Marya E. Gates
Movie Reviews

Catching Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg movie review (2024)

Like any number of recent bio-docs, the filmmakers use archival footage, film clips, photographs, and interviews with those who knew her, including director

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Space: The Longest Goodbye movie review (2024)

I also found it incredibly curious that Sukjin Han, a crew commander for one of the Mars simulations, was the only interviewee, be

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The Future of the Movies, Part 2

This series presents a different essay by a different writer on the first Friday of every month. Each one starts from the premise “The

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Mean Girls movie review & film summary (2024)

The plot kicks into full effect when Regina takes a liking to Cady, as if she’s a new plaything, and invites her to

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Inshallah a Boy movie review & film summary (2024)

We first meet Nawal (Hawa) as she attempts to use a broom to pull her bra in from the fire escape where it

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Anyone But You movie review & film summary (2023)

Despite the stacked supporting cast, this is really a two-hander for Powell, whose scruffy charm is reminiscent of Kurt Russell a la “Overboard,”

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Common Ground movie review & film summary (2023)

Hokey narrative framing aside, the film does little to share actions with viewers that they can take if they are so moved. In a world

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Fair Play movie review & film summary (2023)

Although they can both technically do this job and are equally committed to doing the work, it’s clear early on that her instincts,

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My Sailor, My Love movie review (2023)

Grace is at least given a much richer personal history, which is slowly teased out. At first, it seems she is just overprotective

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Carpet Cowboys movie review & film summary (2023)

MacKenzie and Collier set the scene with evocative imagery of the complex machinery that makes these carpets, weaving thousands of threads into the

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