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Appreciating the Art and Soul of Film Criticism

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Last week, I joined the legion of readers descending, en masse, upon bookstores and Amazon for a chance to delve into New York Times film critic A. O. Scott’s Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth.   

Oscar Talk

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Film awards season comes to a close this week with The Oscars (8:30 p.m. Sunday, ABC). Chris Rock returns to host the 88th Academy Awards celebration — he first took the gig in 2005.   

Eddie the Eagle

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
There’s a truly loveable sense of relating to Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton) as The Little Engine That Could.  

Gods of Egypt

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Talk about counter-programming nightmares: Director Alex Proyas (The Crow and I, Robot) brings his gamer-like action-fantasy precision to this mythic adventure.  

Touched with Fire

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Love, in the broader culture and society, often gets associated with madness, and has since the beginning of time.   

Triple 9

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
John Hillcoat, the Australian director behind The Proposition and The Road, has proven quite adept at dark, violent thrillers stuffed to the gills with gritty and bloody anti-heroes, but with Triple 9 it feels like he’s hit the mother lode.  

A War

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Denmark’s representative in the Best Foreign Language Film competition at this year’s Academy Awards arrives courtesy of writer-director Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking, screenwriter for The Hunt  

Still Running the Tragic American ‘Race’

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Race documents the powerful legacy of the accomplishments of Jesse Owens, the black Olympic athlete (and Ohio native) who challenged the notion of Aryan supremacy espoused by Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games.  

The ‘Girls’ Grow Up — Sort Of

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The fifth season of Girls finds the young women in completely foreign territory — sometimes literally — giving them each an opportunity to truly mature.
  

Boy & The World

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Embrace the opportunity to catch Alê Abreu’s Best Animated Feature Oscar nominee, Boy & The World, about a little boy who embarks on a journey to find his father.   

The Lady in the Van

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
As a writer-critic, I embark on this examination of the new release from Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys) with a heightened open-minded approach.  

Risen

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The Lenten season kicks off with this Kevin Reynolds  interpretation of the story of Jesus Christ and the Resurrection as told from the perspective of a Roman non-believer named Clavius (Joseph Fiennes).  

The Witch

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Writer-director Robert Eggers has previously operated in the realm of horror shorts (Hansel and Gretel and The Tell-Tale Heart), but his leap to the narrative-feature format is assisted by a sure command and wielding of historic record.   

Deadpool

0 Comments · Friday, February 12, 2016
The creative team behind this reboot of the Deadpool character from Marvel Comics has channeled the raw spontaneity and manic energy of the fourth-wall-breaking figure.
  

Where to Invade Next

0 Comments · Friday, February 12, 2016
In Where to Invade Next, Michael Moore unabashedly embraces a rather old warrior trope as the means of cobbling together elements from around the world that he believes would actually make our nation more than better.