Friday, July 19, 2019

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Thursday, Jul. 11, 2019
Review: Director Jon Favreau's "The Lion King"
Life moves in a circle, "The Lion King" tells us, and, increasingly, so does studio moviemaking. Close on the heels of "live-action" remakes of "Aladdin" and "Dumbo" and on the precipice of a reborn "The Little Mermaid," ''The Lion King" is back, too. Round and round we go. Cue Savannah sunrise...
Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2019
Filmmaker Lulu Wang Straddles East and West In "The Farewell"
Film director Lulu Wang knew her pitch for "The Farewell" was unconventional. She wanted to make an autobiographical drama about the time when, in 2013, her family learned that her grandmother in China, affectionately called Nai Nai, had stage 4 lung cancer and was given three months to live. The...
Monday, Jul. 8, 2019
Review: Director Lulu Wang's "The Farewell"
The premise behind writer and director Lulu Wang's wonderful film "The Farewell " might be a little hard to accept for some audiences. A family collectively decides not to tell their grandmother back that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer and has only three months to live. But wanting a...
Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2019
Review: Director Nick Broomfield's "Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love"
It's not exactly a hit parade, the songs that have been turned into movies. There was the shambling reconstruction of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant," the fizzy pop of "Earth Girls Are Easy," the Sandra Bullock rom-com "Love Potion No.9." But digging into a Leonard Cohen song, as the...
Friday, Jun. 28, 2019
Review: Director Jon Watts' "Spider-Man: Far From Home"
Peter Parker might be forgiven for craving a vacation as "Spider-Man: Far From Home" begins. After an emotional and strenuous last few movies with the Avengers, a break sounds nice. "I didn't think I had to save the world this summer," he complains. But, you know the drill: With great power comes...
Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019
Review: Director Danny Boyle's "Yesterday"
Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a soulful if brooding young man, with a very pleasant singing voice. But when we meet him, the fledgling songwriter and supermarket clerk from coastal England feels stuck in the middle of a hard day's night. If he doesn't get any help soon, he'll end up a real nowhere...
Monday, Jun. 24, 2019
Review: Director Alex Holmes' "Maiden" Documentary
Just over 30 years ago, a woman named Tracy Edwards had the idea to lead an all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. It wasn't exactly met with a groundswell of support, or any support, for that matter. The thing is, for a pastime that has so many feminine terms associated with...
Friday, Jun. 14, 2019
"Grace and Frankie" Creator Focused On What's Now and Next, Not Past "Friends"
Ask Marta Kauffman if there will be a "Friends" reunion someday, and the answer is a crisp "nope." Kauffman, who created the enduringly popular sitcom with David Crane and was an executive producer from start to finish, is focused on what's now and next, not what's past. She's moved on from the...
Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019
Review: Director Josh Cooley's "Toy Story 4"
It's futile to ask "why more" in the movie business, but it's hard not to go in a little suspicious of a fourth "Toy Story." The trilogy was so perfect. What more could we ask of Woody and Buzz? What more did we as an audience need? If we got another, would it live up to the unbridled joy and...
Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2019
Review: Director Tim Story's "Shaft"
The latest "Shaft ," which adds a new generation of bad mother------- to the mix, is not what you might expect. It's not gritty or raw or even attempting to be all that cool. Instead it maintains intoxicatingly upbeat sitcom-style energy, with gentrification jokes, generational jabs (mostly at the...

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