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Saturday, Mar. 28, 2020
Review: Prentice Penny Makes Directorial Debut With "Uncorked"
The wine movie is not exactly known for a bouquet of tasting notes. From "Wine Country" to "Bottle Shock," they are usually light, amiable movies that amble through sunny fields of vines. "Sideways," of course, is the choice vintage, but most come and go about as quickly and breezily as a bottle of...
Saturday, Mar. 21, 2020
Pamela Adlon Proves "Better Things" Come From Real Life
While some celebrities try to keep details of their personal lives to themselves, Pamela Adlon turns her life into content for "Better Things," and nothing is too private for the TV comedy. Last season, scenes showed the show's main character, Sam, suffering the indignities of night sweats, weight...
Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2020
Review: Director George Nolfi's "The Banker" From Apple TV+
"The Banker" is an odd title for this film. It has the effect of underselling a fascinating story about a black business savant that was inspired by real events. In the 1950s and early 1960s, Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) became a real estate mogul in Los Angeles and (eventually) the owner of a...
Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2020
Review: Director Craig Zobel's "The Hunt" 
Fittingly, few films in recent memory arrive with a bigger target on its back than "The Hunt." Our quick advice? Lower your weapons. The horror-thriller with a healthy side of political commentary was pulled from release last summer following backlash to its trailer depicting a group of wealthy,...
Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020
Review: Director Kelly Reichardt's "First Cow"
The American West is about as well-trod territory as there is in movies, but Kelly Reichardt keeps unearthing new treasures. Her latest excavation, "First Cow," is her most sublime yet. Like many of Reichardt's previous films, it's set in Oregon but in a seemingly unremarkable in-between moment in...
Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020
Alex Garland Reflects On His New FX Series "Devs"
The new FX series "Devs" may be set in the world of high tech, but its creator is politely asking you to put yours down while checking it out. Alex Garland wants you to choose to watch his show — really be present — not half-watch while fiddling with your phone. It's not that kind of show. "If...
Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020
Review: Pixar's "Onward" Directed By Dan Scanlon
For a revolutionary animation studio, Pixar has been surprisingly wary of advancing technology. The company may be at the forefront of digital animation, but for 25 years, its spiritual DNA has been decidedly nostalgic. It's the old-school new school. In "WALL-E," high-tech humans have devolved...
Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
Nazi Cautionary Dramas Take On Modern Relevance, Wade Into Political, Factual Disputes
Hollywood mustered its creative forces in the 1940s when Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany sought to conquer the world, with Humphrey Bogart standing up to the fascist regime in "Casablanca" and director Ernst Lubitsch mocking it and its dictator in "To Be or Not to Be." More than 70 years later, an...
Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
Ben Affleck Shares Personal Journey In Navigating "The Way Back"
Of the many stories that have stuck with Ben Affleck from his Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, one has especially resonated for the actor. Recovery is often described as a process of removing a damaging habit from your life. One man articulated it in a more positive way. He said he quit drinking so...
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
Review: Writer-Director Leigh Whannell's "The Invisible Man"
Unraveling the dusted bandages of H.G. Wells' classic 1897 science-fiction novel, writer-director Leigh Whannell has refashioned "The Invisible Man" as a bracingly modern #MeToo allegory that, despite its brutal craft, rings hollow. Our image of Wells' villain — the white wrappings, the dark...

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