Review: U.S. vs. Billie Holiday
The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
So what, exactly, is “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” supposed to be?

I don’t mean to ask what it’s meant to be about; that’s a reductive and often silly question. Not every film is neatly about this aphorism or that theme. Rather, what does this film aim to be? A biopic? A historic drama? A romance, a musical, a piece of social commentary?
Billie Eilish Documentary
Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry.
“Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry,” a comprehensive documentary of the young artist’s career, is nominally about the contrast between life as a typical teenager and unfathomable success.
     


 
 
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Meet the Fockers
Occasionally, when looking at a past hit’s box office, the story is just how much more money it made than I would’ve figured.
Review: Blithe Spirit
Blithe Spirit
In updating the canonic stage play “Blithe Spirit,” director Edward Hall and a trio of writers have created a stew of comedy styles.
Review: Malcolm & Marie
Malcolm & Marie
“Malcolm & Marie” creates a dilemma for the viewer.
Review: Minari
Minari
It might be because I saw the two films on consecutive days, but I think there’s a lot of “It’s a Wonderful Life” in “Minari.”
Robocop: The Series
Robocop: The Series
I am a child of the 1980s and one of my favorite films of the era was Robocop.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Judas and the Black Messiah
In 2008, on the day of Barack Obama’s election, I saw an incendiary Facebook post about the Black Panthers.
Review: Land
Land
A pair of quiet new releases, “Land” and “Nomadland,” would be ripe for comparison even if they did not share four letters of a title.
Review: Barb and Star
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
There’s a pervasive “Saturday Night Live” influence in “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar...”
Review: A Nightmare Wakes
A Nightmare Wakes
The language used around artistic creations often borrows from pregnancy.
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Pretty in Pink
The writer and director John Hughes is most closely associated with his mid-’80s teen comedies.
Review: Malcolm & Marie
Malcolm & Marie
Forgive a bit of relationship-based opining in this movie review, but it certainly applies...
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Top 5 Movie Actors' Appearances on The Simpsons
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Sex symbol Jean Harlow (Platinum Blonde) is born Harlean Harlow Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri.

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DW Griffith's Birth of a Nation opens.


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