Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

Cops might do well to position their speed traps near movie theaters wherever the new film "Ford v Ferrari" is playing. They might fund their whole year's budget busting speeders peeling out of the parking lots.

This infectious and engrossing story of the 1966 showdown on a French...

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Noah Baumbach is a keen observer of life's banalities. His films relish in the strange and wonderful and awkward things people say and do in the course of the day. But his real magic is turning ordinariness into cinema.

He can take that feeling of post-graduate paralysis or middle-age...

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

"Honey Boy" will break your heart.

It hardly matters if you've never given a second thought to the circumstances of Shia LaBeouf's life, his childhood or his rocky early adult years. But this is the kind of universally moving work that can only emerge from something immensely specific and...

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019

Ellen Burstyn hoped her Oscar-winning performance in the 1974 film in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" would lead to more Hollywood stories told from a woman's perspective.

It didn't happen quickly, but over the past couple of years there's been an increase in female-driven films and...

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019

Legendary American heroine that she is, there are certain things for which Harriet Tubman is overdue. One is her spot on U.S. currency: Google "Tubman" and "$20" and "Trump." Another is a major feature film based on her life: Google "Tubman" and "Hollywood" and "why so long?"

Well, that $...

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019

Jonathan Lethem's novel about a private eye with Tourette's syndrome, "Motherless Brooklyn," starts with a brilliant burst of uncontrolled profanity and an explanation of its protagonist's condition.

"Words rush out of the cornucopia of my brain to course over the surface of the world,...

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019

The runtime is the most boring aspect of Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman " to dwell on.

There is no question that three hours and 28 minutes qualifies as a long movie. And in a landscape where some films can make two hours seem bloated and overindulgent, it's at least understandable why...

Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

SHOOT’s fall ensemble of up-and-coming directors includes a Short Subject Documentary Oscar winner who recently landed her first production company roost for commercials and branded content.

Also in the mix is a directorial duo whose first feature film won the SXSW Narrative...

Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

One DP had a gratifying experience working on Alma Har’el’s first narrative feature film, feeling simpatico with the director’s visceral and poetic approach.

Another cinematographer was drawn to the prospect of lensing an old-school cop film, adding to a recent flurry of work which marked...

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019

"Oh good, another Hitler comedy! It's been too long," said no studio development executive, ever.

But of course, absurd as the idea may seem, some attempts to wring humor from the horrors of Nazi Germany have stood the test of time: Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator," Ernst Lubitsch's...

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