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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. Dictionary.com 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...
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
Review: Director Peter Hedges' "Ben is Back"
In one of Julia Roberts' many heartbreaking scenes in "Ben is Back" — and they're pretty much all heartbreaking — she lays down the law to her 19-year-old son, a recovering drug addict who's shown up unexpectedly for Christmas. "You have one day," Holly tells Ben with all the authority she can...
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
Review: Director John McPhail's "Anna and the Apocalypse"
Consider it an early Christmas gift: "Anna and the Apocalypse" is the zombie horror holiday musical you didn't know you needed. Just imagining that first pitch meeting is entertainment in itself. "It's 'High School Musical' meets 'World War Z!' No no, it's 'Glee' meets 'Shaun of the Dead!' Hold on...
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018
Review: Director Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Favourite"
Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Favourite," a wicked blast of nasty fun, gleefully dispenses with the usual decorum of the period drama to free its powerhouse trio of actresses — Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz — in a deliciously performed romp through the wigs and corsets of 18th century British...
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
Review: Director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Shoplifters"
The idea of family as a simple, straightforward concept is challenged by the provocative but oddly touching "Shoplifters," the Palme d'Or winning film from Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda. Kore-eda puts his lens on a poor, multi-generational family, living on the seeming brink of homelessness...
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
Review: Director Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma"
The phrase "world creation" gets thrown around casually and frequently in cinema, but few modern directors are better at fashioning a totally transportive experience than director Alfonso Cuaron. He has taken us to space, to the edge of desire, to a bleak future and back to the wistful anxiety of...
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
Review: "Ralph Breaks the Internet"
In a battle between the internet and John C. Reilly, who among us wouldn't root for the latter? Leave us IMDb.com and a few podcasts, John, but by all means, go smashy-smashy with the rest. Having liberated arcade game characters from their rigidly ordained roles in 2012's "Wreck-it Ralph," its...
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
Review: Director Steven Caple Jr.'s "Creed II"
The weight of legacy hangs heavily over "Creed II." Not just for most of the characters, who must come to grips with their own family histories. But also for the filmmakers, tasked with making a sequel to a successful spin-off of a beloved franchise. It would put any film on the ropes. Not this one...

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