Alan Scherstuhl

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  • You know how three-quarters of the way through most conventionally plotted movies it looks as if things couldn't get more bleak for the protagonists? Lance Edmands' haunted hard-times drama Bluebird starts at that point and then sinks from...

  • 8 days ago | Film and TV

    American Sniper notwithstanding, the first fresh multiplex trend to emerge in 2015 is Old White Dudes Learning How to Share Their World. First came Kevin Costner in the sour Black or White, playing a coot who discovers that black folks love their ...

  • This America's-changing sports and race drama is well made, well acted, and sometimes beautiful. The sport here is cross-country; in 1987 the real-life Jim White (Kevin Costner) founded and coached McFarland, California's underfunded squad of...

  • 15 days ago | Film Reviews

    Here at last is peak Kendrick: In intimate long takes and in comic montage, she belts, hurts, swoons and rages, always remaining appealingly human. You can tell, when Anna Kendrick scraps for her big notes, that she's not a natural, that she's wor...

  • 15 days ago | Film Reviews

    Spike Lee still summons miracles — but sometimes you gotta dig for them. I can't exactly recommend Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, his remake/cover/jazz variation on Bill Gunn's epochal indie lulu Ganja and Hess, but I can recommend Ganja and Hess, so el...

  • Spike Lee still summons miracles — but sometimes you gotta dig for them. I can't exactly recommend Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, his remake/cover/jazz-variation on Bill Gunn's epochal indie lulu Ganja and Hess, but I can recommend...