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Bob Odenkirk’s new movie, “Nobody,” opens in theaters Friday.

Review: Bob Odenkirk plays against type in action-packed ‘Nobody’

By Matthew Monroy, Senior Staff Writer March 24, 2021
Odenkirk stars as Hutch Mansell, whose nine-to-five life is disrupted after a home break-in forces him to reconsider his role as a father.
Soleil Moon Frye’s documentary, “Kid 90,” now streaming on Hulu, is a teenage story 20 years in the making.

Review: ‘Kid 90’ is the all too familiar life of a Hollywood child star

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer March 12, 2021
Soleil Moon Frye's documentary, “kid 90,” now streaming on Hulu, is a teenage story 20 years in the making.
Sia’s movie “Music” stars Maddie Ziegler (left), a non-autistic dancer and actress, playing a character with autism and Kate Hudson (right).

Review: Sia’s movie “Music” is a disgrace

By Dalia Maeroff, Senior Staff Columnist February 22, 2021
In just the first 10 minutes of this movie, I was already in shock at the caricature-like portrayal of autism.
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” a play by Pittsburgh native August Wilson, was adapted into a film by director George C. Wolfe and writer Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Review: ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ is solid, if inexact, adaptation of a classic

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer January 22, 2021
Ma Rainey and her band are recording her new record, but several incidents make the process rather long and troublesome.
Molly Ivins in “Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins,” a Magnolia Pictures release.

Review: ‘Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins’ lets whirlwind journalist speak for herself

By Simon Sweeney, Staff Writer November 16, 2020
In times of political turmoil, it can be nice to have a sharp voice to cut through the noise — someone funny, smart, principled.
“Time,” an Amazon Prime documentary directed by Garrett Bradley, was released Friday.

Review: ‘Time’ tells love story challenged by mass incarceration

By Nadiya Greaser, Staff Writer October 19, 2020
The documentary, released Friday on Amazon Prime, follows Sibil Fox Richardson, a Black abolitionist, wife and mother of six as she fights to get her husband, Rob, released from prison.
Review: “Antebellum” is mostly wasted potential

Review: “Antebellum” is mostly wasted potential

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer September 20, 2020
“Antebellum” wants to be about the past and the legacy of slavery, even going so far as to open on William Faulkner’s quote, “The past is never dead, it isn’t even the past.” Unfortunately, the film, while thought-provoking in some ways, doesn’t quite stick the landing.v
“All In: The Fight for Democracy” is available on Amazon Prime Video.

Review: “All In: The Fight for Democracy” is a necessary, but dated, PSA

By Nadiya Greaser, Staff Writer September 20, 2020
The documentary uses the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election as a case study for the systemic discrimination and voter suppression that it claims is happening in every state across the country.
“The Devil All the Time,” now streaming on Netflix, is directed by Antonio Campos and based on Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 novel of the same name.

Review: No rest for the wicked, or the audience, in ‘The Devil All the Time’

By Matthew Monroy, Senior Staff Writer September 20, 2020
“Fighting the devil” is a common saying, usually heard orated from behind preachers’ lofty pulpits on Sunday mornings.
Listen closely: ‘The Vast of Night’ is a triumph of character-driven science fiction

Listen closely: ‘The Vast of Night’ is a triumph of character-driven science fiction

By Simon Sweeney, Staff Writer May 26, 2020
The tight confines in which “The Vast of Night” operates –– a hazy, distinctly and intentionally low-budget look, a script that essentially limits real characterization to Everett and Fay and a lean 89-minute runtime –– only heighten the frequent moments of real heart and legitimately interesting experimentation.
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