Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

Noel Murray

Los Angeles Times

Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Noel:

Review: A.I., Greta Thunberg and George Soros headline five docs you can watch at home

New documentaries include "Coded Bias," "I Am Greta," "Soros," "Markie in Milwaukee" and "Born to Be." → Read More

Best Pixar Movies and Characters

From Buzz Lightyear to Bing Bong, the most memorable heroes and villains from the animation studio → Read More

'Freaky' review: Vince Vaughn in a body-swap slasher comedy

Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton are fun to watch in "Freaky," a high school-set horror comedy that could've been called "Freaky Friday the 13th." → Read More

In the moving documentary I Am Greta, a teenage activist faces impossible challenges

Director Nathan Grossman certainly means to educate viewers about climate change. But he’s just as interested in letting people get to know this unusual teenager, who has taken on far more than she ever should’ve had to shoulder. → Read More

'Kindred' review: Psychological thriller fails to frighten

Strong acting from Tamara Lawrance, Fiona Shaw and Jack Lowden highlight "Kindred," an otherwise derivative psychological thriller. → Read More

In Cold Pursuit, Liam Neeson critiqued his “angry old man” persona

Liam Neeson's character in Cold Pursuit isn’t easy to root for. He’s someone whose first reaction to a deep personal loss is to hop behind the wheel of his plow and destroy anything and anyone in his path. → Read More

'Love and Monsters' review: Uncomfortably close to our reality

Dylan O'Brien stars in "Love and Monsters," an action-comedy set seven years after a cataclysm has wiped out more than 90% of Earth’s human population. → Read More

Totally Under Control is a comprehensive account of how badly Trump bungled COVID

Totally Under Control is one of the better products of the Alex Gibney factory. It’s comprehensive and measured, covering as much of Trump's catastrophic response to COVID as possible. → Read More

The Times Of Harvey Milk documented the early days of a still-raging culture war

The title of Rob Epstein’s Oscar-winning 1984 documentary The Times Of Harvey Milk signifies what the movie’s really about: not the politicians but their constituents, and how seeing someone as unapologetically out as Milk changed their lives. → Read More

'Possessor' review: Bloody sci-fi/horror not for the squeamish

Andrea Riseborough stars in the science-fiction/horror hybrid “Possessor,” writer-director Brandon Cronenberg’s violent, visionary film about a future-tech hitwoman. → Read More

With A Simple Plan, Coen brothers pal Sam Raimi made his own snowy Minnesota crime thriller

Where Fargo suggests that even a cold, gray Minnesota landscape can sometimes be warm and inviting, A Simple Plan sees its small town as an inescapable trap, in which no one ever flies away but only crashes. → Read More

A new collection reveals Prince’s artistic scope at the height of his powers

Tracks unreleased for over 30 years reveal how Prince's Sign O' The Times was the result of a great artist's quest for perfection. → Read More

Netflix’s Challenger: The Final Flight scrutinizes one of NASA’s—and America’s—worst moments

Like nearly every TV docuseries these days, Netflix's Challenger: The Final Flight is overlong, and broken up into too many parts. But its last chapter is so moving—and at times enraging—that it justifies the whole project. → Read More

Everyone’s a sinner in Antonio Campos’ moody coal country crime drama The Devil All The Time

Antonio Campos directs an ace cast—including Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Bill Skarsgård, and Riley Keough— through a series of dramatic set pieces that plunge into the darkness- and fear-dominated worlds of author Donald Ray Pollock. → Read More

The alarming documentary All In offers a possible preview of November’s election

A more straightforward bio-doc about Stacey Abrams, with extended digressions about the larger history behind her voting rights activism, might’ve been more powerful. But this is still a sobering and sometimes resonant film. → Read More

Kathryn Bigelow launched her career with an arty, intoxicating biker drama

The Loveless has much more in common with David Lynch’s Blue Velvet than anything the Hurt Locker director made afterwards. But the film's flavor can be overpowering. → Read More

There are shades of Parasite—and a big twist—in this gory Elijah Wood comedy

Maybe it’s unfair to compare the modest B-movie with last year’s critically acclaimed Parasite. But both mix moody noir with social satire and over-the-top pulp. And both feature wicked mid-picture plot twists difficult to talk about without spoiling the story. → Read More

'Cut Throat City' review': Post-Katrina Nola crime drama

The New Orleans-set crime drama "Cut Throat City," directed by RZA, stars Shameik Moore in a post-Katrina world. → Read More

Robert De Niro's Best, Worst and Craziest Performances

Resolved: Robert De Niro is one of the greatest actors of all time. Also resolved: For the past decade or so, Robert De Niro has been appearing in a lot of movies that don’t necessarily make the best use of his talents. Indeed, when one looks at the broad arc of his career, it’s hard not to notice the high concentration of masterpieces in the Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties — and the sheer… → Read More

Shanghai Noon made perfect use of its mismatched stars, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson

Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. As part of Y2k Week here at The A.V. Club, we’ll be listing the 25 best films of the year 2000. These are some of our favorites that didn’t make the countdown. → Read More