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Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019
Review: Director Joachim Rønning's "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"
For a moment, "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" seems poised to turn into a wonderful take on "Father of the Bride" only with fangs and wings. Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), the beauty who escaped the curse of sleep, merrily accepts the proposal of Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson), a marriage that...
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019
Review: Writer-Director Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite"
Bong Joon-ho's film "Parasite" starts in a dingy, half-basement apartment with a family of four barely able to scratch out a life. There must be no place to go but up, right? Yes and no. There's nothing predictable when the South Korean director is on his game. This dark, socially conscious film...
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019
Review: Banderas As Almodovar In "Pain and Glory"
“Don’t get that storyteller look,” film director Salvador Mallo’s elderly mother admonishes him at one point in “Pain and Glory.” It’s hard not to chuckle, because the character is a thinly veiled stand-in for Pedro Almodovar himself _ the film’s director, of course, but also one of the great...
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019
Review: Director Noah Hawley's "Lucy in the Sky"
The words "inspired by real events" are some of the first you see on screen in "Lucy in the Sky ." But that loose tie to reality becomes more of a noose than a help for the story that director Noah Hawley is trying to tell. Hawley and screenwriters Elliott DiGuiseppi and Brian C. Brown cherry pick...
Monday, Sep. 30, 2019
Review: Director Craig Brewer's "Dolemite" Starring Eddie Murphy
For the amount of cursing, vulgarity and nudity in "Dolemite Is My Name," it might come as a surprise that it's actually a rather sweet and heartfelt film. "Dolemite" is not here to shock and scandalize. It's simply a loving, R-rated portrait of Rudy Ray Moore, a nobody who had the guts to believe...
Friday, Sep. 27, 2019
Forest Whitaker Ranges From Crime "Godfather" To "Jingle Jangle" Musical Performer
Forest Whitaker plays a real-life crime boss in Epix's new drama series "Godfather of Harlem" with the commanding intensity expected from him. What's less expected is the movie musical he filmed in London this summer, a U-turn for the actor who started out a singer. "Jingle Jangle," a Netflix movie...
Thursday, Sep. 26, 2019
Review: DreamWorks Animation, Pearl Studios Team On "Abominable"
"Abominable" is just about the most cuddly piece of East-West synergy a corporation could dream up. The first co-production between DreamWorks Animation and the Shanghai-based Pearl Studios (formerly known as Oriental DreamWorks), "Abominable" is a rare kind of creature but the sort we're likely to...
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2019
Review: Director Goold Captures Zellweger's Tour de Force Performance In "Judy"
Renée Zellweger is so undeniably perfect as Judy Garland that it almost makes up for the shortcomings of the film around it. "Judy " is itself a fine and imperfect look at some of Garland's last years of life, but it really should have been something transcendent — Zellweger's performance demands...
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019
Review: Director Michael Engler's "Downton Abbey"
The "Downton Abbey " movie isn't exactly a movie. It's more like another season of the popular "Masterpiece Classic" show that's been condensed to 90 minutes instead of 8 hours. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes, almost every character who made it out of the six season run alive is back for...
Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019
Review: Director John Crowley's "The Goldfinch"
Everything is beautiful in John Crowley's adaptation of "The Goldfinch ," even the grilled cheese sandwich that a kind stranger makes for a boy who has just lost his mother. It's easy to get swept up by the refined stateliness surrounding this messy odyssey of grief and trauma. But like its well-...