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Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019
Review: Director Jay Roach's "Bombshell"
It's probably a testament to the makeup artists of Jay Roach's Fox News docudrama "Bombshell" that the movie opens with a disclaimer announcing that the people depicted within are played by actors. Films don't ordinarily require a heads up that that's, you know, Charlize Theron. But "Bombshell" is...
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019
Review: Josh and Benny Safdie's "Uncut Gems"
By now, we shouldn't be too surprised by this cultural contradiction known as Adam Sandler. It's obvious that Sandler, the actor, is capable of extraordinary range — not in the traditional, Meryl Streep sense, but a range of incredibly good ("Punch-Drunk Love") to painfully bad (the horrendous "...
Friday, Dec. 13, 2019
Review: Director Terrence Malick's "A Hidden Life"
Terrence Malick's "A Hidden Life" resides above the clouds in a small Alpine hamlet. Franz Jägerstätter lives there, in Austria, with his wife, Franziska, and their young daughters. They spend their days working and playing in the hillside fields, enraptured by their humble mountain idyll. The...
Friday, Dec. 13, 2019
Agency of the Year: Droga5 Exhibits A Painterly Touch
While SHOOT is recognizing Droga5 as its Agency of the Year for 2019, a piece of work unveiled two years ago perhaps best reflects the shop’s creative heart today, shedding light on a dynamic that continues to contribute substantively to a long run of stellar work. We go back to the 2018 Cannes...
Friday, Dec. 13, 2019
The Yin and Yang of 2019; Year-End Agency Survey
While this retrospective doesn't mark the Chinese New Year, a page from that culture may help to put our calendar year 2019 into perspective. “Yin and yang” reflects a universe governed by a cosmic duality, sets of two opposing and complementing principles or energies that can be observed in nature...
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019
Review: Clint Eastwood's "Richard Jewell"
"Richard Jewell" is a typically strong late-period Clint Eastwood docudrama that balances grand American themes while captivatingly dramatizing the villainization of the Atlanta Olympics bombing hero, only to needlessly tarnish itself with a wanton and unfounded depiction of a female journalist at...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019
Review: Director Fernando Meirelles' " The Two Popes"
Believers of all religions can agree on one thing: the Vatican is an unlikely place for a bromance. The novelty of Fernando Meirelles' "The Two Popes" is right there in its title. There has only been one leader of the Roman Catholic Church going back centuries except in trying times of, you know,...
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019
Review: Director Melina Matsoukas' Feature Debut, "Queen & Slim"
Rarely has a Tinder date ended so poorly than the one shown in "Queen & Slim." Even more rarely has a bad Tinder date produced such a great film. The remarkable "Queen & Slim" is a romance and a road movie, a film about outlaws on the run, two journeys of self-discovery and a nuanced social...
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019
Review: Writer-Director Rian Johnson's "Knives Out"
Rian Johnson's "Knives Out" unravels not just a good old-fashioned murder mystery but the very fabric of the whodunit, pulling at loose threads until it has intricately, devilishly woven together something new and exceedingly delightful. For all the detective tales that dot television screens, the...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Review: Director Todd Haynes' "Dark Waters"
Todd Haynes' "Dark Waters," about the prolonged (and ongoing) legal fight to uncover the environmental damage of cancer-inducing "forever chemicals" and hold their corporate makers accountable, is a sober and ominous docudrama. On its surface, it's an unspectacular one. Its lead character, a...

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