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  • This welcome documentary of crime and injustice serves as a fleet, compelling inquest into what went wrong in the prosecutions — yes, plural — of two men, years apart, for the 1982 murders of Marilyn Green and Jerry Hillard in...

  • One of the nastiest tricks the bastards ever played was to convince artists that it's best never to be strident. Nina Simone's still-vital "Mississippi Goddam," from 1964, is a grimly jaunty showtune, an uneasy experiment in which the song's form...

  • Benicio del Toro looms on the poster for Escobar: Paradise Lost in full hollow-eyed, mustachioed grandeur, his deadly visage filling the sky above a teensy image of a white dude running along with a gun. What a surprise, then, to discover...

  • 16 days ago | Film Reviews

    Part of what makes writer-director Rick Famuyiwa's Dope so fresh and joyous is that in many key ways it's not new at all. Here's a dramatic teen comedy, flavor-crystaled with sex and drugs and innocent raunch, about good friends who get caught up ...

  • It's been 25 years since Goodfellas stomped then stabbed then buried someplace upstate stupid romantic ideas about the honorable lives of criminals. Time and imitations, some from director Martin Scorsese himself, have not diminished the...

  • After a decade of TV work and a not-bad kids flick, Joe Dante — like his 2003 Looney Tunes — is back in action. But instead of harking to the creature-feature matinees that once inspired him, his zombie-girlfriend embarrassment...