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Jennifer Lawrence tweaks her action-heroine steeliness in the half-trashy Red Sparrow

“You must inure yourself to what you find repellent,” intones Charlotte Rampling, playing the unnamed stoic headmistress of what another character in Red Sparrow describes as “whore school.” Her lesson plans must look bonkers; many of them seem to involve forced sexual encounters, sometimes conducted from the front of…

God is a gaslighting husband in Darren Aronofsky’s brilliantly deranged Mother!

Darren Aronofsky’s preoccupation with paranoid, physically grotesque searches for meaning—a curious mix of deep-think and makeup effects that goes back to his black-and-white debut feature, Pi—grimly paints humanity as a species defined by obsessions, addictions, delusions, and self-destruction, its only prophets…

Jessica Chastain in talks to play the villain in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Back in the day, superhero movies were such a hard sell that studios felt compelled to make them relatively “grounded,” usually by ignoring weirder aspects of a character’s origin or costume. But they’re are so common now that Fox is actually preparing to introduce the Shi’ar in the next X-Men movie. For those who…

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Passengers strains the considerable charms of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence could very well be the ideal couple. Sure, they’re both whiter than Wonder Bread, but they’re also both gorgeous and have great bodies, with great personalities and senses of humor to match. Lawrence can act circles around Pratt, but he’s so darn affable you just don’t care. They’ve…