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A graphic showing the different celebrities who attended the 2024 Oscars Award Ceremony. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

The joyful, horrifying and toxic experience of winning an Oscar

Joshua Lee March 19, 2024

On Sunday, March 10, television host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 96th Academy Awards, and for an event known for its gold, sweat and tears — for better or worse — it didn’t disappoint. Predictably,...

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A graphic illustrating the negative reviews Marvels new movieMadame Web received. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

“Madame Web” is a disaster of indescribable proportions

Joshua Lee March 1, 2024
Following my viewing of the $80 million trainwreck that is Sony Pictures’ “Madame Web,” I was genuinely gobsmacked.
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Poster for the A24 film The Zone of Interest. The studios newest cinematic release premiered on December 15, 2023. PUBLIC DOMAIN 

“The Zone of Interest” is unlike anything you have ever seen

Joshua Lee February 11, 2024
Name any Holocaust film, whether that’s “Schindler’s List” (1993) or “Life Is Beautiful” (1997); chances are, the most morally repugnant genocide in recent history is told from the victim’s perspective. But what about a Holocaust film from the perpetrator’s point of view? 
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The official poster for Yorgos Lanthimos film Poor Things. The film premiered on Sept.1 at the 80th Venice International Film Festival. PUBLIC DOMAIN

The Frankensteinian “Poor Things” is Yorgos Lanthimos’ magnum opus

Joshua Lee January 19, 2024
In a way, director Yorgos Lanthimos is a more eccentric version of Tim Burton, which speaks volumes since Burton is notorious for glamorizing the strange, the ugly and the offbeat. With “Poor Things” (2023), the director finally embraces the sincere quirkiness of the protagonist with open arms.
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“Saltburn” is a narrative trainwreck that you can’t look away from

Joshua Lee December 23, 2023
This year America’s big “eat the rich” film comes from Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Emerald Fennell, and like her feature debut “Promising Young Woman” (2020), the subversion in “Saltburn” is as misguided as it is purposeless.
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A graphic showing the official film poster of The Holdovers in a public setting. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

“The Holdovers” is a cute, innocent film that overly fetishizes a vintage outlook of the past

Joshua Lee November 21, 2023
Throughout his career, director Alexander Payne has examined broken and morally reprehensible people with a thick coat of dry-wit humor Payne’s latest effort, “The Holdovers,” is no exception to this. And even if it’s not a perfect film, it might be the best we’ve seen from the 62-year-old director.
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The official movie posters for Priscilla (left) and All of Us Strangers (right). ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

The best film masterpiece of the year and one of the most frustrating: New York Film Festival screenings review

Joshua Lee November 3, 2023
These films were screened at the 61st New York Film Festival. “All of Us Strangers” will have a theatrical release on Dec. 22, 2023, while “Priscilla” will have a limited release on Oct. 27, 2023 before theatrically expanding nationally on Nov. 3, 2023.
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A graphic of the film The Creator on movie theater screen. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB

The flaws and promises of “The Creator”: Hollywood’s obsession with nostalgia and IP

Joshua Lee October 17, 2023
While everyone can use some nostalgia, Hollywood’s recent obsession with established I.P. leaves little room for original stories, especially at the blockbuster level. This brings us to Gareth Edwards and “The Creator,” with its attempt to stray away from Hollywood’s unrelenting pattern of adaptations, remakes and sequels.
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A “Haunting in Venice” leaves viewers more tilted than thrilled

Joshua Lee October 1, 2023
Only a year after Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film “Belfast” landed him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the 62-year-old actor-director returned for his third Agatha Christie book-to-film adaptation, “A Haunting in Venice.”
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