Nothing defines the holidays like star-studded movies
focusing on disparate generations of families coming together to bicker
and backstab while eventually bonding and basking in the glow of the
season for a precious few days.
A not-so-subtle shift has occurred in the
film marketplace, calling into question the fundamental assumptions of
the tacit arrangement between the studios and audiences. Call it a
Since beloved comedy Parks and Recreation ended
its seventh and final season earlier this year, fans have been jonesing
for their Tom Haverford fix. With Master of None (Series Premiere Friday, Netflix) Ansari is back. But don’t expect any Haverford hijinks.
Lifelong best friends Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore)
have been co-stars in a long-running saga — The Milly Affair — which has
been a Sex and the City-inspired account of Milly’s life as seen
via Jess as the glorified hanger-on dragged into every frame.
Born in Paris, France, filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard, a Fulbright
Visiting Fellow at Columbia University and a graduate of the Institut
d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, has long chronicled wartime narratives —
in particular the war in Bosnia.
The timing couldn’t be more perfect for this re-introduction to Charles
M. Schultz’s loveable collection of underdogs — regular Everykids from a
by-gone era — that have been able to capture and maintain a death-lock
on our culture for decades.
After much debate about whether or not either of them was
interested in making a return to the Bond franchise after scoring the
largest hit of the long-running series with Skyfall, director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig signed
up for Spectre.
In the United States, most social/political
movements tend to adopt non-violent means to further their causes,
preferring to appeal to the goodwill of both adversaries and the
undecided masses watching from the sidelines.
Misty Copeland, celebrated African-American ballerina
(the first principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre), occupies
cultural space alongside Serena Williams as a subject of debate when it
comes to race and body image in our society.
Thanks to reality television, we have an appreciation
for the celebrity chef as a troubled genius diva, which is exactly what
director John Wells (August: Osage County) and screenwriter Steven
Knight (The Hundred-Foot Journey) working from a story by Michael
Kalesniko, give us in Burnt.
Screenwriter-turned-director James Vanderbilt (the two Amazing Spider-Man installments) sets his sights on the Mary Mapes account of the firestorm that erupted over the 60 Minutes
report, back in 2004, on then-President George W. Bush’s military
Beasts, the story of a young boy
named Agu who is forcibly enlisted as a child
warrior in the civil war of an unnamed African country under the brutal
command of a fanatically charismatic figure known as the Commandant, is a mesmerizingly grim adaptation of Uzodinma