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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...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
Review: "Boys State" From Directors Moss and McBaine, A24, Apple TV+
Teenage political junkies at a leadership conference doesn't seem like the most riveting subject matter for a documentary. As a product of teenage leadership conferences, I assumed that at best, maybe, it could be fodder for a black comedy. But the new documentary " Boys State " convinced me...
Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Cinematographers & Cameras: Lensing Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods" For Netflix, Amazon's "Hanna"
One DP reunited with consummate filmmaker Spike Lee, expanding their collaborative relationship from short to long-form fare. Another took on the second season of a show--not always a coveted proposition--but saw major creative opportunity which as it turns out came to fruition. Here are insights...
Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Film Commission Survey: Production Prospects and The Pandemic
“Location, location, location.” This proverbial mantra for buying real estate also applies to the state of filming during a pandemic. So much depends on where you are--and whether rates of COVID-19 infections are high, have flattened or even better are on a downward curve. Public health and safety...
Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Mid-year Report Card: Adapting, Responding To A Pandemic and An Epidemic
In assessing 2020 thus far, ad agency creative directors, executives and heads of production expressed profound concern over--and cited actions taken to address--the COVID-19 pandemic and the racism epidemic that are front and center in the public consciousness. As coronavirus infection and death...
Friday, Jul. 31, 2020
Review: Beyoncé's "Black Is King" Debuts On Disney+
King Beyoncé's new film takes you on a journey of Black art, music, history and fashion as the superstar transports you to Africa to tell the story of a young man in search of his crown, matched to epic songs she created while inspired by "The Lion King." The voyage feels even more special during...

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