Sunday, May 27, 2018

Features

Friday, May. 18, 2018

“Break a leg” is theatrical slang for good luck. But there’s more than luck involved in breaking successfully into the industry and evolving into a working producer and/or director.

Each step along the way is a challenge—one we hope to make a little easier through career advice offered by...

Wednesday, May. 16, 2018

If there's one takeaway from "Solo: A Star Wars Story ," it's that our favorite scoundrel had been through a lot before he ever met up with Luke, Obi-Wan and Leia.

Sure, he'd talked up his Kessel Run time and out-maneuvering Imperial ships, but this film contains at least three epic set-...

Tuesday, May. 15, 2018

At a recent screening of "Deadpool 2," the audience didn't get up when the end credits came up, patiently sitting through the scrolling names of visual effects supervisors and lighting specialists. Real "Deadpool" fans know to stick around until the ushers toss them out.

That's because...

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...

Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018

There's a scene at the end of the Netflix documentary about controversial figure Rachel Dolezal when she enters a DMV and comes out a few minutes later with a new name. "A new start," she says. The whole process seems painless and courteous. If only she could change other parts of her identity...

Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018

After 10 years of lean, threadbare, Lilliputian tales, Marvel Studios has, thank heavens, finally decided to go big.

The scale of "Avengers: Infinity War," of course, isn't a departure for Marvel. It's an apotheosis. But is it possible to supersize what is already colossal? "Infinity War...

Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018

If you've ever walked into a store and were embarrassed to tell the salesperson your real size, or entered the gym locker room and wanted to hide, you're part of the target audience for Amy Schumer's "I Feel Pretty." Whatever age or gender you happen to be.

Self-esteem issues related to...

Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018

Let's begin this review of "Borg Vs. McEnroe" with a huge spoiler alert. The final score of the 1980 Wimbledon men's final between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, which takes up the climactic last third of the movie, was 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6. It's not a secret, really. And, in the end, it doesn'...

Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018

Cinema might have a worthy successor to early Terrence Malick in Chloe Zhao, whose second feature "The Rider " is a spiritual and poetic journey into the fading world of the Lakota cowboy, starring the real people who inspired her film.

As in her first, the beautiful "Songs My Brothers...

Friday, Apr. 6, 2018

There is painfully little love, except for the warm and compassionate filmmaking itself, in Andrew Haigh's tender and heartbreaking coming-of-age drama "Lean on Pete."

In his first American film, Haigh, the British director of "45 Years" and "Weekend," proves every bit as adept at...