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TIFF Review: The Eyes of Tammy Faye Casts Probing Gaze on Famed Televangelist 

September 21, 2021 | By
TIFF Review: <em>The Eyes of Tammy Faye</em> Casts Probing Gaze on Famed Televangelist 

Early on in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, the film’s protagonist, famed American televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, explains to a makeup artist preparing her for an on-screen appearance that almost everything about her gaze has been sealed-on shut. Her eyebrows are tattooed, her eyelashes are glued on, her eyes are permanently delineated, and her... »

Review: Cry Macho Is Not Clint Eastwood in Top-Form

September 15, 2021 | By
Review: <em>Cry Macho</em> Is Not Clint Eastwood in Top-Form

At 91 years old, multiple Oscar-winner Clint Eastwood continues to be a surprisingly active filmmaker. The fact he could make his latest movie, Cry Macho, completely during a pandemic at his age is particularly impressive, although, at this point, some may be wondering if he should continue to star in his own movies, and... »

TIFF Film Review: Dear Evan Hansen Faithfully Adapts Hit Broadway Musical

September 13, 2021 | By
TIFF Film Review: <em>Dear Evan Hansen</em> Faithfully Adapts Hit Broadway Musical

Before they gained movie fame and won an Oscar for writing the songs in La La Land, composing duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul made Broadway names for themselves with the Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Released in 2015, the show won six Tonys, including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for... »

Telluride Review: King Richard Lionizes Williams Family Patriarch

September 12, 2021 | By
Telluride Review: <em>King Richard</em> Lionizes Williams Family Patriarch

Legendary tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams finally get the cinematic treatment in the Warner Bros. movie King Richard, but much like in their real lives, they must share a significant portion of the movie spotlight with their domineering if loving father, Richard Williams, played by Will Smith. This may not be a bad... »

Telluride Review: Cyrano Revisits Old Tale With Lofty New Tricks

September 11, 2021 | By
Telluride Review: <em>Cyrano</em> Revisits Old Tale With Lofty New Tricks

Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac —  about the over-confident, swashbuckling poet whose self-esteem ends where his nose begins —  has been directly or loosely adapted into film over a dozen times in the 130+ years since it was written. Two versions standout: the originally panned but now respected 1950 version film that... »

Telluride Review: Kristen Stewart Embodies Lady Di in Pablo Larrain’s Haunting Spencer

September 9, 2021 | By
Telluride Review: Kristen Stewart Embodies Lady Di in Pablo Larrain’s Haunting <em>Spencer</em>

Chilean Director Pablo Larrain’s ability to portray the sorrow of tragic and well-known women was first revealed to audiences with 2016’s Jackie, about the unfortunate First Lady whose blood-stained pink dress seared her into our collective consciousness about tragedy. This year, Larrain has upped the ante by returning to the topic with a more... »

Telluride Review: Jane Campion’s Exquisite The Power of the Dog Returns Her to the Big Screen

September 8, 2021 | By
Telluride Review: Jane Campion’s Exquisite <em>The Power of the Dog</em> Returns Her to the Big Screen

Twenty years before Chloé Zhao became only the second woman ever to win the Academy Award for Best Director, another woman became only the second to be nominated for that award. Her name is Jane Campion, and in 1993 she won a screenwriting Oscar for The Piano, which landed her that historic Best Director... »

Telluride Review: Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch Sends You in Wildly Different Directions

September 7, 2021 | By
Telluride Review: Wes Anderson’s <em>The French Dispatch</em> Sends You in Wildly Different Directions

Of the currently active directors whose work is thematically and aesthetically recognizable, Wes Anderson stands out as the most vivid, perhaps even the most colorfully imaginative. Like many other auteurs who have achieved a cult following or risen too quickly in popularity, Anderson has also become a victim of his own undeniable talent. Obviously... »

Review: Candyman Elevates Itself Above a Typical Slasher, but Only to a Point

August 25, 2021 | By
Review: <em>Candyman</em> Elevates Itself Above a Typical Slasher, but Only to a Point

Depending on whom you ask, Bernard Rose’s 1992 horror flick Candyman, based on a short story by Clive Barker, was either a horror classic, or it was a quickly forgettable bit of novelty and, later, nostalgia. Clearly, Get Out’s Oscar-winning filmmaker, Jordan Peele, must have fallen in the latter group, because why else would... »

Review: Shang-Chi Redefines the Meaning of “Marvel Movie Magic”

August 23, 2021 | By
Review: <em>Shang-Chi</em> Redefines the Meaning of “Marvel Movie Magic”

If you’re anything like me i.e. old, you may remember reading Marvel’s Master of Kung Fu comics long before you even knew who Bruce Lee was or how much that true master of martial arts and his movies inspired the Marvel creators of the ‘70s to make a cheap knock-off. Decades later, Marvel Studios’... »