November 2018 archive

Widows | The Roundtable Series: Coming Together | 20th Century FOX

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Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema is an Essential Blu-ray Release

I’ve struggled with how to start writing about Criterion’s release of “Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema.” How does one begin to wrap their arms around the career of a master? And, make no mistake, this is a career-defining release, including 39 of Bergman’s films along with hours and hours of special features and a 240-page book full …

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Never Look Away

In 1937, the Nazi Party organized a notorious “degenerate art” exhibition, which opened in Munich before traveling through other German cities. Hitler had been railing against modern art for years (the artists were all “incompetents, cheats and madmen”), and so this exhibition was an extension of his attack on the modern world, on humanistic shared …

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Anna and the Apocalypse

Comedy and horror are such strange bedfellows. As an odd couple, they’ve spawned movies like Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice” and Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.” Except for perhaps Burton’s adaptation of the Broadway show “Sweeny Todd” and Frank Oz’s “Little Shop of Horrors,” few movies in this Frankensteined subgenre have gone so far …

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2.0

It’s 2018 AD and 67 year-old Indian film Super Star Rajinikanth (the “Super Star” must be included in all of his films’ advertisements, according to his contract) has starred in two of the most energizing films of the year. “Kaala,” the first, is a relatively sober, socially realistic gangster drama/musical that also features impressive slow-motion …

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The Mercy

“The Mercy” is one of those movies where I found myself with more questions than answers by the end. These were not questions of a philosophical nature, but more along the lines of “Why did anyone feel that this was a story worth telling in the first place?” and “Why did so many enormously talented people …

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Mirai

I imagine fans of Pixar’s “Inside Out” might like the patronizing but well-meaning animated Japanese fantasy “Mirai.” That’s not a knock on Pixar fans (well, maybe a small knock) so much as an up-front acknowledgment that both “Inside Out” and “Mirai” are not only not to my taste, but also do not, in my opinion, speak meaningfully …

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People’s Republic of Desire

A young Chinese woman named Shen Man sits in front of her computer, in front of a camera, in front of five million followers. Some of her online audience members have a lot more money than others. She sings and talks to them as they shower her with compliments, cash. They’re all trying to get …

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Elliot the Littlest Reindeer

It’s just four days until Christmas and Blitzen the reindeer has abruptly announced his retirement from pulling Santa’s sleigh so he can pursue his lifelong dream of running a juice bar. At the press conference, a journalist has an urgent question: “Is he the one behind Dancer’s conscious uncoupling?” Yes, this is an animated Christmas …

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Blood Brother

The screenplay for “Blood Brother” establishes an intriguing premise, filled with broken alliances, conflicted allegiances, and a dark secret from the past that could either bring together a group of old friends or destroy whatever remains of their bond. Then, one of those old friends definitively shows that he’s a madman, bent on bloody and …

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DriverX

We’ve yet to reach the point where someone makes a heartfelt movie about someone training their bladder so they can work in an Amazon warehouse, or one that roots for a sick kid to hit their GoFundMe goal so they can get life-saving surgery because America’s healthcare system is a joke. But we do now …

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30 Minutes On: "A Private War"

Rosamund Pike’s performance as war journalist Marie Colvin in “A Private War” isn’t really in the running this awards season, and I have to assume it’s because she does something very difficult without calling attention to how hard she’s working, which isn’t how artists generally win prizes. This is a precise, even small performance by an actress playing a big …

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30 Minutes On: "Beautiful Boy"

“Beautiful Boy,” starring Timothée Chalamet as drug-addicted teenager Nic Sheff and Steve Carell as his journalist father David, is a harrowing movie, especially for parents. In contrast to a lot of stories about characters falling into addiction, Nic is already using when the story begins, and we experience his attempts to manipulate his father and …

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Home Entertainment Consumer Guide: November 29, 2018

7 NEW TO NETFLIX “Buybust””De Palma””Green Room””Into the Forest””Jiro Dreams of Sushi””Krisha””The Workshop” 7 NEW TO BLU-RAY/DVD “2001” (4K) For a very long time, it felt like if you had a DVD player, it was required that you also owned two films, The Wachowskis’ “The Matrix” and Stanley Kubrick’s “2001.” Now the tide is slowly …

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Happy as Lazzaro

For a movie that mines its most startling jolt out of the concept of time, there is a knowing and ironic sense of timelessness to Alice Rohrwacher’s exquisite pastoral fable “Happy As Lazzaro.” When it unassumingly gets underway in its dimly lit, intimate opening minutes unfolding inside an overcrowded rustic kitchen, you almost mistake it …

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The 4-Star Reviews of 2018

As the year comes to a close, and you’re wondering what to see before you make your top ten list or pick up the latest Twitter fight about awards season, we are here to guide the way. First, check out Chaz Ebert’s guide to her personal picks for films to see before the end of …

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Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

The phrase that best describes “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” is “uncanny valley,” that uneasy feeling people have when they encounter simulations of people that are real but not quite real enough. Granted, most of the characters in this movie from actor-director Andy Serkis, who helped perfect motion capture performance techniques in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Planet …

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Highlights from the 2018 Los Cabos Film Festival

In early November, Los Cabos International Film Festival completed its seventh edition at the tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula. I’ve attended six of those editions, missing only last year due to another commitment. I’m an aficionado of film festivals in general but this one in particular due to a love of Mexican culture and a …

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