May 2019 archive

Stuber | "Outrageous" TV Commercial | 20th Century FOX

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” has a sense of wonder. After I left the screening late at night and emerged onto a dark city street at nearly one a.m., I wanted to look up rather than straight ahead, just in case Ghidorah the three-headed dragon or Rodan the giant pterodactyl came screaming down from the clouds. That’s not the same …

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An Ode to Mothra, Co-kaiju of Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Few film genres seem more tailor-made for a stereotypical young boy’s fantasy of playing with toys and knocking over block towers than Kaiju, or giant monster movies from Japan. It’s all the more remarkable, then, that one of the most memorable of the original Kaiju leviathans is the unapologetically girly and glittery Mothra, who makes her …

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Ma

The thrills come extra cheap and late in Tate Taylor’s “Ma,” a horror movie torn between campiness and compassion, all while an Oscar-winning actress struggles to hold it together. It’s the initial ambition of the story that’s likely to keep you in your seat, as Octavia Spencer adds a wicked smile to her maternal persona …

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Perpetual Grace, LTD is Your Next TV Obsession

The incredible vastness of the modern TV landscape has led to quality programming going under-promoted to the point that shows can sneak up on people or, worse, slide far enough under the national radar that they go largely undiscovered. Raise your hand if you knew there was a new noir series starting Sunday that stars …

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Always Be My Maybe

Sometimes, the great love you’re meant to end up with (in other words, the one) is right in front you. At least according to the age-old happily-ever-after premise of countless romantic comedies including “When Harry Met Sally,” in which two longtime friends fall to bed and become lovers—first awkwardly, then passionately. Nahnatchka Khan’s “Always Be …

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Mouthpiece

In 2015, “Mouthpiece,” a show written and performed by Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken, premiered at The Theatre Centre in Toronto as part of the Why Not Theatre residency program. Nostbakken directed, as well as composed the music. Taking place in and around a bathtub on an empty stage, Sadava and Nostbakken, in white bathing …

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The Fall of the American Empire

“The Fall of the American Empire” is an unbearably preachy post-financial-crisis civics lesson in heist movie drag. We follow a motley crew of criminal misfits as they lecture each other about the economy and the lose/lose nature of global finance as they plot to make off with a bunch of money that they stole from, …

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Too Late to Die Young

Like Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” or Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir,” Chilean director Dominga Sotomayor Castillo’s latest film, “Too Late to Die Young,” is an exercise of memory and interpretation. Growing up at a time when her country made the shift from dictatorship to democracy, her family worried about further political upheaval. They left town with other …

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Home Entertainment Consumer Guide: May 30, 2019

5 NEW TO NETFLIX “The Blackcoat’s Daughter””Insidious””Limitless””Moonlight””Take Me Home Tonight” 10 NEW TO BLU-RAY/DVD “Apollo 11” One of the most visually striking films of the year is already available on Blu-ray and DVD after a successful Imax run earlier this year. I wish I had gotten out to the theaters to see it because I …

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DC Universe’s Swamp Thing Struggles to Manage Tone Amidst Flashes of Brilliance

After two episodes, I’m not sure what to make of “Swamp Thing,” the latest entry in the DC Universe streaming series catalog of shows that feel more adult than what you might see on The CW but not quite adult enough as something you might see on HBO or Cinemax. The best elements of “Swamp …

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Michael Sheen, David Tennant Carry Amazon’s Good Omens

“Good Omens” begins, in a sense, with a meet-cute. Two angels—one divine, one fallen—stand high atop a wall that surrounds a garden, or rather, the garden. They watch as two people clad in fig leaves flee paradise, armed only with a hard-earned knowledge that can’t be seen, and a flaming sword, which definitely can. And …

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When They See Us

The first of many needle drops in Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” is Special Ed’s hip-hop classic “I Got It Made.” The song is a rather gentle piece of old-school braggadocio, harmless and innocent by the standards of similar records that operate in a boastful vein. The song plays under the opening scene, where …

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Domino

“Domino,” the latest thriller from Brian De Palma, arrives in theaters and on VOD this week under the kind of cloud that would cause even the director’s most passionate devotees to look upon it with suspicion. Shot in Denmark a couple of years ago, the film reportedly ran into financing problems during its production, and …

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How Domino Fits into the Brian De Palma Paradox

Brian De Palma’s new movie “Domino” is coming out to little fanfare this week, in a few theaters and on VOD. Even the legendary director himself, in an interview with Le Figaro around this time last year, appeared to write off the movie as a job for hire that didn’t work out to his liking (though he describes financial …

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Girl’s Night In | 20th Century FOX

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Dark Phoenix | "This Ends Now" TV Commercial | 20th Century FOX

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