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Paul Bethany and Elizabeth Olsen in WandaVision (2021).

‘WandaVision’ studies love and spins mysteries

Brian Lang, Film Critic March 13, 2021

Marvel’s stab at creating Disney+ tv shows is off to a strong start with their new hit “WandaVision,” proving that although their classic characters haven’t been on the big screens in over a year,...

Nomadland

‘Nomadland’ is the road trip of a lifetime

Brian Lang, Film Critic February 28, 2021

For Fern (Frances McDormand) there’s never a question of “Are we there yet?” The main character of Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” (now streaming on Hulu) has no home and no clear destination in sight...

Palm Springs poster

‘Palm Springs’ explores the meaning of the perfect day

Brian Lang, Film Critic February 9, 2021

“It’s gonna be a great wedding!” That’s the first thing “Palm Springs” bridesmaid Sarah hears every morning when her eyes pop open. The unfortunate part is that she’s not going to weddings...

Wonder Woman

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is a colorful joyride with a couple of bumps

Brian Lang, Film Critic January 18, 2021

The supers have returned. After a year-long hiatus from the silver screen, DC and HBO Max have brought superheroes back with “Wonder Woman 1984,” and while Wonder Woman isn’t saving the day on the...

the prom

Netflix’s ‘The Prom’ is a splashy but disappointing mess

Brian Lang, Film Critic December 28, 2020

What do you get when you combine musical theater, a Netflix-sized budget and a grab bag of celebrities? A mess.  Netflix and Ryan Murphy (Glee), along with a gaggle of big-name actors, have teamed...

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‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ rouses and inspires

Brian Lang, Film Critic October 23, 2020

You can’t make up a story like this. Eight defendants, a caricature of a judge and the Federal Government square off in Netflix’s new drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” which covers the trial of...

Tom Holland

‘The Devil All The Time’ promises a thrilling story that falls through

Brian Lang, Film Critic October 9, 2020

In a year where theaters have been closed and the most exciting movies have been pushed into 2021, any blockbuster film feels like an oasis in the desert. Naturally, I was thrilled to hear about the new...

Timothée Chalamet and Florence Pugh in Little Women (2019)

Oscars 2020: the best of the best

Brian Lang, Film Critic February 3, 2020

The Oscars are just around the corner and predictions on who will win big are running rampant. Eight films are nominated for the highest honor of Best Picture this year, and this is my take on four of...

Knives Out

‘Knives Out’ builds a smart, funny mystery

Brian Lang, Film Critic December 3, 2019

A murder in an ornate mansion, contentious heirs gathering for a funeral, and an off-kilter detective looking for answers. Rian Johnson’s newest blockbuster “Knives Out” sounds like the setup for...

Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in Last Christmas (2019)

‘Last Christmas’ is sweet but forgettable

Brian Lang, Film Critic November 11, 2019

Even though it’s not yet Thanksgiving, for many people, Christmastime is already here. As the holiday season approaches, many avid Christmas fans break out their favorite cheesy rom-coms, and now they...

Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone in Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ brings back the gang for more of the same laughs

Brian Lang, Film Critic October 28, 2019

It’s been a long 10 years since “Zombieland” debuted, but our favorite team of zombie killers has still got it. After making it out of the first film unscathed, redneck Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson),...

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

‘Joker’ creates a compelling, dark origin story

Brian Lang, Film Critic October 8, 2019

For 50 years, Batman has been a hit on the big screen. He’s faced countless enemies along the way, but his biggest foe has always been the Joker. Over the years, the Joker has been played by many talented...

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