his claim as a noted Academy Award-worthy filmmaker (Best Picture and
Best Director on A Beautiful Mind along with nominations in both
categories seven years later for Frost/Nixon), Ron Howard has ventured
down a more eclectic pathway as of late.
Teyonah Parris, seemingly ready for a full-on breakout after attracting attention last year in Dear White People, leads the charge in Spike Lee’s latest, a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ ancient Greek play Lysistrata.
I may end up sounding a bit Scrooge-like, but there’s something deliciously intriguing in the premise of Krampus, a story about dissatisfaction among a dysfunctional family during the holiday season that results in the emergence of a Christmas demon.
Bona fide cool guy Bill Murray has been
spending some time in Cincinnati lately as his son serves as assistant
coach to the undefeated Xavier men’s basketball team. With Murray always crashing the party, it’s only fitting that we kick off the holiday season by crashing one of his.
The opening sentences of The New York Times’ 1967 review of D.A. Pennebaker’s now-classic documentary Don’t Look Back
read as follows: “It will be a good joke on us all if, in 50 years or
so, Dylan is regarded as a significant figure in English poetry."
Co-directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s engrossing documentary Best of Enemies
focuses on Gore Vidal's and William F. Buckley Jr.'s battles during the ’68 conventions, which were
broadcast live on ABC.
Right away, Ryan Coogler lets us know that we’re in good and special hands with Creed, his Rocky
spinoff that arrives with not only the complete blessing of series
creator Sylvester Stallone, but also with his quietly mesmerizing
appearance as Rocky Balboa.
Uncorked captures the stress, skill and excitement that goes into
preparing for a test only about 8 percent of folks pass. The new series
follows six sommeliers preparing for the 2015 Master exam, which means
lots of flashcards, small competitions and endless bottles of vino.