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Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019
It's probably a testament to the makeup artists of Jay Roach's Fox News docudrama "Bombshell" that the movie opens with a disclaimer announcing that the people depicted within are played by actors. Films don't ordinarily require a heads up that that's, you know, Charlize Theron.
Friday, Jun. 7, 2019
Women dominate "Big Little Lies," both on the screen and in the behind-the-scenes power of Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who are executive producers as well as stars of the HBO series.
But how does Adam Scott, who plays husband Ed to Witherspoon's Madeline, feel about flipping the...
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...
Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018
It was as she forcefully stuffed actress Tatiana Maslany into the trunk of a car that the sheer out-of-body experience of her role in the brutal L.A. noir thriller "Destroyer" came into focus for Nicole Kidman.
"I was putting her in the trunk of that car going: 'What the hell is this?'"...
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' movies aren't the sort that typically attract a stampede of Hollywood A-listers.
His films, which he writes with Efthymis Filippou, are deadpan, midnight-black comedies that carry out grim allegorical absurdities to extreme ends. Characters speak stiltedly...
Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017
The intersection of Sofia Coppola and Nicole Kidman didn't start with "The Beguiled."
They'd met at parties in passing and had even tried to work together once on a project that fell apart. Coppola loved Kidman's wicked humor and Kidman loved Coppola's cinematic style and vision. So...
Wednesday, May. 24, 2017
The imagery was stark, if inevitable: 12 Palme d'Or winners, one of them female.
When the Cannes Film Festival celebrated its 70th anniversary on Tuesday, it assembled luminaries from across cinema as well as many of the recent winners of its top prize. Jane Campion was the only woman...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016
There are two ways to view "Lion." One is as a heart-warming tale of love beyond boundaries and the incandescent pull of home. The more cynical view is that it's a two-hour advertisement for the wonders of Google Earth.
Let's not be cynical, shall we? Let's just enjoy this poignant and...
Wednesday, May. 14, 2014
The Grace Kelly melodrama "Grace of Monaco" kicked off the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday with classic French Riviera glamour, behind-the-scenes controversy and emphatic boos from critics.
The film stars Nicole Kidman as Kelly during...