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Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020
Review: Pixar's "Onward" Directed By Dan Scanlon
For a revolutionary animation studio, Pixar has been surprisingly wary of advancing technology. The company may be at the forefront of digital animation, but for 25 years, its spiritual DNA has been decidedly nostalgic. It's the old-school new school. In "WALL-E," high-tech humans have devolved...
Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
Nazi Cautionary Dramas Take On Modern Relevance, Wade Into Political, Factual Disputes
Hollywood mustered its creative forces in the 1940s when Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany sought to conquer the world, with Humphrey Bogart standing up to the fascist regime in "Casablanca" and director Ernst Lubitsch mocking it and its dictator in "To Be or Not to Be." More than 70 years later, an...
Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
Ben Affleck Shares Personal Journey In Navigating "The Way Back"
Of the many stories that have stuck with Ben Affleck from his Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, one has especially resonated for the actor. Recovery is often described as a process of removing a damaging habit from your life. One man articulated it in a more positive way. He said he quit drinking so...
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
Review: Writer-Director Leigh Whannell's "The Invisible Man"
Unraveling the dusted bandages of H.G. Wells' classic 1897 science-fiction novel, writer-director Leigh Whannell has refashioned "The Invisible Man" as a bracingly modern #MeToo allegory that, despite its brutal craft, rings hollow. Our image of Wells' villain — the white wrappings, the dark...
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020
Review: Writer/Director Andrew Heckler's "Burden"
It was only a matter of time before Hollywood came calling to adapt the real-life events surrounding a museum in South Carolina that celebrated the Ku Klux Klan. The museum opened in the mid-1990s, prompting protests. One of the Klansmen eventually had a change of heart and hands the deed to the...
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020
Review: Director Benh Zeitlin's "Wendy" Offers Unique Spin On Peter Pan Myth
A Peter Pan story told from Wendy's perspective sounds either too precious to be true or ripe for a skewering. But in the hands of the filmmakers behind "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Wendy" resides — ever so delicately — in the space between. It is an achingly earnest, feral, transporting and (...
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020
Ava DuVernay's OWN Series "Cherish the Day" Celebrates Power Of Black Love
To separate filmmaker and TV producer Ava DuVernay's trenchant, history-driven projects, including "Selma" and "When They See Us," from her new romantic drama series is to sell short the determined thoughtfulness that shapes all her work. OWN's intimate, eight-episode "Cherish the Day," which...
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Review: Director Chris Sanders' "Call of the Wild" Features A CGI Canine
Does the dog movie have any new tricks? Do we want it to? For the most part, we want our dog movies like our pooches: comforting, obedient and slightly slobbery. "The Call of the Wild," the latest adaptation of Jack London's 1903 novel, is all those things but adds a new twist. Its canine is...
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Review: Director Autumn de Wilde's "Emma"
There's beauty to spare in the new screen adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma," from its palatial country estates with their art-filled galleries and manicured lawns, to the exquisitely detailed costumes (those feathered bonnets!), to star Anya Taylor-Joy, whose porcelain skin and blonde ringlets...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020
Review: Writer-Director Stella Meghie's "The Photograph"
This Valentine's Day, there's certain to be the usual flood of candy and flowers. But at your local movie theater, there's something increasingly rare: A soulful and adult romantic drama in "The Photograph." Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield star as tentative, would-be lovers in modern-day New York...

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