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  • Skyman

    Skyman

    ★★★

    Twenty years ago, possibly influenced by Rob Reiner’s landmark “This is Spinal Tap,” co-directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez answered the question: what if we made a mockumentary horror film?

    Relying on something dubbed “found footage,” “Blair Witch” gave birth to a shaky-cam, nauseating sub-genre. The horror film, made for just $60 thousand, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and became a box office phenomenon that pulled in an astounding $248 million worldwide.

    Although a significant amount of craftsmanship went…

  • The Painted Bird

    The Painted Bird

    ★★★½

    Harrowing, unpleasant, beautifully crafted, and unapologetically bleak, Czech director Václav Marhoul’s adaptation of Jerzy Kosiński’s novel, “The Painted Bird,” will divide audiences. It’s not a film for the faint of heart.

    An odyssey, “The Painted Bird” is the story The Boy (Petr Kotlár), who lives in Eastern Europe in the waning months of WWII. To protect him from persecution, his parents send him to live with an older woman to act as his foster mother. Those best-laid plans lead to…

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  • Terminator: Dark Fate

    Terminator: Dark Fate

    ★★★★

    With the "Deadpool" director at the helm, James Cameron's groundbreaking science fiction series gets new life.

    After three limp sequels that failed to carry the franchise effectively into the future, finally, they get it right. By bringing back Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, this sixth entry has real weight. Merely recasting the role of Connor wasn't enough, Hamilton has a special spark, and in "Dark Fate," it's a kind of magic.

    The story might seem familiar, but it's not tired…

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    ★★★★

    Fred Rogers was an ethereal presence. And director Marielle Heller's inventive film combined with Tom Hanks uncanny, sensitive portrayal reinforces that salient truth. "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" reminds us that, now more than ever, we all need a little of that extra special Mr. Rogers tenderness and understanding.

    In "Beautiful Day," journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) scoffs at an assignment by Esquire Magazine to write a short profile of beloved public television star Mr. Rogers. Vogel is an…