Monday, February 18, 2019

Movie Review: The Familial Train Wreck of “Happy End”

“Happy End” opens and closes with cell-phone footage, the widescreen frame scrunched accordionlike into that ubiquitous, shaky, voyeuristic rectangle through which at least one...

Movie Review: “I, Tonya” Rebrands Controversial Skater

The problem with so many biopics is that life usually doesn’t proceed with the convenient clarity of a movie script, with its causes and...

The Top 10 Films of 2017

The annual top 10 list always requires a deft balancing act: In addition to the consensus choices that tend to appear on everybody’s list,...

Movie Review: “Wonder Wheel” is Woody Allen’s Sexist Nadir

Woody Allen’s latest movie opens on a cluttered beach on Coney Island in the 1950s, a canvas so teeming with people we almost expect...

Movie Review: “The Man Who Invented Christmas” Slights its Subject

South Florida author Les Standiford’s lively and revelatory book The Man Who Invented Christmas, about Charles Dickens’ writing and self-funded publication of A Christmas...

Movie Review: “Murder on the Orient Express” goes through the (loco)motions

What is the point of the new version of “Murder on the Orient Express?” Cemented as a diamond-flawless example of the mystery genre, Agatha...

Movie Review: “Wonderstruck” is Precious, but Lives up to its Title

It’s hard to imagine Todd Haynes, one of the subversive and experimental filmmakers in America, training his lens on a commercial children’s adventure. Yet...

Movie Review: “Suburbicon” Jumbles Crime Comedy, Race Drama

Hollywood has long cast a jaundiced eye to the uniform sprawl of suburban America—its picket fences, its wall-manicured lawns, its aroma of housewives’ pies...
the florida project

Profound “Florida Project” Movie Draws Humor, Pathos from Urban Poverty

“The Florida Project,” writer-director Sean Baker’s follow-up to 2015’s “Tangerine,” is no less extraordinary, and no less defined by its sense of place. It’s...

Movie Review: “Mark Felt” an Unfocused Political History Lesson

“Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House,” an historical wannabe thriller with an arduous subtitle, presents an executive branch in a...
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