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Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
Industry Survey Finds COVID-19 Silver Lining; New Talent Remains Gold
This year has departed dramatically from any norm as no one at the start of 2020 would have anticipated questions centered on an ongoing pandemic, its impact on production and post, the need to adapt in order to do business while protecting the health and well-being of colleagues and collaborators...
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020
Review: Spike Lee, David Byrne Team To Bring Us "American Utopia"
Ever since the pandemic darkened theaters earlier this year, sending the entire performing arts world into a catastrophic state of limbo, we've seen all manner of creative virtual substitutes: Digital dance seasons, clever musical mashups, a live-captured version of "Hamilton." Many of these have...
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020
Review: Radha Blank Debuts With "The Forty-Year-Old Version"
Precociousness can be a curse if adulthood successes don't live up to your assumed potential. And placement on one of those 30-Under-30 lists is just a cruel public reminder what (probably) should've been — especially if you are nearing the end of your third decade without much to show for it. This...
Monday, Oct. 5, 2020
Review: Director Garrett Bradley's "Time"
There is a scene in the documentary "Time" that captures a woman on the phone trying to speak to a judge's clerk. She's put on hold. Nothing happens as the seconds tick away. One minute becomes two. The woman is still, waiting patiently. Eventually, she gets through but the call comes to nothing...
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020
Review: Director Sofia Coppola's "On the Rocks"
Few filmmakers can bring a rut to life like Sofia Coppola. When her characters are in a funk, whether it's a Hollywood actor in between jobs, a few lost souls in a foreign place or a Queen, it's never the stuff of melodrama. She has an eye for the comedic banalities of the everyday like the...
Thursday, Sep. 3, 2020
Review: Director Niki Caro's "Mulan"
Out of all of Disney's animated films, "Mulan " was the one that made the most sense as a live-action remake. Not that there haven't been good and charming live-action remakes over the past decade — Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella" being at the top of the pack — but with most of them no matter how...
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020
Chadwick Boseman Didn't Just Portray Icons. He Was One.
The image that keeps replaying in my head since the death of Chadwick Boseman is from early 2018. It was just days before "Black Panther" would open in theaters and the exhilaration aroused by this long-in-coming cultural event was everywhere around Boseman. Flocked by fans, he repeatedly paused...
Friday, Aug. 28, 2020
Review: Director Armando Iannucci's "The Personal History of David Copperfield"
It's not hard to draw a straight line from Charles Dickens to Armando Iannucci. In each there's a passion for human frailty and absurdity, and, above all, a richness of people. Nobody filled pages with a vivid cast of characters like Dickens, so who better to take a shot at "David Copperfield" than...
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020
Review: Director Christopher Nolan's "Tenet"
I went in fresh to "Tenet." I didn't have any real sense of the plot, yes, but it's more that it had been some five months since I was last in a movie theater. That's a long hiatus — a dark ages for sitting in the dark — for someone, anyone, used to going to the movies more days than not. The last...
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020
Review: Director Brett Haley's "All Together Now"
Amber Appleton gives, gives, gives. The 17-year-old spends her free time teaching English to a group of Korean women. She visits a nursing home to hand out free doughnuts and raises money for school projects. She adopts a tiny dog and puts its needs ahead of her own. She makes fried egg sandwiches...