Tuesday, Sep. 21, 2021

"Everybody's Talking About Jamie," a predictable and glossy "Billy Elliot"-like musical of British working-class aspiration that's nevertheless a joy, is the kind of movie that might have once been made about the trials of coming out as a young gay man. 

But such hurdles are already well...

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

Phyllida Lloyd's "Herself," an Irish drama of spousal abuse set against Dublin's housing crisis, has some narrative weak spots but its foundation of resilience and heart is strong. 

Previous forays into film by Lloyd, a veteran theater director, have been more elaborate, starrier affairs...

Thursday, May. 28, 2020

"The Vast of Night," a micro-budget noir set in 1950s New Mexico, crackles with B-movie electricity. 

The film is one of those little miracles: a directorial debut, made for nothing, that establishes a young filmmaker of self-evident command. With atmosphere and cunning, director Andrew...

Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020

Due to concerns over the coronavirus, Amazon Studios is among the latest companies to pull out of attending the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, which is scheduled to begin March 13. This comes on the heels of such firms as Facebook, TikTok, Intel, Twitter, Vevo and Mashable...

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

While his body of work is quite diverse, cinematographer Eigil Bryld has built within that a bit of a niche in politically charged stories as reflected in his Emmy-winning effort on Netflix’s House of Cards, his recent turn lensing the HBO limited series The Loudest Voice ...

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019

The unredacted Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's detention and enhanced interrogation program runs approximately 6,700 pages and includes some 38,000 footnotes. It doesn't exactly scream Hollywood.

But from an early stage, writer-director Scott Z. Burns was drawn to the...

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019

Getting in shape and putting your life together usually, at the movies, passes in a montage. But for many, the non-Rocky legions of us, such transformations require more than inspiring theme music and lifting weights in the snow. And for the Brittany (Jillian Bell) of "Brittany Runs a Marathon...

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

In its third major buy of the Sundance Film Festival, Amazon Studios has acquired the world rights for the inspirational comedy "Brittany Runs a Marathon " for $14 million.

Deadline first reported the news of the acquisition Wednesday.

The film stars Jillian Bell as an aimless 20-...

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

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...

Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

Macabre is a word often associated with the late cartoonist John Callahan. He's the man who in his widely published cartoons, drawn in his signature squiggly style, poked fun at lesbians, Chinese people, the handicapped, women, Oprah, Alzheimer's patients, chiropractors and even sexual...

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