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‘Creed’ Spins Off into Its Own Glorious Orbit

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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.  

Tough Guy Charms in ‘Brooklyn’

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
I still remember the first time I took notice of actor Emory Cohen onscreen. In the Derek Cianfrance film The Place Beyond the Pines, he played the pampered son of Bradley Cooper’s reluctant cop-turned-hero.  

A Resourceful Pair Breaks Out of ‘Room’

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
We tell ourselves the world is a big place, but director Lenny Abrahamson (Frank), adapting Emma Donoghue’s novel Room, shows us just how infinite the space can truly be.

What We Mean When We Discuss All-American Stories

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
All of the great real-life sports dramas work from the same basic premise — that of an underdog facing nearly impossible odds with determination and an undeniable sense of hope.   

Our (Film) Brands in Crisis

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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 communication breakdown.  

Hastily Searching for the ‘Truth’

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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 record.   

‘Beasts of No Nation’ Streams into New Frontier

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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 Iweala’s novel.  

Higher Stakes Needed on ‘Bridge of Spies’

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I’ve spent all this time ruminating on De La Soul and Saving Private Ryan, I suppose, to highlight the fault I find with Spielberg’s latest film, Bridge of Spies, another historic film in his library of moving monuments to the pivotal events of our times.

He Named Me...

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Director Davis Guggenheim explores the burden of names in He Named Me Malala, his latest documentary foray showcasing the astonishing story of Malala Yousafzai.   

‘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.

‘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.  

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.

The Anticipated End of the Labor Day Movie Blues

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Not so long ago, the fallow period in the film-release schedule used to be in the early part of the year.  

From ‘Mistress America’ to Majority Rule

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Snagging an interview with a rising star, a sure-to-be It-Girl player like Lola Kirke, is definitely a catch-as-catch-can proposition.   

Crack Open ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ at Your Own Risk

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I live in a house with a pair of teenage girls, so the idea of having access to their diaries or their unfiltered thoughts frightens me to no end, especially after watching The Diary of a Teenage Girl.