Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
Review: Documentary "The Final Year" From Director Greg Barker
Greg Barker had assembled nearly all his footage for "The Final Year," a behind-the-scenes look at President Barack Obama's globe-trotting foreign policy team, when something unexpected happened — so unexpected that it left its main characters literally speechless. Donald Trump was elected...
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
Review: Director Nicolai Fuglsig's "12 Strong" 
In the days and months following the Sept. 11 attacks, a small U.S. Special Forces unit led an offensive against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. They worked in harsh conditions alongside a local warlord and his men, an uneasy alliance at best, and, even with all the technology and money of...
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Review: Director Paul King's "Paddington 2"
"Paddington 2 " is that rare creation that somehow improves on its already charming predecessor. Maybe it's the addition of Hugh Grant as a lunatic faded star desperate for some cash to get his one man show going, Brendan Gleeson as a moody prison chef named Knuckles McGinty, a totally random dance...
Friday, Jan. 5, 2018
Review: Germany's Foreign Language Oscar Entry "In the Fade"
It's startling how few filmmakers have tried to tackle terrorism with anything beyond a standard procedural account. It's less surprising that one of the few to really grapple with a response is Fatih Akin, the German-born filmmaker of Turkish descent, whose thorny, probing dramas traverse borders...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
Saoirse Ronan Comes of Age In Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird"
Saoirse Ronan is eyeing the lobster salad at Spago in Beverly Hills and has a difficult decision to make regarding cherry tomatoes. She doesn't like them, but she also doesn't like asking for special accommodations. "It's so Irish," Ronan explains. "In Ireland you feel so guilty for requesting...
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
Review: Aaron Sorkin's Directorial Debut, "Molly's Game"
Aaron Sorkin has a knack for timing, and not just in the obvious way. The Oscar-winning writer of "The Social Network," ''Moneyball" and other fast-talking, crackling scripts has been celebrated for his mile-a-minute wordplay. But he's also been criticized for not exactly featuring complex, strong...
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
Review: Director Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread"
With echoes of "Rebecca" and lavish Max Ophuls productions, writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson spins the tale of an obsessive fashion designer and his muse into a suspenseful and often funny parlor drama with all the trimmings in "Phantom Thread ." Anderson is revered for his grand stage...
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
Review: Director Alexander Payne's "Downsizing"
It's hard to say what's better about the first half of Alexander Payne's wonderfully weird — or is it weirdly wonderful? — "Downsizing": the audacity of its premise, or the delicious skill with which Payne executes that premise, detail by comically ingenious detail. The fact that the film shifts...
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
Review: Director Paul McGuigan's "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool"
Annette Bening gives Gloria Grahame a nobility rarely shown to faded Hollywood actresses in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," a tender if generic portrait of aged glamour. Based on the 1986 memoir by Peter Turner, Paul McGuigan's film joins the dubious movie genre about close encounters with...
Friday, Dec. 22, 2017
SHOOT's Picks For The Best Work of 2017
With Father Time about to move from 2017 to 2018, it’s time for reflection on varied fronts, including assessing what work was among the year’s most worthwhile creatively. Determining any year’s “best” is a highly subjective, problematic proposition so SHOOT staffers looked to at least narrow the...