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Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2019
"Be yourself" is a loaded idea for any 17-year-old, but especially for one Luce (pronounced "loose") Edgar, the title character of director Julius Onah's riveting adaptation of JC Lee's play "Luce ."
In this simmering drama, complex themes of race, privilege, youth, family and parenting...
Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2019
Thinking about finally getting off of Facebook? "The Great Hack ," a new documentary on Netflix, might just be the push you were looking for. At the very least, you'll probably never take another online personality test. It's meant to scare and influence you, and probably even for good reason —...
Monday, Jul. 22, 2019
Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Ku Klux Klan leader Eldon Edwards. Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand, Shirley MacLaine, Eleanor Roosevelt.
If they were famous — or infamous — they likely sat across from newsman Mike Wallace at some point during his seven-decade career. And he...
Monday, Jul. 22, 2019
Quentin Tarantino has, for a while now, been reminding us what's so great about movies — or at least, what he thinks is so great about them.
He's made an old-fashioned double-feature ("Death Proof," of "Grindhouse"), resurrected the wide-screen format of 70mm Ultra Panavision ("The...
Thursday, Jul. 11, 2019
Life moves in a circle, "The Lion King" tells us, and, increasingly, so does studio moviemaking.
Close on the heels of "live-action" remakes of "Aladdin" and "Dumbo" and on the precipice of a reborn "The Little Mermaid," ''The Lion King" is back, too. Round and round we go. Cue Savannah...
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...