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. 

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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...

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

In the half-century since the original "Mary Poppins" debuted, we've learned a lot about refined sugar, frankly none of it good. Doctors tell us it can lead to obesity, heart disease and all sorts of other detriments to our health.

But let's face it, there are times when a little sugar —...

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

With 2018 about to fully enter the proverbial rearview mirror, it’s time for reflection on varied fronts, including assessing what work was among the year’s most worthwhile creatively.

Determining any year’s “best” is a highly subjective proposition so SHOOT staffers looked to at...

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Looking back on the language of 2018 provides cause for pause. 

Dictionary.com picked “misinformation” as its word of the year, on the heels of Oxford Dictionaries choosing “toxic.”

While misinformation has always existed, it became more prevalent in 2018, fueled in part by the...

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

"Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street...whether in Jackson, Mississippi, or in Harlem, New York," reads the title card that begins director Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk ."

The quote is from a 1974 James Baldwin novel, which Jenkins has adapted himself...

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