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Thursday, May. 23, 2019
The insanely winning "Booksmart" boasts too many breakthroughs to count. There are the two leads, Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, both of whom we've seen before but not like this. There is the director, Olivia Wilde, whose debut behind the camera is remarkably assured. And then there is the...
Friday, Dec. 21, 2018
A different Nicole Kidman stares out at us under the harsh Los Angeles sun of the neo-noir "Destroyer."
The actress who famously donned a prosthetic nose for "The Hours" has here gone to greater and grittier lengths of transformation. Her eyes are sunken. Her skin is hardened. Her stare...
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
"Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street...whether in Jackson, Mississippi, or in Harlem, New York," reads the title card that begins director Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk ."
The quote is from a 1974 James Baldwin novel, which Jenkins has adapted himself...
Monday, Jul. 2, 2018
Writer and director Boots Riley's crackling first film "Sorry to Bother You " may just be the craziest movie of the year. Fierce, provocative and bold, it's a challenging social statement about race and capitalism wrapped in a colorful, magical realist coating that will leave your head spinning...
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Detroit (Annapurna Pictures) marked a reunion for cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, BSC and director Kathryn Bigelow. They first teamed on The Hurt Locker for which Bigelow won the Best Director Oscar as well as a DGA Award in 2010. The film also garnered Ackroyd a Best...
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017
A strong bond and sense of purpose brought an extra sense of urgency to the making of director Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit (Annapurna Pictures). That was the consensus of four key contributors to the film--editor Harry Yoon, production designer Jeremy Hindle, sound designer/supervising...
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2017
There is no nice or pretty way to tell a story about the systemic oppression and mistreatment of black people in the United States. It's fitting then that Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit ," an account of the murders of three unarmed black men that took place in the Algiers Motel in late July 1967, is...