Saturday, December 15, 2018

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Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Review: Director Alex Garland's "Annihilation"
"The Shimmer" is the name given to the mysterious phenomenon that, after a meteor strike, settles along a swampy coastline in Alex Garland's "Annihilation." It's an area enclosed by a fluid, translucent wall bathed in an eerie rainbow glimmer. The Shimmer's steady expansion threatens to swallow...
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Review: Directors Daley, Goldstein Team On "Game Night"
A murder mystery party goes sideways when violent kidnappers arrive before the fake ones in "Game Night ," which seems on the page to be like all the other disappointing action-comedies of late. You know the kind, where ordinary, upper middle class-ish suburbanites get thrown into some wacky...
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Review: Director Sally Potter's "The Party"
Sally Potter's new film "The Party " is 71 minutes long. That fact alone shouldn't necessarily be a selling point — stories need as long as they need — but when superhero movies and comedies regularly extend well past the two-hour mark, it's hard not to appreciate the restraint. And it is a rich...
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Review: Director Mark Pellington's "Nostalgia" 
One of the first images in the film "Nostalgia" is of an heirloom necklace dangling on the neck of a diner waitress. One of the last images is of a massive puffy cloud, ever shifting in the wide sky. Between these symbols of permanence and flux is a deeply meditative movie about time, loss and the...
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...

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