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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...
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018
If you simply can't get enough Ruth Bader Ginsburg, these last few years have been glorious — a Tumblr account, T-shirts and totes with her face, "Saturday Night Live" parodies, a workout book and a CNN documentary. This year — marking the Notorious R.B.G.'s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court...
Friday, Dec. 21, 2018
A different Nicole Kidman stares out at us under the harsh Los Angeles sun of the neo-noir "Destroyer."
The actress who famously donned a prosthetic nose for "The Hours" has here gone to greater and grittier lengths of transformation. Her eyes are sunken. Her skin is hardened. Her stare...
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018
Blow your nose, and you'll miss the split-second shot of a younger Donald Trump in "Vice," Adam McKay's exhaustingly entertaining (and entertainingly exhausting) Dick Cheney movie.
But make no mistake: the filmmaker wants us to be thinking about Trump. What he's telling us — implicitly,...
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018
It took "Aquaman" two and a half hours just to put a fancy trident in its hero's hands. Pawel Pawlikowski's latest, "Cold War," follows a doomed romance over 15 years and across much of mid-century Europe in a mere 88 minutes. And you're telling me the guy who can swim fast is the superhero?...
Monday, Dec. 17, 2018
The "Transformers" movie universe has lately been leaky and rusted out. It's become shorthand for bad blockbuster moviemaking — male-driven, mindless spectaculars with sophomoric humor. How can it be saved? Just hand the keys over to some talented women.
"Bumblebee," the sixth film in the...
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
Though it’s not BBDO New York’s most heralded spot of 2018, American Family Insurance’s “Road Trip” is worthwhile in its own right while at the same time eloquently capturing the spirit behind the stellar creative which earned the shop distinction as SHOOT’s Agency of the Year.
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
Both tender apologia and vigorous justification, Clint Eastwood's "The Mule" is a deeply, fascinatingly personal meditation from the 88-year-old director who, like his aged drug mule protagonist, has spent a long time on the road.
"The Mule" is the indefatigable Eastwood's second film...