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Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021
Review: Paul Thomas Anderson's "Licorice Pizza"
It's school picture day at a high school in Southern California's San Fernando Valley in the opening scene of Paul Thomas Anderson's 1970s-set "Licorice Pizza." The photographer's assistant, Alana (Alana Haim), strides up and down a long line of students waiting in the sunshine outside a gymnasium...
Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021
Review: Ridley Scott's "House of Gucci"
Everything in "House of Gucci" is over the top. The accents. The performances. The fashion. The settings. The runtime. The music. The greed. This movie knows exactly what it is and, sweetie, it is gloriously decadent, ridiculous fun. There is an alternate universe in which " House of Gucci " is a...
Monday, Nov. 22, 2021
Review: Disney's "Encanto" From Directors Byron Howard, Jared Bush, Charise Castro Smith
Mirabel is extraordinary, in that when it comes to her family, she is totally normal. That's the set-up for Disney's absolutely charming new animated musical "Encanto," which flips the typical children's movie script. Instead of few magical people amid a sea of ordinary, here the ordinary is, well...
Friday, Nov. 12, 2021
Review: Director Lin-Manuel Miranda's "tick, tick... Boom!"
"Tick, tick... Boom!," Lin-Manuel Miranda's affectionate, well-crafted adaptation of Jonathan Larson's "rock monologue," captures all that's grand and beautiful about musical theater, and a little of what can make it insufferable, too. Miranda's film, his accomplished directorial debut, is a...
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021
Review: Director Kenneth Branagh's "Belfast"
If you didn't know Kenneth Branagh's new film " Belfast " was based (somewhat) on his own childhood, you probably wouldn't know it by the end either. That's a good thing. This isn't a portrait of the artist as a young man. We see a love for theater and cinema, but no nascent Shakespeare affinities...
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021
Review: Directorial Duo Julie Cohen and Betsy West's "Julia"
There's a semi-serious joke on Twitter about releasing the "all-Julia cut" of "Julie & Julia." Nora Ephron's generation-hopping tale of Julia Child's rise and the modern young woman trying to follow her lead has its fans, but it's no secret that the Julia Child section is just more interesting...
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021
Review: Director Pablo Larrain's "Spencer"
The casting, with Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, is brilliant, and the ending, in a top-down convertible, is sublime. So why is the rest of Pablo Larraín's "Spencer" such a hollow exercise in high camp? It wasn't so long ago that the Chilean director Larraín crafted another meditation of...
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021
Review: Director Miguel Sapochnik's "Finch" Starring Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks doesn't need a human or even a sentient acting partner to make a film or a scene sing. Think Wilson the volleyball, Hooch and even that laptop from "You've Got Mail." So it's not at all surprising if he's the first guy on the list for your post-apocalyptic film about a man, a robot and a...
Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021
Jeymes Samuel Makes Feature Directing Debut With "The Harder They Fall"
If you had any doubt that Jeymes Samuel, the director of "The Harder They Fall" and the British musician known as the Bullits, loves Westerns, then you haven't heard him sing Dean Martin's "My Rifle, My Pony and Me" from John Ford's "Rio Bravo." "When Dean Martin pops up in a movie, you know: Oh,...
Friday, Oct. 29, 2021
Director Orlando von Einsiedel Hopes "Convergence" Will Impact How Documentaries Are Made Going Forward
Director Orlando von Einsiedel has an innate knack--and affinity--for finding and following a small story with a limited number of protagonists and allowing that story to unfold to reveal bigger meanings and issues. But as we all have in one way or another had to adapt during the COVID-19 crisis,...

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