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Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
Review: Aaron Sorkin's Directorial Debut, "Molly's Game"
Aaron Sorkin has a knack for timing, and not just in the obvious way. The Oscar-winning writer of "The Social Network," ''Moneyball" and other fast-talking, crackling scripts has been celebrated for his mile-a-minute wordplay. But he's also been criticized for not exactly featuring complex, strong...
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
Review: Director Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread"
With echoes of "Rebecca" and lavish Max Ophuls productions, writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson spins the tale of an obsessive fashion designer and his muse into a suspenseful and often funny parlor drama with all the trimmings in "Phantom Thread ." Anderson is revered for his grand stage...
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
Review: Director Alexander Payne's "Downsizing"
It's hard to say what's better about the first half of Alexander Payne's wonderfully weird — or is it weirdly wonderful? — "Downsizing": the audacity of its premise, or the delicious skill with which Payne executes that premise, detail by comically ingenious detail. The fact that the film shifts...
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
Review: Director Paul McGuigan's "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool"
Annette Bening gives Gloria Grahame a nobility rarely shown to faded Hollywood actresses in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," a tender if generic portrait of aged glamour. Based on the 1986 memoir by Peter Turner, Paul McGuigan's film joins the dubious movie genre about close encounters with...
Friday, Dec. 22, 2017
SHOOT's Picks For The Best Work of 2017
With Father Time about to move from 2017 to 2018, 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, problematic proposition so SHOOT staffers looked to at least narrow the...
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017
Review: Director Michael Gracey's "The Greatest Showman"
"Don't fight it," goes the opening song of "The Greatest Showman," sung by Hugh Jackman. "It's coming for you, running at ya." Well, that's for damn sure. "The Greatest Showman" is a one hour-and-45 minute onslaught on the senses — all peppy, fizzy ballads and frantic energy, earnest sentiments and...
Friday, Dec. 22, 2017
2017 Year End Survey: Positive & Proactive
2017 has been a trying year. Political divisiveness on the rise, civility seemingly in decline. Sexual harassment coming to the fore in entertainment, media and the body politic. Those narrow of mind and short on tolerance emboldened to spew forth hate speech and scapegoating, coming to a tragic...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
Agency of the Year: Statue of No Limitations
Though not unprecedented—with Wieden+Kennedy turning the trick many moons ago—it’s rare for SHOOT to select the same shop as Agency of the Year twice in a row. But we felt compelled to do so in light of the body of work again turned out by McCann New York. And reinforcing our choice was the...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Review: Director Steven Spielberg's "The Post"
"The Post " is kind of like the Yankees of movies. A Steven Spielberg directed film about the Pentagon Papers starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and a murderer's row of all your favorite television character actors (Jesse Plemons! Bob Odenkirk! Carrie Coon! Sarah Paulson!)? It doesn't even seem fair...
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
Review: Director Carlos Saldanha's Animated Feature "Ferdinand"
This holiday season, there's all manner of conflict at your local movie theater — Jedis battling in the stars, Winston Churchill warring in Europe and Olympic athletes dueling on ice. And then there's that 2,000-pound bull that refuses to fight. "Ferdinand " is a first-rate animated tale adapted...

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