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Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016
Review: Director Gareth Edwards' "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story " seemed suspicious on paper, like any film saddled with the dreaded "spinoff" label. For a while all the odds looked stacked against it too - reshoots, script changes and a director in Gareth Edwards whose last blockbuster "Godzilla" had visual flair but no humanity,...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
Review: NBC's "Hairspray Live!" 
There may have been enough aerosol spray to burn off the rest of our ozone layer, but Wednesday's ambitious live version of the musical "Hairspray" on NBC was worth the environmental damage. It was light and fun and soon had you stuck. Fittingly for a musical about pushing the boundaries, this was...
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
Review: Writer/Director Damien Chazelle's "La La Land"
Musical lovers, take a bow. Your favorite art form is having quite the cultural moment. On Broadway, of course, we've got the "Hamilton" phenomenon, making the stage musical feel more vital and relevant than it has in years. And we have popular live TV revivals like "Grease" and "Hairspray." Now,...
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
Review: Director Pablo Larrain's "Neruda"
Chilean director Pablo Larrain is on a hero's quest to destroy the conventional biopic it seems. He turned the post-assassination days of Jacqueline Kennedy into an atmospheric examination of mythmaking and the public and private self in "Jackie," and in "Neruda ," the story of a poet on the run,...
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016
Review: Director Pablo Larrain's "Jackie"
History, lately run amok, is ordered with such tidy, forceful finesse by Natalie Portman's Jacqueline Kennedy in in the piercing "Jackie." Summoning a journalist to Hyannis Port in 1963, not long after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, she coolly sets the record for her late husband's legacy,...
Monday, Nov. 28, 2016
Review: Director John Madden's "Miss Sloane"
There's never a hair out of place in "Miss Sloane ," a painstakingly slick political thriller from director John Madden about a brilliant lone wolf lobbyist consumed with the win. It's a wannabe Aaron Sorkin-meets-Shonda Rhimes glimpse into the hollow and cynical world of inside the beltway...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016
Review: Director Garth Davis' "Lion"
There are two ways to view "Lion." One is as a heart-warming tale of love beyond boundaries and the incandescent pull of home. The more cynical view is that it's a two-hour advertisement for the wonders of Google Earth. Let's not be cynical, shall we? Let's just enjoy this poignant and true story...
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016
Review: Warren Beatty's "Rules Don't Apply"
Warren Beatty doesn't want us to regard "Rules Don't Apply," in which he stars as Howard Hughes, as a Howard Hughes film. It's actually a movie about late '50s Hollywood, he says, and the sexual puritanism of the era. Indeed, Beatty doesn't appear for a long while in this much-awaited film, which...
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016
Review: Director Robert Zemeckis' "Allied"
Deeply nostalgic moviemaking is rendered with digital precision in Robert Zemeckis' highly manicured World War II romance "Allied." Zemeckis' control of his camera is absolute, if self-consciously so. In "Allied," with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, he has resurrected the espionage thriller in all...
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016
Review: Disney's "Moana"
Stop me if this sounds familiar: A Disney animation film about a bright and spirited young woman who feels stifled by outmoded expectations and dreams of exploring beyond the confines of her home. It's the premise of "Moana ," but it's also that of "The Little Mermaid," ''Beauty and the Beast," ''...