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2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” promised to be a new, tonally distinct chapter in the so-called Wizarding World. Based on a slender, canon-adjacent book by J.K. Rowling (who also provided the film’s screenplay), it was sold as an airy …

When Desiree Akhavan was doing press for her first film, 2014 Sundance debut “Appropriate Behavior,” people kept citing her sexuality. She was “the bisexual director,” noted for writing and acting in her own frank, semi-autobiographic feature about an …

A Freudian-fueled thriller with slow-burn sensibilities and diamond-sharp turns between each act, “Jonathan” is as engaging as it is unassuming. The story of a man who shares his body with a twin brother trapped inside his psyche, the movie might well …

A near-future dystopia yarn that tries to tell about two stories too many, “Illang: The Wolf Brigade” nevertheless goes gleefully all-in with its action, production values, and plot twists. Which is to say that director Kim Jee-woon has thrown everythi…

If you took “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” mashed it up with some gonzo grindhouse pics, doused it in shaken-up cans of original Four Loko and then lit it on fire, laughing while it burned, you might begin to approach the craziness that is “Overlord.” That…

Do you remember how it felt when you fell in love for the first time? Is your mind running back to the initial encounter between you and your significant other, or are your ears burning from the intimate details of a steamy one-night-stand? Fresh-smell…

The beautiful game has one of the lowest bars to entry of any sport in the world. Soccer — which will be called by its proper name, football, from here on in — only requires a ball to play. Any flat surface can be turned into a pitch if you don’t have …

Audiences have grown to love Tyler Perry films over the director’s prolific decade-plus filmmaking career. Primarily known for his various ‘Madea’ films, the writer-director does sometimes venture off the franchise that put him on the map to tell more …

With the world of politics as complicated and polarizing as ever, Netflix’s “House Of Cards” returns for a final voyeuristic view of the entanglements of democracy. When the series began in 2013, the show was one of the first Netflix Originals that was…

One of the most common staples in the horror genre is the haunted house. Those austere, alarming Amityville of books, film and television, where unsuspecting families must deal with supernatural surprises and malevolent maladies that bleed through the …