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Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2019
Film director Lulu Wang knew her pitch for "The Farewell" was unconventional.
She wanted to make an autobiographical drama about the time when, in 2013, her family learned that her grandmother in China, affectionately called Nai Nai, had stage 4 lung cancer and was given three months to...
Monday, Jul. 8, 2019
The premise behind writer and director Lulu Wang's wonderful film "The Farewell " might be a little hard to accept for some audiences. A family collectively decides not to tell their grandmother back that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer and has only three months to live. But wanting a...
Sunday, Jun. 9, 2019
Actor Jimmie Fails draws from his own story in his portrayal of a young black man navigating a shifting racial landscape in "The Last Black Man in San Francisco." His tale is a familiar one in affluent U.S. cities.
Like his character, Fails is a third-generation San Franciscan whose...
Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2019
"The Last Black Man in San Francisco " is deeply, even spiritually, connected to its home city, but Joe Talbot's film resides in such a dreamy, plaintive register that it feels like a broader lament for the displaced. It's an unrequited love story for an out-of-reach America.
Friday, Apr. 12, 2019
Claire Denis was guiding Robert Pattinson through a black hole.
The two were on a sound stage in Cologne, Germany, shooting a scene from Denis' space oddity "High Life," while the revered French filmmaker called out descriptions ("Now it splits into a pancake!") of the time-warping...
Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019
French filmmaker Claire Denis, one of the great living directors, has not lost her edge as she's coasted into her 70s. Her latest film, "High Life," which debuted last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival and is now making it to theaters, is as stimulating and challenging as anything...
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
A year after Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird" comes another actor-turned-director's memory-inspired California-set coming-of-age tale from the boutique film studio A24. This time, the time period has been dialed back a few years (from the early '00s to the mid-'90s), Dave Mathews Band has been traded...
Friday, Jul. 13, 2018
An awkward middle school girl might be the last subject one would expect a 27-year-old male comedian to spotlight in his directorial debut, "Eighth Grade," but Bo Burnham has never exactly followed a script.
Burnham made a name for himself as a teenage YouTube star, which turned into a...
Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2018
The first thing writer-director Ari Aster felt after "Hereditary's" midnight premiere at the Sundance Film Festival was relief that people didn't hate it. Then headlines started popping up in the early hours of the morning declaring that the film had restored faith in the genre, that it was the...
Wednesday, May. 16, 2018
Usually by now, the prolific filmmaker and legendary screenwriter Paul Schrader is already on to the next one.
But after finishing the religious thriller "First Reformed," which has been hailed as Schrader's late-life masterpiece, the 71-year-old filmmaker is taking a breather. "I've just...