Rex Reed, New York Observer

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Recent articles by Rex:

‘The Son’: A Stellar Hugh Jackman Makes This Engrossing But Downbeat Movie Worth It

A family copes with painful issues of mental illness, divorce, and worse, but detailed performances from Jackman and Laura Dern achieve a balance that is rewarding. → Read More

‘Bones and All’: A Blood-Filled Two-Hour Trash Fest of Dreamy-Eyed Cannibals

Timothée Chalamet stars in this preposterous movie about love-struck carnivores who feast on human flesh but avoid each other’s jugulars without leaving so much as a hickey. → Read More

Review: The Excruciating “& Juliet” Fails on Every Level

Set to the music of Max Martin, this moronic new Broadway show asks the question, “What if Romeo died but Juliet didn’t kill herself and lived on to bore everybody else to death?” → Read More

‘The Menu’: Vicious, Delicious, And Horrifying

Haute cuisine is a metaphor for high society in this murderous satire. You may never eat another s’more again. → Read More

‘The Fabelmans’: Spielberg’s Self-Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man Is Less Than Mesmerizing

If you want to make an ego-massaging movie about yourself that runs for two-and-a-half hours, you better have a damned good story to tell. But 'The Fabelmans' is only intermittently interesting. → Read More

‘The Good Nurse’: This Serial Killer Thriller Is A Nerve Shattering Work of Art

Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain turn this Netflix true-life crime procedural into one of the best films of 2022. → Read More

‘My Policeman’: A Mature, Sophisticated, Sexy Love Triangle That Will Break Your Heart

Harry Styles is this movie’s commercial lure, infusing a narrative that spans four decades with a certain glamor (and some nude sex scenes). But he is only one cog in a perfect wheel. → Read More

‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ Is Nothing Short Of A Marvel

On a remote Irish island a friendship goes sour and tragedy ensues. Colin Farrell displays remarkable range in a film that’s as freshly observed as it is hard to watch. → Read More

She Screams, They Scream, We All Scream For Lea Michelle In ‘Funny Girl’

The ovations (many of them standing) greeting Lea Michelle as Fanny Brice are contagious. → Read More

‘The Same Storm’ Seeks Connection, But Zoom Doesn’t Work For Filmmaking Either

A huge cast — including Elaine May, Mary-Louise Parker, Sandra Oh, Alison Pill, Ron Livingston and Judith Light — look for connection in the age of Covid. But the Zoom vignettes don't add up to much. → Read More

An Amazing Cate Blanchett Performance Can’t Save The Empty, Incomprehensible ‘Tár’

It’s a revelation to see Blanchett chew the scenery for nearly three hours. But this beautiful-to-look-at movie remains audience resistant. → Read More

Underrepresented Queer Stories Dominated TIFF—A Definitive Breakthrough for a Mainstream Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival has gone fully digital, and no longer attracts the stars it once did, but is still a vital venue for great cinema. → Read More

‘Beast’ Is a Waste of Time and Idris Elba

Idris Elba is a talented actor, but sadly ‘The Lion King’ is the more thrilling movie about lions. → Read More

In a Thriller About the Dark Side of Capitalism, Aubrey Plaza Shines as ‘Emily the Criminal’

Writer-director John Patton Ford keeps the bloodshed to a minimum, but gets a maximum of suspense and anxiety out of the simple swiping of a credit card. → Read More

Documentary-Style Thrillers Don’t Get Much Better Than ‘Thirteen Lives’

Combining all of Ron Howard's strengths in one dynamic thriller, 'Thirteen Lives' is a great tribute to the resilience of the human spirit at a time when it takes a crisis to bring out the best in people. → Read More

Lesley Manville Triumphs in Heart-Warming ‘Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris’

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is the newest version of Paul Gallico’s popular and enduring 1958 novel about Ada Harris, a British cleaning woman who scrubs the floors to fulfill her dream of owning a Christian Dior gown before she dies. → Read More

‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ Is a Corny and Old-Fashioned Melodrama

'Where the Crawdads Sing' is the long-winded saga of an orphan girl named Kya, deserted by her family and left to raise herself in a primitive swamp full of alligators. → Read More

‘#MeToo’ Horror Thriller ‘She Will’ Has Its Unconventional Moments

While never remotely scary,’ She Will’ is still ghoulish and unconventional enough to be embraced by a vast mass of witchcraft fans. → Read More

‘Mr. Malcolm’s List’ is Jane Austen-Flavored Period Fun

Lavishly filmed, ‘Mr. Malcolm’s List’ doesn’t quite achieve its goal of emulating Jane Austen’s sense of irony, but the acting is so good it may not matter. → Read More

‘The Forgiven’ Is a Powerful Journey Not Everyone Will Want to Take

‘The Forgiven’ is not a journey every viewer will want to make, but it’s rewarding to watch Ralph Fiennes play the emotional subtexts of a complicated role with power and nuance. → Read More