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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...
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019
The "Downton Abbey " movie isn't exactly a movie. It's more like another season of the popular "Masterpiece Classic" show that's been condensed to 90 minutes instead of 8 hours.
Written by series creator Julian Fellowes, almost every character who made it out of the six season run alive...
Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019
Everything is beautiful in John Crowley's adaptation of "The Goldfinch ," even the grilled cheese sandwich that a kind stranger makes for a boy who has just lost his mother. It's easy to get swept up by the refined stateliness surrounding this messy odyssey of grief and trauma. But like its well...
Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019
“Hustlers “ saves all of its tricks for the end. It’s a banger of an ending, too, which is something that so few films manage to nail. The emotion, the stakes, the character development and the why of it all hit around the same time. This, you think, is the movie. Then suddenly it’s over just...