Stories By 'AO SCOTT'
In July of 1969, as the world’s attention was fixed on the spectacle of the first lunar landing, news broadcasts would sometimes flash back to a speech given by President John F Kennedy earlier in the decade. In effect writing the check that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins would cash a half-dozen years after his death, Kennedy vowed to send astronauts to the moon “not because it is easy, but because it is hard.”
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Sicario: Day of the Soldado directed by Stefano Sollima from a script by Taylor Sheridan, is an unusual kind of sequel. Dumber, less inventive and not as pretentious as Sicario (released in 2015, directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Sheridan), it both advances and retreats, expanding on the original and narrowing its scope. Emily Blunt is missing, and so is some of the sharpness that made Sicario interesting. This time, we’re in more familiar genre territory.
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Alone in his workshop one night, Mike Lane receives a visit from the muse. Though he’s still played by Channing Tatum,
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At an especially stressful moment in their domestic life—they are in the midst of an escalating battle with the fraternity next door
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