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Film review: I know you’ll love ‘Popstar’, I know you’ll care

Few filmmakers in American comedy make more of spectacular nonsense than the Lonely Island (Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone), and “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” fits comfortably into the group’s decade-long filmmaking excursion towards the delightful and absurd. The pop-mockumentary mixes the glossy and silly into another syllabic ode to bullshit ideas ranging…

Film review: Jeff Nichols’s sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special” is transcendent

Decades ago, when mid-budget awe still held weight, films about family and mystery  characterized and energized the sci-fi genre. When they write the long history of father-figure sci-fi cinema, Jeff Nichols and “Midnight Special” will join this tradition, earning a place amongst the Spielberg canon, even as the film transcends the limits of imitation to…