Friday, February 22, 2019

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Monday, Jan. 28, 2019
Review: Director Joe Penna's "Arctic"
The premise for "Arctic " is so simple it's almost silly to describe: Stranded man tries to survive. It's also been done more than a few times in movies, so it's understandable if hearing that invokes a yawn. And yet with barely any dialogue, traditional storytelling methods or even a cute pet or...
Monday, Jan. 28, 2019
Review: Director Mike Mitchell's "The LEGO Movie 2"
"The LEGO Movie" is a hard act to follow. Its world was so fresh and vibrant and unexpected, it's no wonder that it spawned a number of spinoffs of varying quality. But the big test was always going to be the sequel and whether or not it could recreate the magic of the first. And I'm pleased to...
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
Review: Director Peter Jackson's "They Shall Not Grow Old"
Director Peter Jackson is upfront about what audiences should not expect from his unconventional World War I documentary, "They Shall Not Grow Old." This is a film made by a non-historian for an audience of non-historians, he says. There are no dates, names or locations. Neither are there any...
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
Review: Director Adam Robitel's "Escape Room"
In retrospect, it's actually kind of surprising that there hasn't been an escape room-themed horror movie until now. The popular interactive mystery games are kind of mini films. There's a built-in set, stakes, opportunities for conflict and teamwork and a logical start and finish. It's certainly a...
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019
Review: Director Robert Zemeckis' "Welcome to Marwen"
Eighteen years ago, a man named Mark Hogencamp was brutally beaten by five men outside of a bar in Kingston, New York. The assault put him in a coma for over a week and left him with permanent brain damage and little memory of his previous life. To cope, he constructed an elaborate miniature World...
Monday, Dec. 24, 2018
Review: Director Jon S. Baird's "Stan & Ollie" 
There are lot of movies in theaters right now trying to grab your attention, and dollars, from big superhero spectacles and musical extravaganzas to awards darlings and wannabes. It's easy to get overwhelmed with the options in the multiplex (and, frankly, at home) and when something like, say, a...
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018
Review: Director Mimi Leder's "On the Basis of Sex"
If you simply can't get enough Ruth Bader Ginsburg, these last few years have been glorious — a Tumblr account, T-shirts and totes with her face, "Saturday Night Live" parodies, a workout book and a CNN documentary. This year — marking the Notorious R.B.G.'s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court —...
Friday, Dec. 21, 2018
Review: Director Karyn Kusama's "Destroyer"
A different Nicole Kidman stares out at us under the harsh Los Angeles sun of the neo-noir "Destroyer." The actress who famously donned a prosthetic nose for "The Hours" has here gone to greater and grittier lengths of transformation. Her eyes are sunken. Her skin is hardened. Her stare is...
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018
Review: Director Adam McKay's "Vice"
Blow your nose, and you'll miss the split-second shot of a younger Donald Trump in "Vice," Adam McKay's exhaustingly entertaining (and entertainingly exhausting) Dick Cheney movie. But make no mistake: the filmmaker wants us to be thinking about Trump. What he's telling us — implicitly, then more...
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018
Review: Pawel Pawlikowski's "Cold War"
It took "Aquaman" two and a half hours just to put a fancy trident in its hero's hands. Pawel Pawlikowski's latest, "Cold War," follows a doomed romance over 15 years and across much of mid-century Europe in a mere 88 minutes. And you're telling me the guy who can swim fast is the superhero? In two...

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