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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...
Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2019
It's not exactly a hit parade, the songs that have been turned into movies. There was the shambling reconstruction of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant," the fizzy pop of "Earth Girls Are Easy," the Sandra Bullock rom-com "Love Potion No.9." But digging into a Leonard Cohen song, as the...
Friday, Jun. 28, 2019
Peter Parker might be forgiven for craving a vacation as "Spider-Man: Far From Home" begins. After an emotional and strenuous last few movies with the Avengers, a break sounds nice. "I didn't think I had to save the world this summer," he complains.
But, you know the drill: With great...
Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019
Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a soulful if brooding young man, with a very pleasant singing voice. But when we meet him, the fledgling songwriter and supermarket clerk from coastal England feels stuck in the middle of a hard day's night. If he doesn't get any help soon, he'll end up a real...
Monday, Jun. 24, 2019
Just over 30 years ago, a woman named Tracy Edwards had the idea to lead an all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. It wasn't exactly met with a groundswell of support, or any support, for that matter.
The thing is, for a pastime that has so many feminine terms...
Friday, Jun. 14, 2019
Ask Marta Kauffman if there will be a "Friends" reunion someday, and the answer is a crisp "nope."
Kauffman, who created the enduringly popular sitcom with David Crane and was an executive producer from start to finish, is focused on what's now and next, not what's past.
Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019
It's futile to ask "why more" in the movie business, but it's hard not to go in a little suspicious of a fourth "Toy Story." The trilogy was so perfect.
What more could we ask of Woody and Buzz? What more did we as an audience need? If we got another, would it live up to the unbridled joy...
Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2019
The latest "Shaft ," which adds a new generation of bad mother------- to the mix, is not what you might expect. It's not gritty or raw or even attempting to be all that cool. Instead it maintains intoxicatingly upbeat sitcom-style energy, with gentrification jokes, generational jabs (mostly at...
Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2019
Would any fictional gadget be more coveted by Hollywood executives than the memory-erasing "Men in Black" neuralyzer? Imagine the lucrative benefits of being able to, with a single flash, make moviegoers forget the film they just saw. Franchises would be endlessly renewable. IP could last...