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Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018
Review: Director Adam McKay's "Vice"
Blow your nose, and you'll miss the split-second shot of a younger Donald Trump in "Vice," Adam McKay's exhaustingly entertaining (and entertainingly exhausting) Dick Cheney movie. But make no mistake: the filmmaker wants us to be thinking about Trump. What he's telling us — implicitly, then more...
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018
Review: Pawel Pawlikowski's "Cold War"
It took "Aquaman" two and a half hours just to put a fancy trident in its hero's hands. Pawel Pawlikowski's latest, "Cold War," follows a doomed romance over 15 years and across much of mid-century Europe in a mere 88 minutes. And you're telling me the guy who can swim fast is the superhero? In two...
Monday, Dec. 17, 2018
Review: Women Generate Buzz For "Bumblebee"
The "Transformers" movie universe has lately been leaky and rusted out. It's become shorthand for bad blockbuster moviemaking — male-driven, mindless spectaculars with sophomoric humor. How can it be saved? Just hand the keys over to some talented women. "Bumblebee," the sixth film in the series,...
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
Agency of the Year: A Telling "Road Trip" For BBDO New York
Though it’s not BBDO New York’s most heralded spot of 2018, American Family Insurance’s “Road Trip” is worthwhile in its own right while at the same time eloquently capturing the spirit behind the stellar creative which earned the shop distinction as SHOOT ’s Agency of the Year. Directed by Jamie...
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
Review: Clint Eastwood's "The Mule"
Both tender apologia and vigorous justification, Clint Eastwood's "The Mule" is a deeply, fascinatingly personal meditation from the 88-year-old director who, like his aged drug mule protagonist, has spent a long time on the road. "The Mule" is the indefatigable Eastwood's second film just this...
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
Review: Director Rob Marshall's "Mary Poppins Returns"
In the half-century since the original "Mary Poppins" debuted, we've learned a lot about refined sugar, frankly none of it good. Doctors tell us it can lead to obesity, heart disease and all sorts of other detriments to our health. But let's face it, there are times when a little sugar — oh what...
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
SHOOT’s Picks For The Best Work Of 2018
With 2018 about to fully enter the proverbial rearview mirror, it’s time for reflection on varied fronts, including assessing what work was among the year’s most worthwhile creatively. Determining any year’s “best” is a highly subjective proposition so SHOOT staffers looked to at least narrow the...
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
Redefining 2018 With A Sense Of Purpose: Year-End Agency Survey
Looking back on the language of 2018 provides cause for pause. picked “misinformation” as its word of the year, on the heels of Oxford Dictionaries choosing “toxic.” While misinformation has always existed, it became more prevalent in 2018, fueled in part by the rise of often...
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
Review: Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk"
"Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street...whether in Jackson, Mississippi, or in Harlem, New York," reads the title card that begins director Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk ." The quote is from a 1974 James Baldwin novel, which Jenkins has adapted himself for his...
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
Review: Director Josie Rourke's "Mary, Queen of Scots"
"Mary, Queen of Scots " is an ambitious re-imagining of the Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I saga with modern flourishes and bold performances from Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. But the film, for all its prestige and edginess, its lofty goals and contemporary messages, is not a particularly...

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