Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Review: Director John Lee Hancock's "The Founder"
Ketchup, mustard, two pickles. In John Lee Hancock's "The Founder," about Ray Kroc and the making of McDonald's, the ingredients for success are ruthlessly simple. When Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling traveling salesmen selling milkshake mixers, first beelines to San Bernardino, California, in...
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
Director-Writer Paolo Sorrentino, Actor Jude Law Reflect On HBO's "The Young Pope"
In HBO's absorbing new drama "The Young Pope," Jude Law plays the title character, American-born Lenny Belardo, who, through divine intervention or woeful human error (this will be hotly debated), is made Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church at the tender age of 47. A disruptive, puzzling...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
Review: Director Peter Berg's "Patriots Day" 
Bombs detonated in the center of Boston are disarmed by bonds of family and community in Peter Berg's "Patriots Day," a stirring ode to civic life in the age of terrorism. "Patriots Day," which recreates the 2013 Boston Marathon and the subsequent four-day manhunt, is the third in a string of...
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
Review: Ben Affleck's "Live by Night" 
Ben Affleck is no doubt an ambitious and tasteful filmmaker, but he's gotten himself in a bit of hot water with the bloated period gangster epic "Live by Night ." It looks and sounds right and all the elements are there: A conflicted anti-hero with a granite jaw, a fast-talkin', two-timin' moll,...
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017
Denzel Washington's Film Adaptation of "Fences" Respectful of August Wilson's World
When August Wilson's widow first toured the set for the new movie based on his play "Fences," she carefully examined the modest two-story brick house, the small yard and the tree where a ball hung from a rope - and she wept. Constanza Romero, who lost her playwright husband in 2005, has visited...
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017
Review: Director Theodore Melfi's "Hidden Figures"
Theodore Melfi's buoyant "Hidden Figures" is an old-fashioned feel-good movie with powerful contemporary relevance, spearheaded by a trio of unstoppable actresses playing black women who wouldn't be stopped. Set in 1961 Virginia, the fact-based "Hidden Figures," adapted from Margot Lee Shetterly's...
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017
Review: Writer/Director Maren Ade's "Toni Erdmann"
"Toni Erdmann " is a hard film to love, but that might be the point. The German movie from the clearly talented and incisive writer/director Maren Ade seems like it should be a comedy - the lightly plotted character study is about a father trying to introduce some chaos into his adult daughter's...
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016
Review: Director Mike Mills' "20th Century Women" Starring Annette Bening
Way too many films out there are heavy on plot and exposition, light on atmosphere and character development. It's safe to say "20th Century Women" isn't one of them. Indeed, this new film from Mike Mills, a loving nod to the director's own 1970s California youth, is precisely the opposite: a...
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016
Review: Writer-Director Jim Jarmusch's "Paterson" 
Waking up. Making coffee. Walking to work. Talking to coworkers. Coming home. Walking the dog. Going to the bar. Repeating it all again. These are the mundane activities Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson “ is made of. While they’re the things most of us do without much thought, and often with a little dread...
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016
Director Maren Ade Reflects On "Toni Erdmann"
"Make sure they know to play it loud," the filmmaker Maren Ade advises ahead of a screening of her film, "Toni Erdmann." Since its rollicking debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May, "Toni Erdmann" has been the unlikely rock star of the international film festival scene. It's a German comedy that...