," says critic Chris Klimek, "but its invasive, thudding mediocrity will make you wish it were."
'Flower' Is Thorny But Rootless
Max Winkler's tale of a teenager who uses sex to get revenge on a man who may or may not have assaulted her step-brother is a "glib character study" that tries too hard to shock.
A Gay Teen Romance, Sealed With A Peck: 'Love, Simon'
Come for the rom-com elements, familiar and dutiful though they are. Stay for the film's sensitive, specific and closely observed coming-out storyline, which feels new — and important.