Review: American Pickle
Host.
I would certainly accept a 100-year float in pickle brine at this point in 2020. And I don’t even like pickles.

A century-long salty nap is the inciting incident of “An American Pickle,” an enjoyable and light-footed comedy starring Seth Rogen.
Review: She Dies Tomorrow
She Dies Tomorrow.
A warning: This is one of those movies where you’re not getting an explanation.

To varying degrees, that’s a choice that can bother people; a great many moviegoers prefer to Google “[Name of Movie] ending explained” before the credits end.
     


 
 
The #1 Movie in America
Transformers
It would take a long time to explain why the fourth and fifth movies in the “Transformers” movies are very bad.
Review: Red Penguins
Red Penguins
Some documentaries are meant to expose or explain a difficult truth. Others seek to give the viewer a better understanding of an important figure or moment.
The #1 in America: CB4
While this column and its associated podcast puts an awful lot of weight on a film becoming the “number one movie in America,” that crown is often bestowed somewhat arbitrarily.
Review: Host
Host
The Zoom call: A clunky but serviceable way to communicate with those who are not physically present.
Review: Rebuilding Paradise
Rebuilding Paradise
In your mind, conjure up an image of hell.
Review: The Rental
The Rental
Sometime during your second Airbnb stay, a thought will inevitably occur to you: “Is the owner watching me right now?”
Review: Impetigore
Impetigore
In an era when so few truths are global, there is at least one essential rule we can all live by, no matter where we are.
#1 Movie: The Scorpion King
Scorpion King
“The Scorpion King” is a prequel to a sequel to a remake.
Review: Sometimes Always Never
The appeal of “Sometimes Always Never” is the more it unfolds, the greater its pull becomes.
Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
“Fiddler on the Roof” was the top-grossing movie of 1971.

Maybe.
Review: Fatal Affair
Fatal Affair
You’re pretty sure you know what you’re getting into with a movie called “Fatal Affair.”
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