Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018
Review: Director Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time"
Go ahead, pick your favorite young, villain-vanquishing fantasy heroine. Meg Murry probably came first. Katniss Everdeen? She arrived in 2001. Hermione Granger? That was 1997. Elphaba, the green girl from "Wicked"? 2003. But Meg, the reluctant, bespectacled heroine of Madeleine L'Engle's classic "A...
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Review: Director Samuel Maoz's "Foxtrot"
Watching the Israeli film "Foxtrot " is like watching a dream play out. Writer-director Samuel Maoz's ("Lebanon") excellent film is of course more structured than the average dream (or nightmare), with themes and Greek tragedy twists that are expertly crafted to test the heart, but there is a...
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Review: Director Francis Lawrence's "Red Sparrow"
In the James Bond films, sex with a globe-trotting spy seems to be fun, fun, fun. A martini, a tuxedo, a witty line or two and then it's off to a luxurious bed with two tanned, muscular bodies. Not so in the new thriller "Red Sparrow ," where the sex is cold, ugly and often violent. This dark,...
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Script Scrutiny Vital To Tracy Letts, Known For Supporting Roles in "Lady Bird," "The Post" 
If you want to get Tracy Letts in your movie — and that might be a good idea since he has two up for best picture at the Oscars — you'd better proofread the script before you send it. Letts, who has supporting roles in "Lady Bird" and "The Post," is also a Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning...
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...

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