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Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
Review: Wes Anderson's "The French Dispatch"
There's a line that Bill Murray's Harold Ross-like character Arthur Howitzer Jr, the editor of The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun, says a few times in Wes Anderson's new movie that I can't stop thinking about. "Just try to make it sound like you wrote it that way on purpose," he...
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
Review: Director Jeymes Samuel's "The Harder They Fall"
These. People. Existed. Those three words — and that very emphatic punctuation — appear onscreen at the beginning of "The Harder They Fall," setting a definitive tone for this stylish and bold new Western by Jeymes Samuel. Yes, Samuel is saying, his storyline is fictional, though loosely based on...
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
Review: Director Denis Villeneuve's "Dune"
A cool wind sweeps through the sands of "Dune," Denis Villeneuve's chilly, majestic adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic 1965 science-fiction novel. Hot as it may be on Arrakis, the desert planet that draws the universe's most powerful interests to its mineral-rich but inhospitable sands,...
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021
Review: Director Todd Haynes Makes Documentary Debut With "The Velvet Underground" 
As a young man starting college, director Todd Haynes fell immediately for the Velvet Underground — the band which, musician Brian Eno famously said, didn't sell many records, but everyone who bought one went and started a band. It sounds like the storyline of a great fictional music film: Amidst...
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021
Review: Medieval and #MeToo Clash In Director Ridley Scott's "The Last Duel"
On its mud-and-blood surface, "The Last Duel" seems like a familiar slog. The film, directed by Ridley Scott, begins with all the expected medieval trappings: gory battlefields, imposing stone castles, the clop of horses. The skies are gray, the terrain muddy and, considering this film is by the...
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021
Review: Fran Kranz Debuts As Writer-Director With "Mass"
The piercing traumas of school shootings, when they've made it into the movies, have seldom carried quite the right tone. Even the best intentions in wading into such tragic horrors can come off as insincere, even exploitive. "Mass," Fran Kranz's meditative chamber piece, is a sober and wrenching...
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021
AFS Productions Turns 25
Marking its silver anniversary, AFS Productions has proven to be quick, nimble and resourceful over its 25 years--and counting. Part of that ability to turn on a proverbial dime, to pivot when needed, is rooted in AFS being a family run, boutique style company under the aegis of Dale and Brin...
Thursday, Sep. 30, 2021
Review: Julia Ducournau's Cannes Palme d'Or-winning "Titane"
"Titane" is a shock to the system. Unbound by genre, decency or form, French writer-director Julia Ducournau's Palme d'Or recipient is pulsating and passionately defiant cinema that nearly defies explanation. Or at least explanation can hardly do it justice (neither does a simple R rating); this is...
Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2021
Review: Series Creator David Chase, Director Alan Taylor Team On "The Sopranos" Prequel Film
When "The Sopranos" is brought up these days, it's usually for the nebulous way it ended: That now-famous cut-to-black in a crowded diner while Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" plays. Whether Tony Soprano lived or died is still hotly debated. The real death in 2013 of the great James Gandolfini...
Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2021
A Deeper Dive Into Facebook's Decision To "Pause" Kids' Instagram
Bowing — perhaps only for a moment — to pressure from lawmakers, critics, the media and child development experts, Facebook said Monday it will "pause" its work on a kids' version of its photo and video-oriented Instagram app. But what's not yet clear is just how seriously Facebook is taking the...

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