Wednesday, Sep. 8, 2021

Paul Schrader knows he has a limited number of films left, so whatever he does from here on out is going to be for himself.

At 75 years old, the writer of "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull" and director of "American Gigolo" and "Mishima" was even somewhat prepared to call it a day after his...

Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2021

The set-up of Tom McCarthy's "Stillwater" sounds very Liam Neeson. 

Matt Damon stars as a tough, terse Oklahoma father who travels to Marseille, France, to visit his jailed daughter (Abigail Breslin), who has been imprisoned for her role in a scandalous Amanda Knox-styled murder case....

Monday, Jun. 14, 2021

When the filmmaker Morgan Neville began making a documentary on Anthony Bourdain, the late chef and globe-trotting television host, one of the first things he did was comb through every song Bourdain had ever referenced. He came up with a playlist 18½ hours long and called it "Tony." 

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Friday, Mar. 26, 2021

Costume designer Alexandra Byrne earlier this month garnered an Oscar nomination, the sixth of her career, for Emma (Focus Features) which is based on Jame Austen’s classic novel of the same title. Emma marks the feature directorial debut of Autumn de Wilde and stars Anya...

Monday, Feb. 15, 2021

Robin Wright used to joke that her directorial debut had already been made. It was called "Blue Valentine," it starred Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling as a couple falling apart, it came out in 2010 and it was directed by Derek Cianfrance, not her. And she'd always assumed that hers would...

Thursday, Apr. 2, 2020

Even progressively minded movies about abortion have usually focused on the morality of the decision. Eliza Hittman wanted to make a film where the highest hurdle isn't deciding to have an abortion. It's getting it. 

"For me, it was about the obstacles. I think a lot of films focus on...

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019

Editor Wyatt Smith, ACE was finishing up director Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns when he got the chance to connect with filmmaker Kasi Lemmons. “I was coming off a big Disney film looking for a smaller character-driven drama,” recalled Smith who acknowledged that on the surface he...

Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019

The "Downton Abbey " movie isn't exactly a movie. It's more like another season of the popular "Masterpiece Classic" show that's been condensed to 90 minutes instead of 8 hours.

Written by series creator Julian Fellowes, almost every character who made it out of the six season run alive...

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019

We don't find out our protagonist's name for quite some time in "The Mustang," the feature debut of French writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre.

All we know at first is what we see and what Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts projects. A psychologist played by Connie Britton, in a...

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018

In 1979, a man named Ron Stallworth who was the first African-American police officer and detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department also became a card-carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan and the leader of the local chapter. He would send a white co-worker to play him for in-person...

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