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The Fabelmans Review: Steven Spielberg Takes on His Love of Movies With This “Instant Classic” Based on His Own Childhood

There are no living directors (and perhaps not even dead ones) who can combine the utter originality of Steven Spielberg’s projects with his pinpoint perfection when it comes to technical and emotional moviemaking. Few filmmakers have been able to so entertain audiences, while wowing them with effects and adventure, pulling at the emotional heartstrings, and showcasing persistently original, intelligent content. In short, Steven Spielberg, even when remaking a movie, is […]

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Glass Onion Review: Too Many Convoluted Layers Nearly Rot Netflix’s Star-Studded Knives Out Sequel 

Great, timeless detectives are hard to come by, and many world-renowned authors have tried but failed to achieve Sherlock Holmes/Hercule Poirot-levels of gumshoe immortality. It is too soon to tell whether Rian Johnson’s Benoit Blanc, played with sarcastic aplomb by Daniel Craig in the Knives Out movies, will become an icon among movie detectives or be forgotten in the annals of murder mystery history, for Glass Onion, the second entry in […]

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Empire of Light Review: Olivia Colman Shines in Sam Mendes’ Nostalgic Ode to the Power of Love and Cinema

Director Sam Mendes returns to the big screen with Empire of Light, which he described at the Telluride Film Festival world premiere as his most personal film yet. The film stars Oscar winner Olivia Colman as Hilary Small, who manages a local movie theater in a Southern English coastal town. Eventually, Hilary develops a romantic relationship with a new staffer named Stephen (Micheal Ward) who works the ticket booth. He […]

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Tár Review: A Brilliant Cate Blanchett Tackles Cancel Culture and Powerful Women With Help From Director Todd Field

Two-thirds of the way through the 160-minute runtime of Cate Blanchett’s new festival vehicle Tár, the titular protagonist Lydia Tár is seen with her face bloodied, her eye swollen, and her nose broken. She is battered because of an excursion gone wrong, but that is beside the point — these broken features are emblematic of what is required to reach the pinnacle of success in most industries, particularly for women, […]

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Women Talking Review: Sarah Polley’s Exquisite Drama Shows No Fear in Taking on the Patriarchy

Canadian director Sarah Polley (Away With Her, Take This Waltz) has made her best film yet with Women Talking, the first feature she has directed in a decade. The movie had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival last week, and it’s based on Miriam Toews‘ 2018 novel, which follows eight Mennonite women as they debate whether to leave their religious colony after being repeatedly drugged and raped by […]

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Bardo Review: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Deeply Personal Biopic Is Moving But Rambling 

Kudos to director Alejandro González Iñárritu for bravely bucking the “90 minutes is too long to sit still” trend that defines our restless, unfocused generations. His new film Bardo (or False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths) — the title itself augurs length — screened this past week at both the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals, clocking in at a whopping 174 minutes, almost as if to say: “don’t @ […]

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Beast Review: It’s the Script That Nearly Slays Idris Elba in Thrilling Killer Lion Movie

The subgenre of animal horror has featured sharks, tarantulas, alligators, and even dinosaurs, but not since Scar dug his claws into Mufasa have lions been as scary as the one hunting humans in the new Idris Elba movie Beast, which hails from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur and roars into theaters this weekend courtesy of Universal Pictures. Beast opens by paying homage Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws, giving us just a glimpse of the […]

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Ted Lasso Makeup Designer and Hairstylist Nicky Austin on the Coach’s Mustache and How Nate’s Hair Tells a Story

We conclude our Ted Lasso below-the-line trilogy by speaking to Nicky Austin, the show’s lead Makeup Designer and Hairstylist, who is up for one of the show’s 20 Emmy nominations this year — the same total as last year, by the way. Ted Lasso follows an American football coach (Jason Sudeikis) who scores a job overseas coaching the English soccer team AFC Richmond, which is owned by Rebecca Walton (Hannah […]

Ted Lasso
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Ted Lasso Sound Editors Brent Findley and Bernard Weiser on Making 10 People Feel Like a Stadium Full of 10,000 Soccer Fans

We continue our conversation with the Emmy-nominated below-the-line talent behind Ted Lasso, which leads the comedy pack in terms of Emmy nominations this year. The show hails from Apple TV+ and Warner Bros. Television and stars Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple, and Brett Goldstein, three of whom (Sudeikis, Waddingham, and Goldstein) won Emmys for their work. Earlier today, we spoke to the show’s Emmy-nominated re-recording mixers Ryan Kennedy […]

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Ted Lasso Sound Mixers Ryan Kennedy and Sean Byrne on the Secret to Making AFC Richmond’s Games Feel Authentic

Apple’s flagship series Ted Lasso earned 20 Emmy nominations for the second straight year, leading all comedies, even though there were plenty of dramatic moments laced throughout its emotional second season. The show stars Jason Sudeikis as the titular soccer coach, who is on a journey to transform himself as both a leader of men and as a man himself. Originally envisioned as a spoof of sorts, the Ted Lasso […]