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Friday, Jan. 15, 2021
Sundance Preview: Directors Reflect On Their Feature Documentaries
Bring Your Own Brigade , Rebel Hearts and Cusp are among the select field of documentaries set for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The filmmakers behind them run the gamut in terms of their Sundance chops. Lucy Walker is a Sundance fixture with Bring Your Own Brigade her latest in a series of...
Friday, Jan. 15, 2021
Cinematographers & Cameras: Lensing "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Waiting for the Barbarians"
A tale of two cinematographers--one whose feature is currently in the Oscar conversation across varied categories, the other already a two-time Academy Award winner with professional achievements that also include a number of lifetime achievement honors. The latter DP is Chris Menges, ASC, BSC who...
Friday, Jan. 15, 2021
TV "Box Office": Consciousness Of Streaming
On January 29, director John Lee Hancock’s psychological suspense thriller The Little Things , starring Academy Award winners Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto, is scheduled to premiere both in theaters around the country and on HBO Max. The Little Things will be available on HBO Max for...
Friday, Jan. 15, 2021
Industry Outlook Survey: 2020 Vision, Lessons Learned For 2021
With a 2020 in the rearview mirror that no one could have predicted, we now stubbornly try again to see what the new year has in store no matter the pitfalls of prognostication. Yet while crystal balls are inherently flawed, there’s something to be gained from considering what’s possible with a new...
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
Review: Director Sam Pollard's "MLK/FBI"
There's an iconic photograph of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that was taken as he triumphantly boarded one of the first integrated buses in Montgomery, Alabama. It was 1956 and King looks out a window, firmly at the front of the bus, almost gazing toward his movement's next big social hurdle...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021
Review: Director Phyllida Lloyd's "Herself"
Phyllida Lloyd's "Herself," an Irish drama of spousal abuse set against Dublin's housing crisis, has some narrative weak spots but its foundation of resilience and heart is strong. Previous forays into film by Lloyd, a veteran theater director, have been more elaborate, starrier affairs ("Mamma Mia...
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021
Review: Director Kornél Mundruczó, Writer Kata Wéber Team On "Pieces of a Woman"
"Pieces of a Woman " begins with a tragedy. Martha (Vanessa Kirby) is expecting her first child with her partner Sean (Shia LaBeouf). For a few minutes, we see them in the final stages of preparation for life with a baby: She's saying farewell to her co-workers and packing up her things; Her mother...
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020
Review: Director Matteo Garrone's "Pinocchio"
The latest cinematic rendering of " Pinocchio, " from Italian director Matteo Garrone, is informed not by the friendly 1940 Walt Disney retelling, but the original source material. Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel "The Adventures of Pinocchio" is a much darker affair than the song-filled animated version...
Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020
Review: "Soul" Breaks New Ground For Pixar
Pete Docter's "Soul" features stairway-to-heaven visions of the afterlife, a pre-birth "before" realm where souls are glowing turquoise orbs and an in-between spiritual realm trafficked by some kind of psychedelic pirate. And yet, kind of magically, it's about "just regular old living." Pixar may...
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 "...

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