Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

Ladj Ly's muscular police procedural "Les Miserables" is much leaner than Victor Hugo's sprawling novel and shares little with it besides a suburban Paris setting. But they're united in their sympathy for — and belief in the formidable power of — the underclass. 

"Les Miserables," France'...

Monday, Dec. 23, 2019

It's been a good time for World War I buffs — especially if they're also movie buffs. A year ago director Peter Jackson applied state-of-the-art technology to century-old war footage to bring the Great War alive with sudden, stunning immediacy in his documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old."...

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019

There's apparently enough groundbreaking technology used in "Cats" for NASA to send a rocket to unexplored parts of the universe — perhaps to a far-off planet where cats sing, dance on two legs, and recite T.S. Eliot poetry in half-Cockney accents.

But let's forget the much-discussed "...

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019

Not much has caused a disturbance in the "Star Wars" galaxy quite like Rian Johnson's "The Last Jedi," an erratic but electric movie that, regardless of how you felt about it, was something worth arguing about. The same can't be said for J. J. Abrams' "Rise of Skywalker," a scattershot,...

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

There is a wild urgency to Greta Gerwig's "Little Women" that hardly seems possible for a film based on a 150-year-old book. But such is the magic of combining Louisa May Alcott's enduring story of those four sisters with Gerwig's deliciously feisty, evocative and clear-eyed storytelling that...

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019

It's probably a testament to the makeup artists of Jay Roach's Fox News docudrama "Bombshell" that the movie opens with a disclaimer announcing that the people depicted within are played by actors. Films don't ordinarily require a heads up that that's, you know, Charlize Theron.

But "...

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019

By now, we shouldn't be too surprised by this cultural contradiction known as Adam Sandler. 

It's obvious that Sandler, the actor, is capable of extraordinary range — not in the traditional, Meryl Streep sense, but a range of incredibly good ("Punch-Drunk Love") to painfully bad (the...

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

Terrence Malick's "A Hidden Life" resides above the clouds in a small Alpine hamlet.

Franz Jägerstätter lives there, in Austria, with his wife, Franziska, and their young daughters. They spend their days working and playing in the hillside fields, enraptured by their humble mountain idyll...

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

While SHOOT is recognizing Droga5 as its Agency of the Year for 2019, a piece of work unveiled two years ago perhaps best reflects the shop’s creative heart today, shedding light on a dynamic that continues to contribute substantively to a long run of stellar work. We go back to the...

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

While this retrospective doesn't mark the Chinese New Year, a page from that culture may help to put our calendar year 2019 into perspective. “Yin and yang” reflects a universe governed by a cosmic duality, sets of two opposing and complementing principles or energies that can be observed in...

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