Author Jason McKiernan

I married into the cult of cinema at a very young age - I wasn't of legal marriage age, but I didn't care. It has taken advantage of me and abused me many times. Yet I stay in this marriage because I'm obsessed and consumed. Don't try to save me -- I'm too far gone.

Projection: Oscar
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Here we are, in the wake of the initial fall festival onslaught, having surveyed the initial landscape and taken a small respite to process all that’s been released. The rush very recently resumed, as the next wave of festivals – New York and London – have come and gone, and now we have another short settling period as AFI Fest soon…

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If Happy Death Day feels like a rerun of a movie you’ve already seen, that’s because you have. It’s a slightly-blood-spattered Groundhog Day – emphasis on the “slightly,” since the film is essentially bowdlerized so that its target teen crowd doesn’t have to sneak in after purchasing tickets to Lego Ninjago Movie. Yes, here is a…

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9.3
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Behold, a possibly controversial opening statement: Blade Runner 2049 justifies the existence of its predecessor. The cult-classic 1982 Ridley Scott epic is well-revered but remains something of a conceptual skeleton: it opens the door to great thematic richness but only flirts with entering. 2049 enters and explores…

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On the surface, Stronger comes from the traditional mold of the hero’s narrative: a noble protagonist suffers through unspeakable tragedy but finds the will to rise up into previously unknown greatness. But this true-life story accomplishes its own heroic undertaking: calling bullshit on its own familiar formula, spinning the…

Projection: Oscar
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We are a month into the fall movie season, a point at which the Oscar race should be well oiled and firing on all cylinders. And yet, as I’ve noted in previous columns, this season has a different vibe, as though we are flying blind as we move into the awards frame. That’s not due to a shortage of contenders, mind you – to the contrary, the early …

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Two confessions I want to make right up front about Kingsman: The Golden Circle. First, much as I always intend to walk into every screening with an open mind, hoping for the best, the very model of film critic purity, I was actually worried. Why, I wondered, do we need a Kingsman sequel? Apart from its status as a comic book property – and per …

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9.4
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Time: that tortuous ticking clock, that mysterious muse, that swift and sneaking thief. Our relationship with time is too complex to fully fathom within a given moment, for we can never step outside our own perspective. One long Monday at the office feels like it will never end, but then somehow we get to Friday and wonder where…

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9.0
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mother! is a work of art that runs so deep and tackles so much that it’s difficult to fully encapsulate even within a long form review. It’s the latest film from Darren Aronofsky, whom we can always rely on to deliver works of audacious artistry and frightening surrealism, but even coming from the auteur behind The Fountain and…

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