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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," ''...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
Review: Director Ben Younger's "Bleed for This"
A melee has broken out in the boxing film. The genre's ring is so crowded, a fighter leaning back for a left hook might inadvertently sock the wrong opponent. Training montages could be combined to make a legitimate exercise video. The films are literally bleeding together: "Southpaw," ''Hands of...
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
Review: David Yates' "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
Xenophobia. Prejudice. Oppression. Who's up for a little escapism at the multiplex? J.K. Rowling, embarking on her new, post-Potter blockbuster franchise with "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," has said herself that her screenplay, which she began several years ago, was informed by world...
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
Review: Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea"
It's hard to overstate the magnificence of Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea." His third feature following "You Can Count on Me" and "Margaret" is one that swells with the spectrum of human emotion. Humor, anger, cynicism and love all crash into one another to create an elegant composition...
Monday, Nov. 14, 2016
Review: Writer-Director Kelly Fremon Craig's "The Edge of Seventeen" 
When's the last time you saw a truly fresh talent on screen? Someone so charismatic that you couldn't wait to find out who they are, what they've done before and why you've never noticed? That's what it feels like to watch Hayden Szeto as the sweetly dorky love interest to Hailee Steinfeld's lead...
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
Review: "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" 
"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk " is not a war movie in the traditional sense. There are battle scenes, and brothers in arms banter, sure, but like its pioneering technology, on a pure story level "Billy Lynn's" also pushes the boundaries of what we can expect from this genre. The film is a...
Monday, Nov. 7, 2016
Review: Director Paul Verhoeven's "Elle" 
"Inverted flame combustion." That's the kind of heat generated by a self-made furnace that makes a late cameo in Paul Verhoeven's highly flammable "Elle," a violently dark comedy in which passion and cruelty burn together in the same perverted, masochistic fire. It begins startlingly, to say the...
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
Review: Director Jeff Nichols' "Loving"
Jeff Nichols' "Loving," about Richard and Mildred Loving, is about simple-minded people, simply being in love. Both born and raised in the hills of Central Point, Virginia, the Lovings wed in 1958. But five weeks later, while Mildred was pregnant, they were roused from their bed at 2 a.m. by a...
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
Review: Director Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge"
Is "Hacksaw Ridge" Mel Gibson's redemption? Is it his atonement, or perhaps his miracle? Don't worry, we won't be making any such weighty theological pronouncements - though these terms have all been bandied about in the run-up to Gibson's first directorial effort in the 10 years since "Apocalypto...