Film


Choose kindess: it is that simple

IT’S hard for us cynical souls to walk into a movie advertised with the tagline “Choose kindness” and not shudder in trepidation. What sentimental hooey is this? What new hellish circle of cheese awaits ...

November 19, 2017, Sunday


And the award for worst film goes to ...

IT’S getting close to Oscar season and that means it’s time for an early prediction. Ready? Here goes: The Academy Award for Worst Title of a Motion Picture will surely go to “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” This ...

November 19, 2017, Sunday


Lavish romp on the Orient Express

KENNETH Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express “ is a visual feast, bursting with movie stars, glamor and production value so high, you might just exit the theater experiencing some time-warp whiplash. ...

November 12, 2017, Sunday


Billboards raise awkward questions

FRANCES McDormand’s face is one of the first things you see in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and it’s impossible not to be struck by its pure decency. Perhaps it’s a result of all the ...

November 12, 2017, Sunday


Film reveals soldier fight after Iraq

“THANK You For Your Service” may be an Iraq war film. But its most harrowing scene is far from the battlefield: in the sterile, dingy waiting room of the Department of Veterans Affairs. There, as countless ...

November 5, 2017, Sunday


Ostund’s satirical Palm d’Or winner a hit

SWEDISH filmmaker Ruben Ostlund’s last film, “Force Majeure,” began with the rumble of an alpine avalanche and the wallop of a shattered self-image. When a swelling white tide appears headed straight ...

November 5, 2017, Sunday


Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ just too suburban

THE perfect veneer of 1950s suburban life is just a mask for the deep rot and hypocrisy festering underneath the trimmed lawns in George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” a derivative and somewhat edgeless satire ...

October 29, 2017, Sunday


A Thor makeover: But he’ still Thor

IN the stand-alone films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor always seemed to get the short end of the stick. The Thor films were never as popular as Iron Man, and didn’t gain steam like Captain America. ...

October 29, 2017, Sunday


Turning real heroes into cartoons

FIREFIGHTERS must be our last real superheroes. They run toward stuff that’s on fire, for heaven’s sake. There are the few public servants — not cops, politicians or doctors — as beloved or who have managed ...

October 22, 2017, Sunday


A tale of 2 kids: separated by 50 years

FOR devoted fans of certain prestige directors, it’s always a little disarming to see them make a true children’s film. Expectations have to be readjusted as you submit to something else, something different. ...

October 22, 2017, Sunday




 

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