“Mustang” Review: Compels, but Doesn’t Go Far Enough
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“Mustang” Review: Compels, but Doesn’t Go Far Enough

The crime of summer horseplay is enough to imprison the five Turkish sisters at the heart of Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s captivating but tepid “Mustang,” France’s current Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film In a small, provincial village where women sheath themselves head-to-toe in colorless drapery and keep a watchful gaze on the behavior … Continue reading

“The Magicians” Review: Dark and Dazzling
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“The Magicians” Review: Dark and Dazzling

What if Harry Potter were a twenty-something tongue-tied twerp still nursing a childhood obsession with the Narnia books when suddenly thrust into the magical world via grad school? That’s the packed premise of Syfy’s “The Magicians,” an engrossing and inventive television adaptation of the popular Lev Grossman novels. Despite its familiar cultural markers, don’t let … Continue reading

“The Hateful Eight” Review: All Words and Pointless Action
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“The Hateful Eight” Review: All Words and Pointless Action

Over his twenty-plus year career, Quentin Tarantino has established himself as the director to seek if you enjoy watching the brutalization of women. In The Hateful Eight, no fewer than a dozen times does the audience witness its female lead punched, pistol-whipped, beaten, and blood-spattered, mostly for comedic effect. The saving grace of these moments … Continue reading