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REVIEW: Wonder Woman 1984 – A Less Wonderful Sequel Lost In Time

December 24, 2020 | By
REVIEW: <em>Wonder Woman 1984</em> – A Less Wonderful Sequel Lost In Time

There is something infectiously charming about Gal Gadot as the beloved heroine Diana Prince. Perhaps it is her warm smile, her determined gaze, or the fact that she is clearly letting herself into the role. As it turns out, this is about the only salvageable element of Wonder Woman 1984 (aka WW84), the highly-anticipated sequel to... »

Edward Douglas’ Top 10 Movies of 2020

December 21, 2020 | By
Edward Douglas’ Top 10 Movies of 2020

Since the craziest year in recent memory is slowly winding down, it’s time for people to share their best of the year. As someone who has seen upwards of 300 movies this year despite the pandemic, I feel like I’ve seen enough movies that I can confidently put together my own definitive Top 10 for 2020.... »

REVIEW: News of the World Shows Paul Greengrass’ Mastery of the Western Genre

December 16, 2020 | By
REVIEW: <em>News of the World</em> Shows Paul Greengrass’ Mastery of the Western Genre

At times, it feels like every filmmaker has a Western in them. In recent years, some great filmmakers have swung and failed miserably, but then you get results like the Coen Brothers’ True Grit, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, and others that find a way to redefine an age-old cinematic genre in fascinating new... »

REVIEW: Showy Visuals Can’t Rescue Clooney’s Marooned The Midnight Sky

December 10, 2020 | By
REVIEW: Showy Visuals Can’t Rescue Clooney’s Marooned <em>The Midnight Sky</em>

In 2049, a lone, aging astronomer named Augustine, played by George Clooney, looks out with resignation into the star-studded, steely grey skies of the North Pole. Somewhere in that vast expanse, a resolute astronaut named Sully, played by Felicity Jones, stares back, searching for answers and hoping for a better future. This is the... »

REVIEW: One Night in Miami… Marks the Arrival of Regina King as Director

December 9, 2020 | By
REVIEW: <em>One Night in Miami…</em> Marks the Arrival of Regina King as Director

You can often get some idea of a filmmaker’s prospects by the quality of craftspeople with whom they surround themselves as collaborators, and that might be especially true with first-time directors. When an Oscar-winning actor like Regina King chooses to direct her first movie, it’s going to be watched with particularly close scrutiny, so... »

REVIEW: Immersive Sound of Hearing Loss Lifts The Sound of Metal

December 2, 2020 | By
REVIEW: Immersive Sound of Hearing Loss Lifts <em>The Sound of Metal</em>

Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal is about a heavy metal drummer, Ruben Stone (played by Riz Ahmed, in a career best role), as he copes with gradual hearing loss. It is heart-wrenching, emotionally powerful, and captivating, and it would be none of the above without the immersive experience that the seasoned crew creates: the... »

Mank Review

November 9, 2020 | By
<em>Mank</em> Review

You only have to watch the trailer for Mank, Director David Fincher‘s first movie since 2016’s Gone Girl, to realize it’s going to be a bonafide contender in many craft and technical races come 2021. That’s not just because it’s a period piece, or that Fincher uses the conceit of making his first black and white movie... »

Roald Dahl’s The Witches Review

October 22, 2020 | By
<em>Roald Dahl’s The Witches</em> Review

Why another movie based on Roald Dahl’s The Witches — this one directed by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis — might be of interest to crafts and crew would seem obvious, although it’s been so long since I’ve personally seen the 1990 version directed by Nicholas Roeg I wouldn’t even know where to begin if... »

Review: Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks

September 25, 2020 | By
Review: Sofia Coppola’s <em>On The Rocks</em>

Seventeen years ago, filmmaker Sofia Coppola first teamed with actor Bill Murray for her second film, Lost in Translation. It changed so much for everyone involved, especially Coppola, who became only the second woman to get an Oscar nomination for her directing. Following a recent Christmas special for Netflix, Coppola and Murray reunite for... »

Mulan Review

September 3, 2020 | By
<em>Mulan</em> Review

In 1998, Walt Disney Pictures released the animated movie Mulan, based on the Chinese narrative poem, The Ballad of Mulan. As with so many other animated movies from that period, Disney decided to convert Mulan into a live action epic, similar to last year’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast a few years earlier. Helming... »

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