'Queen & Slim' might sound like potential mattress sizes, but it actually marks the film debut for a buzz-worthy new director
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"Queen & Slim"
According to reviews, the debut from director Melina Matsoukas is a gorgeously shot Bonnie and Clyde tale. Check out the trailer below:
It’s not really fair to expect the makers of “Frozen” to capture lightning in a bottle twice, nor are many of the kiddos helping to sell out theaters this weekend going to be disappointed in the least with “Frozen 2.” But an overcomplicated story proves that more isn’t necessarily better. If you’re expecting this sequel to be on the same level you need to let it go, let it gooooo! (2 stars)
"The Irishman" (Now streaming on Netflix)
“The Irishman” is based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, a biography that makes claims that some have refuted. Take its accuracy with some skepticism, but it’s an enthralling story. Perhaps the biggest knock on the movie, though, is how much it feels in the wheelhouse of Scorsese and these actors, though that’s certainly not a bad thing. (4 stars)
A biting, irreverent political satire meets a coming-of-age story, it’s full of “Should we be laughing at this?” humor that gives way to a surprising sweetness. New Zealand director Taika Waititi’ had a big hill to climb with this movie’s premise, but he’s made the best film of his career so far, and one of the very best of 2019. (5 stars)
“Joker” is also sure to be one of the most divisive movies of the year. Reactions will range from calling it a classic to calling it trash, and there’s a case to be made for everything in between. But it’s a movie where, at least to this critic, the ambitions and audacity outweigh the flaws. (5 stars)
It’s a masterclass of claustrophobic tension and a showcase for two outstanding actors to push their limits. And when one of those actors is Willem Dafoe, you know those limits are pretty far out. (4 stars)
"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"
Director Robert Stromberg, working from a script adapted by Linda Woolverton, keeps a lot of plates spinning, setting up special effects oohs and ahhs and eventual epic battle sequences. “Mistress of Evil” is seldom boring, but it’s often just kind of there. (2 stars)
Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” has gotten raves since winning the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and I’m here to tell you it’s every bit as good as advertised, maybe better. A twisty and uproarious thriller, “Parasite” packs a ton of entertainment around some sharp and timely social satire. (5 stars)