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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...
Monday, Jun. 25, 2018
Morgan Neville is a lauded filmmaker whose 20 Feet From Stardom won the Best Feature Documentary Oscar in 2014 and the Best Music Film Grammy the following year, among assorted other honors. 20 Feet was nominated for the Sundance Film Festival’s Documentary Grand Jury Prize, as...
Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2018
So accustomed are we to the downfall and disgrace of men that a marvelous sense of its absence propels the rich and glowing documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Fifty years after he made his public television debut, Fred Rogers remains aloft: a pure and gentle soul never befallen by scandal,...
Wednesday, May. 2, 2018
The title character of Jason Reitman's "Tully" descends not from the clouds, carried by an umbrella in the wind, but glides cheerfully through the front door on a black night. She arrives just as Marlo (Charlize Theron), the mother of two plus an unplanned-for newborn, is reaching the limits of...
Monday, Oct. 31, 2016
With some embarrassment, director/writer Jeff Nichols admits that he wasn’t at all familiar with the story of Mildred and Richard Loving whose interracial marriage got them jailed and exiled from Virginia in 1958. The couple persevered, became parents and eventually lived in hiding in Virginia,...
Monday, Jun. 1, 2015
Virtual reality is creeping into our world.
Once seen as a tool for alien-blasting gamers, movie studios, television producers and artists are now adopting the technology, which immerses people in faraway realms using bulky goggles, house-sized domes...