Browsing all articles from April, 2017.

The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z 

* * * How turn of the century British army officer ended up missing in the Amazon two decades later is the mystery of James Gray’s The Lost City of Z, an enigma of a movie that manages a unique paradox—it absorbs us even while it suspends us in a state of detachment. In telling […]

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The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife 

* * * 1/2 The primary reason to see The Zookeeper’s Wife—and it’s a good one—is a moving performance from Jessica Chastain as real-life World War II heroine Antonina Zabinska, proprietor of the Warsaw Zoo and savior of more than 300 Jews rescued from the Warsaw Ghetto and hidden in her basement while Nazis infiltrated […]

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The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious 

*** You could do a lot worse for popcorn entertainment than the absurdly over-the-top—and intentionally so—The Fate of the Furious, the latest installment in the franchise that started as a muscle car (and muscle star) B-movie about 15 years ago and has now become a huge Hollywood action franchise (that remains a B-movie; funny, that). […]

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Colossal

Colossal 

**** Highly original, fun, dark and even a bit scary, Colossal knows a thing or two about modern relationships, rock bottoms, the male ego and even Japanese Kaiju movies. In what may turn out to be the year’s most original film, writer-director Nacho Vigalondo and producer-star Anne Hathaway deliver a daring movie that confounds genres, […]

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