Review: Raya and the Last Dragon
Raya and the Last Dragon.
A pair of nouns separate the title of “Raya and the Last Dragon” from that of one of its most direct forebears, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” A direct reference in the middle of the film — Raya gingerly removes a treasure from a booby-trapped spot, recalling the opening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” — makes the connection undeniable.
Review: Coming 2 America
Coming 2 America.
It doesn’t take long for “Coming 2 America,” the long-belated sequel to the similarly titled 1988 original, to run out of new ideas.

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I don’t know if you noticed, but Will Smith wasn’t really Will Smith for about ten years.
Movie Review: Nomadland
“Nomadland” is a direct and honest film that resonates because of the way it simply allows itself to be...
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?
Billie Eilish Documentary
Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry
“Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry,” 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
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
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.
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