Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

Director Joe Berlinger is no stranger to Sundance. He has over the years debuted six lauded documentaries there, the last being WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger in 2014. The first was back in ‘92 when he and colleague Bruce Sinofsky’s Brother’s Keeper won the...

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

Paul Lambert, visual effects supervisor at Double Negative (DNEG), last month earned his second Best Visual Effects Oscar nomination. It came for First Man (Universal Pictures), a year after he won the Academy Award for Blade Runner 2049.

As VFX supervisor on First...

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

There are few more seductive things to watch onscreen than a big, wine-soaked, multi-generational family wedding like the one that happens early in "Everybody Knows," Asghar Farhadi's new thriller set in a picturesque Spanish village.

But as good as Farhadi is at portraying the infectious...

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019

The art installation, so often a playground in the contemporary art museum, is in Dan Gilroy's gloriously gory satire "Velvet Buzzsaw" a terror chamber. Interactivity is involuntary.

"Velvet Buzzsaw ," which opens on the Art Basel Miami Beach fair, assembles a glittering gallery of art-...

Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

The premise for "Arctic " is so simple it's almost silly to describe: Stranded man tries to survive. It's also been done more than a few times in movies, so it's understandable if hearing that invokes a yawn. And yet with barely any dialogue, traditional storytelling methods or even a cute pet...

Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

"The LEGO Movie" is a hard act to follow. Its world was so fresh and vibrant and unexpected, it's no wonder that it spawned a number of spinoffs of varying quality. But the big test was always going to be the sequel and whether or not it could recreate the magic of the first. And I'm pleased to...

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Director Peter Jackson is upfront about what audiences should not expect from his unconventional World War I documentary, "They Shall Not Grow Old." This is a film made by a non-historian for an audience of non-historians, he says. There are no dates, names or locations. Neither are there any...

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019

In retrospect, it's actually kind of surprising that there hasn't been an escape room-themed horror movie until now. The popular interactive mystery games are kind of mini films. There's a built-in set, stakes, opportunities for conflict and teamwork and a logical start and finish. It's...

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019

Eighteen years ago, a man named Mark Hogencamp was brutally beaten by five men outside of a bar in Kingston, New York. The assault put him in a coma for over a week and left him with permanent brain damage and little memory of his previous life. To cope, he constructed an elaborate miniature...

Monday, Dec. 24, 2018

There are lot of movies in theaters right now trying to grab your attention, and dollars, from big superhero spectacles and musical extravaganzas to awards darlings and wannabes.  It's easy to get overwhelmed with the options in the multiplex (and, frankly, at home) and when something like, say...

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