Owen Gleiberman

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‘Fair Play’ Review: A Gripping Financial Drama Dunked in Up-to-the-Minute Sexual Politics

No matter how many “good little movies” play at Sundance, going forward this festival simply can’t be what it has been if it doesn’t feature movies that can break out of...

‘Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields’ Review: A Documentary of Fascinating Depth Holds Our Voyeuristic Image Culture Up to the Light

There are times when you see a documentary about a subject you think you know well, and the fact that you do almost becomes part of what’s gratifying about it. It’s...

‘Little Richard: I Am Everything’ Review: An Enthralling Portrait of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Most Transgressive King

One of the paradoxes of the great early rock ‘n’ rollers is that they possessed a cathartic sexuality and bombs-away rockabilly-on-pep-pills energy that was unlike anything we’d ever seen, yet their...

‘Kim’s Video’ Review: The Legendary New York Video Store Get Its Own Documentary. It’s a Movie as Weird as One You’d Rent at Kim’s

The words “Quentin Tarantino” and “video store” will forever be linked in the popular imagination. But imagine that Quentin didn’t just work at a video store. Imagine that he owned, operated,...

The Lesson of ‘Babylon’: Every Great Filmmaker Has to Fall on Their Face Once and Learn From It

Watching Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon,” in all its superficially titillating, occasionally exciting and mostly exhausting wretched excess (the orgies, the elephant poop, the contempo actors overdoing it as dawn-of-cinema stars, the general...

‘Skinamarink’ Review: An Experimental House-at-3:00-A.M. Horror Film That Touches the Uncanny

If I were an ambitious producer of horror films, like Jason Blum, the first thing I would do this year is to offer a deal to Kyle Edward Ball, the writer-director...

‘M3GAN’ Review: A Robot-Doll Sci-Fi Horror Movie That’s Creepy, Preposterous and Diverting

The title character of “M3GAN,” a slyly preposterous and also somewhat clever satirical sci-fi horror film, is a beautiful creepy android doll from hell who doesn’t look like other sinister movie...

The Best Documentaries of 2022

For decades now, one of the buzziest things you’ll hear at a film festival is, “The best movies here are the documentaries.” It’s often a true statement, but maybe it’s not...

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