June 2019 archive

Stuber | "Working for the Weekend" TV Commercial | 20th Century FOX

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

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The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith

Eighteen years after the release of “The Other Side of Heaven,” writer-director Mitch Davis has made “The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith” (which makes this the other other side of heaven?). Purely from a production-value standpoint, the sequel is more accomplished than most faith-based movies, and that includes its 2001 predecessor: a Mormon melodrama …

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New York Asian Film Festival 2019 Preview

The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) is never the same thing twice. It’s a little different every year, and in this rare setting, “different” is a very good thing: I can’t think of any other film festival that has earned so much good will by encouraging viewers’ to cultivate and/or renew their passion for …

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Showtime’s The Loudest Voice is a Fascinating, Frustrating Take on Roger Ailes and Fox News

“The Loudest Voice” does for the rise of Fox News what Adam McKay’s “Vice” did for Dick Cheney—it treats the saga as an American horror story, one that that will shock and disturb some viewers but also vindicate anyone rooting for the monsters. Part of its entertainment factor, aside from watching Russell Crowe in a …

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Maiden

“What it takes to sail around the world is, first of all, you have to be a bit crazy,” a voice tells us at the beginning of Alex Holmes’ moving documentary, “Maiden.” “You have to be different than the normal bloke.” Holmes’ subjects are certainly different than normal blokes in that they’re the first all-female …

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Ophelia

Ophelia is a tragic figure in a tragic play. First loved, then spurned by Hamlet, she goes mad and drowns in the river, though we do not know whether by accident or intention. In the play, Hamlet’s mother Gertrude describes Ophelia’s death as though she saw it herself, the girl “incapable of her own distress,” …

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Euphoria

The talents of Alicia Vikander and Eva Green are stranded by the monotonous “Euphoria,” a movie that doesn’t have the gut-punch of rich character work so much as the hollow spectacle of seeing actors be great at looking sad. The two could tear your heart out using only the ingredients of bubble gum for dialogue, and yet “Euphoria” gives …

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Three Peaks

A short story’s worth of material stretched out to feature length, but heartfelt and thoughtful enough that it holds one’s attention regardless, “Three Peaks” is about a makeshift family (consisting of a divorced mother, her young son, and her boyfriend) that goes on vacation in a remote cabin, where they face the unchangeable realities of their lives. Writer-director Jan Zabeil’s …

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The Plagiarists

Peter Parlow’s “The Plagiarists” is a strange cat indeed. There’s enough provocative material here to warrant a recommendation, yet none of it quite works in the way it was intended. The film is an intellectual exercise masquerading as an indie comedy, and though it didn’t make me laugh once, it sure gave me plenty to …

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Killers Anonymous

I’m honestly not sure what sort of vibe the makers of “Killers Anonymous” were going for with their high-concept locked room thriller about a group therapy session for snarky high-paid assassins. The movie’s fussy camera blocking, self-conscious dialogue, and remote-stuck-on-fast-forward pace all suggest that director Martin Owen (the promising virtual-reality horror film “Let’s Be Evil”) …

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The Other Story

Everyone is in a hurry in “The Other Story,” an Israeli film from director/co-writer Avi Nesher. The characters have a lot to say to each other but no one wants to listen. They keep cutting each other off, claiming to be running late or busy, or just hitting “decline” when the cell phone rings. None …

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Stuber | #TBT Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

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Yesterday

When I was a kid, the guy who taught music classes in my school was an aging hippie with a long beard. He’d hand out tambourines and triangles and teach us simple songs. At the end of each class, he would regale us, unprompted, with first-hand stories of Beatlemania. He basically lived out the real-life …

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Roger Ebert’s Typewriter on Display at University of Illinois

Roger Ebert’s typewriter is currently on display at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as part of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library exhibit, “Writers & Their Tools: Parchment-Paper-Processors.” It features many typewriters previously belonging to literary giants and trailblazing journalists, some of whom are among the college’s most influential alumni. In addition to Ebert, past students …

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Paul Thomas Anderson, Thom Yorke Collaborate on Mesmerizing Anima

The music video as more than just a way to sell an upcoming album is an underrated art form. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, some incredible work was done in the form, launching careers of major filmmakers like David Fincher, Spike Jonze, and Michel Gondry. But since MTV turned into a reality TV channel, it’s …

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Home Entertainment Consumer Guide: June 27, 2019

1 NEW TO NETFLIX “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse” 7 NEW TO BLU-RAY/DVD “The Beach Bum” Few reviews in my time at RogerEbert.com have raised more eyebrows than my three-star acclaim for “The Beach Bum,” Harmony Korine’s stoner odyssey about a man literally smoking and humping his way through life. What can I say? It’s a …

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After Yesterday: A Beatles Film Festival

“Yesterday,” the Danny Boyle film written by Richard Curtis opening this week, imagines that a catastrophic event has wiped clean from the collective consciousness any memory of The Beatles—except for the memory of one man. It is a killer premise, rich with possibility. Alas, it presupposes a world without Beatles movies, a prospect as unimaginable …

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The Chambermaid

Slow and steady, with an exacting eye for detail, Lila Avilés’ “The Chambermaid” is a painfully astute observational drama about a young woman working in one of Mexico City’s posh hotels. The movie closely follows Evelia or Eve (Gabriela Cartol), for short, on her daily rounds of dreary tasks. The movie begins at a low …

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Tom Skerritt on the 40th Anniversary of Alien, Collaborating with Ridley Scott and More

Sitting down a few weeks ago to talk with veteran actor Tom Skerritt during his visit to Chicago to attend the Chicago Critics Film Festival (an entity that I do work for) and participate in a Q&A following a 40th anniversary screening of the 1979 classic “Alien,” I found myself filled with a slight degree …

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