‘Cow’ Review: Andrea Arnold Generates Empathy for Animals Better Than Disney Ever Could

“Cow” opens with the closeup of a gooey calf yanked from the vaginal canal, and follows her all the way through her rough, solitary existence. The small miracle of director Andrea Arnold’s experiential documentary is that it enacts its simple premise in straightforward terms, but assembles them into a profound big picture. Her subject, a dairy cow named Luma, grows

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CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews Countdown's first all-woman line-up

It’s a conundrum… is rottweiler Anne Robinson tame enough for Countdown? As the Queen of Mean takes the chair, CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews the show’s first all-woman line-up COUNTDOWN  (Channel 4, yesterday) Rating: You have to wonder who the other contenders were, if Anne ‘Queen of Mean’ Robinson is the best choice to host Countdown – telly’s gentlest, kindest quiz. Even

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Handsome Doctors Hunt a Thai Hospital for Ghosts in Wild Netflix Horror-Comedy ‘Ghost Lab’

A slapdash and silly Netflix Original horror movie from Thailand, Pawan Purijitpanya’s “Ghost Lab” is hardly poised to become an unexpected cult hit just because it’s available to watch in so many homes across the world. And yet, for people who’ve grown numb to the predictable rhythms of jumpy Hollywood schlock, there’s something faintly endearing about a vision of the

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‘Dream Horse’ Review: ‘Seabiscuit’ Meets ‘The Full Monty’ in a Welsh Charmer Starring Toni Collette

A charmingly guileless crowd-pleaser about a lovable group of working-class stiffs and red-faced retirees in a former South Wales mining village who find new reason to get out of bed in the morning when they pool their resources and invest in breeding a thoroughbred, Euros Lyn’s “Dream Horse” is more than a little hackneyed for something based on such an

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It Was Only a Matter of Time Before We Got a COVID Rom-Com About Exes Stuck in Quarantine Together

Steven Kanter and Henry Loevner’s “The End of Us” might just be the single most obvious romantic-comedy that some opportunistic Hollywood up-and-comers could — and inevitably did — make about life during COVID-19. Here’s the premise: A couple in their late twenties suffers a rough, long overdue breakup mere hours before Tom Hanks gets sick and California issues a stay-at-home-order, forcing

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‘Ailey’ Review: A Solemn Tribute to a Dance Auteur Who Paid a Price for Genius

The name Alvin Ailey is synonymous with modern dance everywhere. The legendary dancer, director, and choreographer predominated contemporary dance through the latter half of the 20th century under the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, democratizing the art form with his racially diverse company and emotionally driven movements that spoke directly to the Black American experience. An eponymous documentary tribute to

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‘Safety’ Review: Disney+ Sports Biopic Is Not Much More than an Inspirational College Football Commercial

“Safety” is a title that works on multiple levels. The new biopic, now streaming on Disney+, centers on the story of Ray McElrathbey, a college football player who made national headlines after he stepped in to help raise his younger brother while attending classes at Clemson University. As a defensive back, safety also happens to be Ray’s position, protecting deep

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‘Lacci’ Review: Venice Film Festival Opening Night Film Is a Less Inviting ‘Marriage Story’

This year’s Venice Film Festival is a less starry affair than usual, for obvious reasons, with few of the Oscar contenders that have become its trademark in the last decade. Witness its opening film, Daniele Luchetti’s “Lacci” or “The Ties,” an intimate Italian domestic drama that’s smaller in scale and in international appeal than some recent openers (such as “First

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