Category: featured

Margot Robbie Makes Tonya Harding A Rebel Antiheroine
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Margot Robbie Makes Tonya Harding A Rebel Antiheroine

Margot Robbie gives one of the best performances of the year in the gem that highlights this light week of openings. She makes viewers grudgingly admire the notorious Tonya Harding. Otherwise, the week’s other big draw will be an adaptation of an Agatha Christie non-series mystery. This adaptation boasts a livelier cast than the recent […]

The Wild Life Of Dennis Hopper
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The Wild Life Of Dennis Hopper

Late Hollywood rebel Dennis Hopper provides the grist for a new documentary biography. This week, meet the man whose cinematic notoriety includes directing The Last Movie and playing the unforgettable Blue Velvet villain Frank Booth. This week’s art film openings also sees the tripling of the gay-themed film count. There’s the still-playing God’s Own Country. […]

Creature From The Black Lagoon Finds Love, Thanks To Guillermo del Toro
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Creature From The Black Lagoon Finds Love, Thanks To Guillermo del Toro

A new gothic romance from Guillermo del Toro highlights the week’s openings. The Creature From The Black Lagoon had a romantic subtext involving the Gill Man and the female lead. Guillermo del Toro decided to put that relationship front and center, helped by a cast headed by Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones. Another film worth […]

Kobe Bryant Sports Love Letter And Other Animated Shorts
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Kobe Bryant Sports Love Letter And Other Animated Shorts

A love letter from basketball star Kobe Bryant to the sport that shaped his life is just one of the highlights of The 19th Animation Show Of Shows. Never heard of this annual animated shorts program? Since 1998, curator Ron Diamond has checked out the newest animated shorts at film festivals around the world. Out […]

How Tommy Wiseau Made His Bad Movie History Mark
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How Tommy Wiseau Made His Bad Movie History Mark

Two new films tie for the week’s most prominent opening honors. James Franco channels bad movie auteur Tommy Wiseau in telling how midnight movie staple The Room came about. Angelina Jolie executive produced an animated tale set in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. For those seeking film diet fare crunchier than laughing at Tommy Wiseau, some under-the-radar offerings […]

Introverted Denzel Washington Fights The Good Fight
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Introverted Denzel Washington Fights The Good Fight

Unsurprisingly, this Thanksgiving weekend is light on the new art film releases. But Denzel Washington shines in a drama about an introverted lawyer who finds his activist ideals clashing with having a thriving law career. Readers who want to pass on seeing the new Denzel Washington film can always catch up on the highly praised […]

Bill Nye Fights Climate "Skeptics" And Creationists
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Bill Nye Fights Climate “Skeptics” And Creationists

A relatively light week of openings is counterbalanced by the films’ overall thematic heaviness. This week viewers can see everything from Bill Nye crossing swords with creationist Ken Ham to remembering the 1992 Los Angeles riots solely through period footage. Don’t forget to make time for Frances Mc Dormand’s new film, where she’s outstanding as […]

Steve Carell And Buddies Deal With Vietnam And Iraq
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Steve Carell And Buddies Deal With Vietnam And Iraq

Steve Carell leads an all-star cast in the new Richard Linklater film. It’s an unofficial sequel to the Jack Nicholson film The Last Detail. But frankly, Steve Carell does not star in the best films opening this week. One honor goes to Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, a seriocomic semi-autobiographical tale of Gerwig’s adolescence. The other […]

Takashi Miike Really Brings On The Fantasy Samurai Action
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Takashi Miike Really Brings On The Fantasy Samurai Action

The new Takashi Miike film headlines a mostly quiet week of openings. Imagine Wolverine as an unkillable samurai. But the Takashi Miike difference is that his film’s setpieces seem insane…particularly a finale requiring 300 people. For those who want something as wild as a Takashi Miike film but from real life, try a documentary about […]

New George Clooney Film Gets Wide Release, Bad Reviews
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New George Clooney Film Gets Wide Release, Bad Reviews

The new film directed by George Clooney has several things going for it. There’s a great cast and a Coen Brothers script. But despite wide release, this George Clooney project is pretty much DOA. For those who want a worthwhile film even if it lacks the George Clooney imprimatur, there are plenty of alternatives. Agnes […]