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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... »

The Personal History of David Copperfield Review

August 25, 2020 | By
<em>The Personal History of David Copperfield</em> Review

Director: Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, The Death of Stalin); Adapted by Iannucci and Simon Blackwell from the Charles Dickens novel. Plot: Following the life story of David Copperfield (Dev Patel), a young man who comes from a life of poverty in Yarmouth, England, who slowly works his way up the social scale, doing various... »

Review: The One and Only Ivan

August 18, 2020 | By
Review: <em>The One and Only Ivan</em>

Directed by Thea Sharrock (Me Before You); Adapted from Katherine Applegate’s children’s book by Mike White.    Plot: Just off a highway exit, the Big Top Mall is very different from other malls, mainly because it includes a circus run by showman Mack (Bryan Cranston) with a number of animal acts, including the headliner, a silverback... »

Leslie Ann Coles Resurrects Melody Maker in New Documentary

December 18, 2019 | By
Leslie Ann Coles Resurrects <em>Melody Maker</em> in New Documentary

Paul McCartney. Diana Ross. Mick Jagger. Linda Ronstadt. Robert Plant. Icons of rock ‘n’ roll, all photographed by Barrie Wentzell between 1965 and 1975 for Melody Maker, the premiere weekly music magazine in London at the time. Enter Toronto-based filmmaker Leslie Ann Coles, whose new project Melody Makers, releasing today, documents that formative period... »

Contender: Director Jay Roach Bombshell

December 13, 2019 | By
Contender: Director Jay Roach <em>Bombshell</em>

Having directed the recent politically-oriented dramas Recount, Game Change, Trumbo, and All the Way, Jay Roach was naturally offered the Fox News-based drama Bombshell, releasing today. “You only get offered the things that you’ve already done,” Roach revealed of Hollywood’s classic preferences. “I do just have a strong desire to figure out what happened... »