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Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020
Review: Writer-Director Emerald Fennell's "Promising Young Woman"
Is it a #MeToo-era revenge thriller? A 21st-century "Fatal Attraction"? A candy-colored feminist polemic, to strains of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears? A black comedy? A comic tragedy? None of the above — and all of the above. Which is to say: a film as bracingly original as Emerald Fennell's "...
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020
Review: Director Paul Greengrass' "News of the World"
Tom Hanks rides a horse and blasts a six-shooter in his new film, "News of the World." Some of you might be thinking this must be his first cowboy role. To those, we respond: Have you forgotten about Woody so soon? All of Hanks — not just his voice — is employed in this second cowboy role, playing...
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020
Review: "Sylvie's Love" From Writer-Director Eugene Ashe
It's summertime in Harlem in 1957 when we get to know the beautiful souls at the center of " Sylvie's Love." Sylvie (Tessa Thompson) works at the register of her father's record store but dreams of a job in television. Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha) is a struggling saxophonist who spots her, and a help...
Friday, Dec. 18, 2020
Agency of The What A Year It Has Been: Wieden+Kennedy
A tale of two Nike spots--one sparse and stark, the other a sophisticated tour de force production. Yet both, despite being executional worlds apart, share a common bond, promoting social action, empowerment, inspiration, the belief that we can and must do better--messages that took on a gravitas...
Friday, Dec. 18, 2020
SHOOT's Selections For The Best Work Of 2020
With 2020 about to enter the proverbial rearview mirror--and not soon enough for many of us--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...
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020
Review: Director George Clooney's "The Midnight Sky"
Netflix is on a roll this year, with "Mank,""Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,""Da 5 Bloods" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7" all garnering Oscar buzz. Well, hold onto your spacesuits for the latest — "The Midnight Sky." George Clooney directs and stars in this feature film adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton...
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020
Review: Chadwick Boseman Gives Stirring Final Performance In "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
Chadwick Boseman surges onto the screen as fast-talking trumpeter Levee in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" like a man on an electrified tightrope -- balancing precariously between hope and cynicism, humor and sadness, joy and pain, and love and hate. Unlike with some of Boseman's other famous characters...
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020
Review: Director Michael Angelo Covino's "The Climb"
Three-quarters through "The Climb" comes a scene we've all come to expect in a romantic comedy: A wedding is interrupted by the best man who rushes into a church during a marriage ceremony and screams "I object!" He turns to the shocked bride and groom kneeling at the altar and — summoning all his...
Friday, Nov. 6, 2020
Review: Director David Fincher's "Mank"
In one history of the movies, "Citizen Kane" screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz might look like a footnote. The former playwright had a hand in many famous pictures, including "The Wizard of Oz," but most went uncredited. He was the smartest guy in the room, a drunk and a gambler who was dead at 55...
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020
Review: Director Max Winkler's "Jungleland"
When a small indie film uses the title "Jungleland," it's natural to expect that Bruce Springsteen's famous tune will be heard. But, as with much of Max Winkler's moody, tender movie, the answer is yes and no. There's Bruce, but not the song you expected. "Jungleland" is about two brothers trying...

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