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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...
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
Enter "The Lighthouse " at your own risk.
This is a stark, moody, surreal and prolonged descent into seaside madness that will surely not be for everyone. But those who do choose to go on this black-and-white journey with Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe will ultimately find it a...
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019
For a moment, "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" seems poised to turn into a wonderful take on "Father of the Bride" only with fangs and wings.
Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), the beauty who escaped the curse of sleep, merrily accepts the proposal of Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson), a...
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019
Bong Joon-ho's film "Parasite" starts in a dingy, half-basement apartment with a family of four barely able to scratch out a life. There must be no place to go but up, right? Yes and no. There's nothing predictable when the South Korean director is on his game.
This dark, socially...
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019
“Don’t get that storyteller look,” film director Salvador Mallo’s elderly mother admonishes him at one point in “Pain and Glory.” It’s hard not to chuckle, because the character is a thinly veiled stand-in for Pedro Almodovar himself _ the film’s director, of course, but also one of the great...
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019
The words "inspired by real events" are some of the first you see on screen in "Lucy in the Sky ." But that loose tie to reality becomes more of a noose than a help for the story that director Noah Hawley is trying to tell.
Hawley and screenwriters Elliott DiGuiseppi and Brian C. Brown...
Monday, Sep. 30, 2019
For the amount of cursing, vulgarity and nudity in "Dolemite Is My Name," it might come as a surprise that it's actually a rather sweet and heartfelt film. "Dolemite" is not here to shock and scandalize. It's simply a loving, R-rated portrait of Rudy Ray Moore, a nobody who had the guts to...
Friday, Sep. 27, 2019
Forest Whitaker plays a real-life crime boss in Epix's new drama series "Godfather of Harlem" with the commanding intensity expected from him. What's less expected is the movie musical he filmed in London this summer, a U-turn for the actor who started out a singer.
"Jingle Jangle," a...
Thursday, Sep. 26, 2019
"Abominable" is just about the most cuddly piece of East-West synergy a corporation could dream up.
The first co-production between DreamWorks Animation and the Shanghai-based Pearl Studios (formerly known as Oriental DreamWorks), "Abominable" is a rare kind of creature but the sort we're...
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2019
Renée Zellweger is so undeniably perfect as Judy Garland that it almost makes up for the shortcomings of the film around it. "Judy " is itself a fine and imperfect look at some of Garland's last years of life, but it really should have been something transcendent — Zellweger's performance...