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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...
Monday, May. 20, 2019
"Where's Terrence Malick?"
It's a familiar question for the famously press-shy filmmaker that was, predictably, hollered again Monday at the Cannes Film Festival. Malick, whose "Tree of Life" won the Palme d'Or in 2011, returned to the French festival with a movie whose title could double...
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018
Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Favourite," a wicked blast of nasty fun, gleefully dispenses with the usual decorum of the period drama to free its powerhouse trio of actresses — Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz — in a deliciously performed romp through the wigs and corsets of 18th century...
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
The early 1990s New York of Marielle Heller's "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" isn't so long ago but it already feels staggeringly distant. It's a New York of publishing industry cocktail parties, of book stores, lots of them, and of scheming, foul-mouthed eccentrics.
Lee Israel (Melissa...
Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018
Fox Searchlight Pictures has launched Searchlight Television, making the company a 360-degree hub for creative talent and broadening the variety of projects produced under the Searchlight banner. Announcement of the new venture was made by Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and...
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018
There is an out-of-body melancholy that sets in about three quarters of the way through Wes Anderson's ninth feature "Isle of Dogs ."
Yes, you will be inexplicably wrapped up in the drama of a gang of sickly stop-motion animated dogs who have been exiled to a trash island and are...
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight) takes us to 1973 when the eighth wonder of the world—believe it or not, that’s what the Houston Astrodome was called—hosted the tennis match of the century, pitting champion Billie Jean King, age 29, against Bobby Riggs, 55, himself a former champ...
Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2017
There are several positive factors in the mixed equation that is "Gifted," starring Chris Evans and the appealing 10-year-old Mckenna Grace: A brilliant and precocious yet sweetly empathetic young girl. A devoted and decidedly hunky father figure. And then there's math itself, presented not as a...
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
"The Birth of a Nation " has had more expectations placed on it than any movie could reasonably bear.
When the film about Nat Turner and his 1831 slave rebellion premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, it was held up, unfairly or not, as everyone's great hope to save us from another year...
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
A year ago, first-time director Nate Parker was still struggling get together the $10 million he needed to make his passion project, a film that tells the story of slave rebellion leader Nat Turner.
On Tuesday, a day after the film debuted at the...