Browsing all articles from March, 2017.

Men, Mid-Life, Melancholy: Danny Boyle on the Bittersweet Irreverence of T2: Trainspotting

Men, Mid-Life, Melancholy: Danny Boyle on the Bittersweet Irreverence of T2: Trainspotting 

Danny Boyle, the celebrated British filmmaker who won the Oscar for 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire, makes pictures—notably Shallow Grave, 28 Days Later, The Beach, 127 Hours and Steve Jobs—that are visual and aural tapestries of throbbing momentum, precisely shot, edited and scored, aces at seizing an audience, whether saving the world from a global pandemic, saving […]

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Life

Life 

*** Say what you will about Life—that’s it’s a knock-off, a B-movie, whatever—but you might also say that it’s tautly directed, well-acted and most importantly, has a creature that is truly scary. That’s not an easy thing to do in today’s CGI-infested landscape, but it works here, and it’s about all that is required. The […]

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Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper 

***1/2 Olivier Assays’ startling new character study, Personal Shopper, is a movie about loss and guilt and identity, enervated by a terrific Kristen Stewart. It’s also an offbeat ghost story that subverts genre to get at something deeper, and more mysterious. Their first collaboration together, Clouds of Sils Maria, found Stewart as a no-nonsense personal […]

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast 

* * * 1/2 Magical, winning and transporting, Bill Condon’s live-action adaptation of the famous “tale as old as time” is a complete success on all counts. Beauty and the Beast looks great, sounds great and generates real enchantment. What’s not to like? It’s been 26-years since Disney’s now legendary version became the first animated […]

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Raw

Raw 

* * * * Descent into insanity or embrace of true nature? The audacious, outrageous French horror film Raw is as unsettling as movies come, a full-blooded freak show with patently serious psychological currents, convicted performances and a lot on its mind about its uncomfortable constitution of feminism, sex, body horror and self-actualization. First time […]

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