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Early Man

Early Man

It's a new claymation offering from Britain's Aardman Animations. It's about soccer. It pits Stone Age underdogs against Bronze Age elites. (Guess who wins.) Its title has a double meaning: "Man" suggests not only ancient peoples, but Man United, Manchester's legendary soccer – er, football team. Get it? Early Man? By now, you will have already decided whether you want… read more!

Easier With Practice

Easier With Practice

The Hurt Locker's Brian Geraghty plays Davy Mitchell, a sad sack writer on a book tour/road trip across the Southwest with his brother. One night, he answers the phone at their motel to find a strange woman named Nicole on the other end – and she wants to have phone sex. Over the course of the following month, Davy and… read more!

East Is East

East Is East

A 1971-set story about a Pakistani immigrant and his white British wife, raising 7 children in a poor suburb of Manchester, based on screenwriter Ayub Khan-Din's semi-autobiographical play. Stressed father George Khan (legendary Indian actor Om Puri) can't deal with the fact that his kids are not growing up to be good traditional Pakistanis (uh, perhaps it's because they're half-English… read more!

Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises

One dark night in London, a Russian teenager dies in childbirth. The midwife at the hospital (Naomi Watts), who is conveniently half-Russian herself, takes the teenager's diary and seeks to have it translated in order to find the baby's next of kin. In the first of many implausible moments, the midwife doesn't wait for her Russian uncle to translate, but… read more!

The Edge of Seventeen

The Edge of Seventeen

Writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig presents a convincing argument that teenage life hasn't changed much in the last thirty years, in this appealing John Hughes-ish dramedy about an angst-ridden high school junior (Hailee Steinfeld) navigating the ups and downs of her suburban Oregon existence. The Edge of Seventeen has just a wisp of plot: acid-tongued Nadine (Steinfeld) finds her world turned upside… read more!

Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow

Boy, I wish this movie had a better name. Its working title, All You Need Is Kill – like the Japanese novel on which it's based – is no better, but Edge of Tomorrow sounds like a soap opera. It's hard to say whether this bland title deterred audience interest in the film, or if people are just kind of… read more!

Edmond

Edmond

It seems odd that Stuart Gordon, the director best known for cult-schlock titles like Re-Animator, Robot Jox, Castle Freak, and Space Truckers, would be helming a a David Mamet-written film, but Gordon's association with Mamet goes way back to the Chicago stage. Regardless, Gordon's background in horror somehow fits Mamet's lowbrow aesthetic, despite the highbrow audience that usually gravitates towards… read more!

An Education

An Education

The 1960s are definitely "in" these days, thanks to the cult TV series Mad Men and a spate of high-profile independent features, including A Single Man, A Serious Man, and now An Education, with a screenplay by celebrated novelist Nick Hornby (About a Boy, High Fidelity). Hornby adapts British journalist Lynn Barber's memoir of her strange year in 1961 when,… read more!

Election

Election

Razor sharp satire about a high school in Omaha, Nebraska – director Payne's hometown – where a monstrously ambitious high school student (Reese Witherspoon, who couldn't be more perfect in the role) decides to run for student body president, and a much-loved but self-righteous government teacher (Matthew Broderick) does everything he can to keep her from winning. The two stars… read more!

Elephant

Elephant

A fictional take on the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, Gus Van Sant's Elephant is a love-it-or-hate-it film if ever there was one. Even before it was released in the US, American critics were bashing it as being exploitative, wrongheaded, irresponsible, and above all, "too pretty". There are claims that Van Sant's depiction of an ordinary high school looks… read more!

Elle

Elle

Although Paul Verhoeven's Hollywood heyday is far behind him, the Dutch provocateur, now 78, is still reveling in his obsessions with sex, violence, betrayal, depravity, and dark humor with his latest feature Elle. The opening scene sets the tone, as the camera opens on Michèle (Isabelle Huppert), co-founder of a Paris video game company, being raped by an intruder in her flat. Afterwards, she has her locks… read more!

Elvis

Elvis

A blockbuster about Elvis Presley should be the be-all, end-all of rock biopics. And considering all the gaudy kitsch associated with the King of Rock and Roll – Graceland! the pink Cadillac! those jumpsuits! – Baz Luhrmann, with his flair for the over-the-top, seems the perfect choice to take the Elvis story to the big screen. So does it pay… read more!

Emily the Criminal

Emily the Criminal

Aubrey Plaza's career is a curious thing. Still best known for her role on the sitcom Parks and Recreation and her deader-than-deadpan demeanor, she's nevertheless been cranking out loads of well-reviewed but little-seen independent films in which he acting talents are widely praised. I haven't seen her in anything since Safety Not Guaranteed, in which she was pretty deadpan, so… read more!

Empire of Light

Empire of Light

Sam Mendes is a veteran theater and film director who has worked with a variety of material written by others. 1917 was the first feature he cowrote, but its script was really secondary to its showy single-take acrobatics. Empire of Light marks his first produced solo screenplay – yet despite Mendes's vast experience on stage and screen, his writing is… read more!

The End of the Tour

The End of the Tour

Oddly-conceived, minor, but wholly likable dramatization of David Lipsky's memoir Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, written about the five days in 1996 that Lipsky, a writer for Rolling Stone, spent interviewing David Foster Wallace, who was winding down a publicity tour for his landmark novel Infinite Jest. Your interest in seeing The End of the Tour will be directly proportionate… read more!

Enola Holmes

Enola Holmes

For a movie about Sherlock Holmes's sister, you'd expect an intriguing mystery, a few nice twists, and some good old-fashioned deductive reasoning. Enola Holmes, however, puts the sleuthing on the back burner, spending more time on chaste flirting between its title character (Millie Bobby Brown) and a handsome, age-appropriate swain (Louis Partridge). It's an inconsequential romp with light feminist overtones,… read more!

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Everybody knows about the corporate disaster known as Enron. But not many people, myself included, really know just what the scandal was about, outside of a giant company ripping people off and then folding. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, based on the bestselling book, is as informative as it is entertaining. It's important viewing material for anybody who… read more!

Enter the Void

Enter the Void

Anybody who sat through the challenging, ultra-violent Irreversible already knows about French cinema's enfant terrible Gaspar Noé, and what he's capable of. So if you have any idea who he is, you've already decided whether you can't wait to be thrilled by the director's visionary new Enter the Void or if you want to stay away from it at all… read more!

Enys Men

Enys Men

Enys Men is packed with ambiguity. Sparse and spooky, it's been marketed as a "folk horror" movie, but while it touches on a few classic tropes – a splash of blood, some ghost-like entities, a sudden loud noise or two, a little body horror, a bit of the old "is this real or is the protagonist going insane?" stuff –… read more!

EO

EO

No relation to the old Disneyland/Michael Jackson spectacle Captain EO, this EO is a quirky but meaningful animal rights movie from Poland that wound up one of the best-reviewed pictures of 2022. The titular character is a contented circus donkey – "EO" being a pun, like A.A. Milne's Eeyore, on the archetypal donkey bray "hee haw" – who finds himself… read more!