Sunday, November 18, 2018

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Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
Review: Director Marielle Heller's "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"
The early 1990s New York of Marielle Heller's "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" isn't so long ago but it already feels staggeringly distant. It's a New York of publishing industry cocktail parties, of book stores, lots of them, and of scheming, foul-mouthed eccentrics. Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) and...
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
Review: Director George Tillman Jr.'s "The Hate U Give"
"The Hate U Give " begins with a scene at the family dinner table where a father is giving his young kids "the talk" — the one in which he explains to his 9-year-old daughter, Starr, and toddler son exactly what to do when they're pulled over by a police officer. Hands on the dashboard. No sudden...
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
Review: Director Damien Chazelle's "First Man"
Nearly a half-century has passed since the majestic moment when Neil Armstrong stepped carefully onto the lunar landscape, left foot first, taking that giant leap for mankind. Whether you were alive then and glued to the TV, or relived it later through that iconic, grainy NASA footage, what you...
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
Review: Felix Van Groeningen's "Beautiful Boy"
Relapse is part of recovery. That's what one doctor in "Beautiful Boy " tells David Sheff (Steve Carell), the distraught father of a teenage son, Nic (Timothee Chalamet), who has been dabbling in alcohol, weed, cocaine, heroin and crystal meth, and has become an addict. He disappears for nights on...
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
Review: Drew Goddard's "Bad Times at the El Royale"
Drew Goddard, the screenwriter-turned-director whose feature debut was the meta-horror film "A Cabin in the Woods," has laid another movie trap. This time, in the pulpy but artificial thriller "Bad Times at the El Royale," it's a motel. And as anyone who has ever watched a movie knows, bad things...
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
Art, Activism Come Together For Amandla Stenberg In "The Hate U Give"
Actress Amandla Stenberg was named after a 1989 Miles Davis album — a lush, African-tinged funk fusion that takes its name from the Zulu and Xhosa word for "power." In South Africa under apartheid, "amandla" was — and still is — a rallying cry against oppression. It's a lot for Stenberg to live up...
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
Review: Director Paul Greengrass' "22 July"
Anders Behring Breivik probably thinks "22 July " is about him. He's the violent narcissist whose actions are at the heart of the film, but Breivik is really the enigma in its center. No, "22 July" is about everyone other than Breivik — and that is a remarkable cinematic feat. This powerful, must-...
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
Review: Bradley Cooper Makes Directorial Debut With "A Star Is Born"
It's hard not to go into "A Star Is Born " without a lot of prejudgments. Even if you haven't seen the other three versions, the mere fact that they exist, and with such formidable talent, is enough to make anyone scoff at the fact that Hollywood keeps dusting off this well-worn story about fame...
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Review: Director Tamara Jenkins' "Private Life"
The three things most couples fight about are said to be sex, money and kids. Tamara Jenkins has managed to up the ante for one stressed-out husband and wife by combining all of them in her latest movie. "Private Life " is a deeply personal — perhaps even invasive — look at the challenges facing...
Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018
Review: Director Wash Westmoreland's "Colette"
Wash Westmoreland's "Colette" is a very British movie about a very French feminist icon. A handsome and lively period film, it's too timid to capture the ravenous appetites of the literary force that was Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. But with Keira Knightley playing the prolific and trailblazing...

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