Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2018
Review: Director Eugene Jarecki's Elvis Documentary "The King"
It's usually a bad sign when critics start questioning your film before it's even finished. But director Eugene Jarecki had to endure worse. While making the documentary "The King," he actually got gruff from a member of his own film crew. After a car breaks down, Jarecki takes the opportunity to...
Monday, Jun. 11, 2018
Review: Director Brad Bird's "Incredibles 2"
"The Incredibles" writer/director Brad Bird has said that his characters' powers are all born of stereotypes. Dad is strong, mom is stretched in a million directions, teenage girls put up shields, little boys are full of boundless energy and babies are unpredictable. It's why he decided that for...
Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2018
Review: Director Morgan Neville's Fred Rogers Doc. "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
So accustomed are we to the downfall and disgrace of men that a marvelous sense of its absence propels the rich and glowing documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Fifty years after he made his public television debut, Fred Rogers remains aloft: a pure and gentle soul never befallen by scandal, a...
Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2018
Review: Director Gary Ross' "Ocean's 8"
Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Eleven" remake is hard movie to live up to. Its starry charm was backed by a breezy and deceptively dense script full of memorable characters, dizzyingly complex logistics and lively filmmaking that Soderbergh himself couldn't even recreate in the two sequels. But it is...
Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2018
Review: Director J.A. Bayona's  "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"
Here's the good news: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom " is more fun than "Jurassic World." It's not exactly a high bar, but still a welcome surprise. In the hands of a new director, J.A. Bayona, with Chris Pratt's high-wattage charisma on full blast and a fair amount of self-aware humor intact,...
Thursday, May. 31, 2018
Review: Director Baltasar Kormakur's "Adrift"
Woman vs. nature. It certainly has a ring to it, especially when woman wins. But there are too few such stories in our popular culture, and certainly on our movie screens. Enter "Adrift," based on the harrowing, real-life story of Tami Oldham, who sailed off on a romantic voyage from Tahiti to San...
Wednesday, May. 30, 2018
Review: Director Silas Howard's "A Kid Like Jake"
The 4-year-old character referred to in the title of the new film "A Kid Like Jake " does not actually get much screen time at all. He's around and always being talked about, as his gender-fluidity is becoming more apparent to those around him, but "A Kid Like Jake" is not really about Jake at all...
Friday, May. 18, 2018
Grooming New Talent: Finding and Creating Opportunities
“Break a leg” is theatrical slang for good luck. But there’s more than luck involved in breaking successfully into the industry and evolving into a working producer and/or director. Each step along the way is a challenge—one we hope to make a little easier through career advice offered by a cross-...
Wednesday, May. 16, 2018
Review: "Solo: A Star Wars Story"
If there's one takeaway from "Solo: A Star Wars Story ," it's that our favorite scoundrel had been through a lot before he ever met up with Luke, Obi-Wan and Leia. Sure, he'd talked up his Kessel Run time and out-maneuvering Imperial ships, but this film contains at least three epic set-pieces,...
Tuesday, May. 15, 2018
Review: Director David Leitch's "Deadpool 2"
At a recent screening of "Deadpool 2," the audience didn't get up when the end credits came up, patiently sitting through the scrolling names of visual effects supervisors and lighting specialists. Real "Deadpool" fans know to stick around until the ushers toss them out. That's because the...