Sunday, February 19, 2017

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
Review: Foreign Language Oscar Nominee "The Salesman"
Even as Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi layers his films with complexity - with characters whose intimacies are crowded by politics, society and the past - his command of narrative is utterly total. You get the impression he could direct his way out of any labyrinth, that his camera - cool...
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
"Tanna" Director Looks Back On Journey That Made Oscar History Down Under
The premiere of "Tanna," Australia's first-ever Oscar nominee for a foreign language film, was as far from Hollywood glamor as one can get. The guests gathered not in an opulent theatre, but in a cyclone-flattened village on a remote island. There were no glittering gowns, but plenty of grass...
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Review: Director Michael Dudok de Wit's "The Red Turtle"
When was the last time an animated film actual lowered your pulse rate? In its typical Hollywood form, an animated feature is usually the cinematic equivalent of a sugar rush - a frantic barrage of colors and movement and jokes and sounds. It's safe to say that "The Red Turtle," a fortuitous...
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Review: Director John Lee Hancock's "The Founder"
Ketchup, mustard, two pickles. In John Lee Hancock's "The Founder," about Ray Kroc and the making of McDonald's, the ingredients for success are ruthlessly simple. When Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling traveling salesmen selling milkshake mixers, first beelines to San Bernardino, California, in...
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
Director-Writer Paolo Sorrentino, Actor Jude Law Reflect On HBO's "The Young Pope"
In HBO's absorbing new drama "The Young Pope," Jude Law plays the title character, American-born Lenny Belardo, who, through divine intervention or woeful human error (this will be hotly debated), is made Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church at the tender age of 47. A disruptive, puzzling...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
Review: Director Peter Berg's "Patriots Day" 
Bombs detonated in the center of Boston are disarmed by bonds of family and community in Peter Berg's "Patriots Day," a stirring ode to civic life in the age of terrorism. "Patriots Day," which recreates the 2013 Boston Marathon and the subsequent four-day manhunt, is the third in a string of...
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
Review: Ben Affleck's "Live by Night" 
Ben Affleck is no doubt an ambitious and tasteful filmmaker, but he's gotten himself in a bit of hot water with the bloated period gangster epic "Live by Night ." It looks and sounds right and all the elements are there: A conflicted anti-hero with a granite jaw, a fast-talkin', two-timin' moll,...
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017
Denzel Washington's Film Adaptation of "Fences" Respectful of August Wilson's World
When August Wilson's widow first toured the set for the new movie based on his play "Fences," she carefully examined the modest two-story brick house, the small yard and the tree where a ball hung from a rope - and she wept. Constanza Romero, who lost her playwright husband in 2005, has visited...
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017
Review: Director Theodore Melfi's "Hidden Figures"
Theodore Melfi's buoyant "Hidden Figures" is an old-fashioned feel-good movie with powerful contemporary relevance, spearheaded by a trio of unstoppable actresses playing black women who wouldn't be stopped. Set in 1961 Virginia, the fact-based "Hidden Figures," adapted from Margot Lee Shetterly's...
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017
Review: Writer/Director Maren Ade's "Toni Erdmann"
"Toni Erdmann " is a hard film to love, but that might be the point. The German movie from the clearly talented and incisive writer/director Maren Ade seems like it should be a comedy - the lightly plotted character study is about a father trying to introduce some chaos into his adult daughter's...