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‘Sicario’ Brings Us Face-to-Face with the Void

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is in over her head. A tactical FBI agent with a solid record, the willingness to take the kill-shot without hesitation and no life outside work to speak of, Macer is the perfect audience stand-in in Sicario, the latest journey into the heart of darkness masterminded by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve.
  

The Dream of the ’90s Is Alive on The Splat

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Remember the golden years of Nickelodeon? You know, Tommy Pickles, orange blimps, Ren & Stimpy, Stick Stickly, gak? Well, just like No Doubt, the tattoo choker and Good Burger — thanks, Jimmy Fallon — ’90s Nick shows are making a comeback, too.  

‘Stonewall’ Hides Behind Dramatic Stereotypes

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Roland Emmerich, over the course of his illustrious filmmaking career, has attempted to write disaster fantasy on the largest canvas possible.  

Spoiler Alert: ‘The Last Man on Earth’ Is a Lie

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
As The Last Man on Earth (Season Premiere, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox) returns this week, we already know a few things: First off, the title is a blatant lie. Phil Miller (Will Forte) is not the last man on Earth. He’s not the last (hu)man on Earth. He’s not the last male on Earth. He’s not even the last Phil Miller on Earth.  

Goodnight Mommy

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The screenwriting and directing duo of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz has concocted a diabolical hybrid — a movie that taps into the current indie horror fascination with real slow-building chills, rather than a slavish adherence to the trend of the moment, found footage, which thankfully is exiting the frame, but with formal filmmaking nods to the psychology of evil that we’ve seen in the recent works of Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon, Funny Games).   

Hotel Transylvania 2

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
As a parent in the early 2000s, I have fond memories of Genndy Tartakovsky’s cartoons.   

The Intern

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The upscale urban chic of Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated) will be on full-display in The Intern, her latest comedy, but this time, the trick is that she’s not focusing on romantic entanglements.   

Pawn Sacrifice

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The ultimate chess match, between America’s troubled prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and the Russian champion Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), spilled over into the geopolitical realm, since the two masters faced off during the Cold War between the two global superpowers.  

The Second Mother

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Class warfare and parenting debates dominate Brazilian writer-director Anna Muylaert’s new film, The Second Mother. Val (Regina Casé), a hardworking nanny in São Paulo, laments having to leave her own daughter in a remote part of Brazil with relatives in order to make a good living.   

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Documentarian Alex Gibney (winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature with Taxi to the Dark Side) beats Danny Boyle’s narrative examination of Steve Jobs, the mercurial late CEO of Apple, to theaters, offering up what will likely be a more personal and private look at the man’s life.   

Toronto International Film Festival: A Soundtrack

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The 40th year of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the festival of festivals, will forever be linked in my memories to music. I ended up with a unique sampler of features and documentaries focusing on the lives of challenging and tragic musical figures.
  

Everything Old Is New Again: The Muppets

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Jim Henson’s Muppets — fun fact: it’s a combination of “marionette” and “puppet” — are bona fide pop culture icons and celebrities.  

About Ray

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Ray (Elle Fanning) makes the decision to transition from female to male, causing seismic adjustments in her immediate family.   

Captive

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Kate Mara and David Oyelowo star in this crime thriller from television veteran Jerry Jameson, which is based on the true story of Ashley Smith (author of the memoir Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero).  

Everest

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Baltasar Kormákur, best known, until now, for working with Mark Wahlberg on Contraband and 2 Guns, sets a new course for himself, tackling the story of a Mount Everest climbing expedition beset by a severe snow storm.