Browsing all articles from June, 2017.

The Beguiled

The Beguiled 

*** Sophia Coppola’s The Beguiled, for which she won the directing prize at Cannes this year, is a sum of its parts picture with enough going for it to recommend, but not quite enough to transcend its inherently pulpy story. But it sure is fun while it lasts. Based on Don Siegel’s 1971 film of […]

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Maudie

Maudie 

*** 1/2 Renowned Nova Scotia folk artist Maude Lewis get a biopic in Maudie, a portrait of an artist that spans succeeds in being extraordinarily affecting in the hands of star Sally Hawkins. Working from a screenplay by Sherry White, Irish director Aisling Walsh follows Lewis from the 1938 to 1970, and Hawkins’ revelatory performance […]

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Beatriz at Dinner

Beatriz at Dinner 

***1/2 Beatriz at Dinner may be a wisp of a movie—the credits roll at about the 70-minute mark—but it’s one that couldn’t feel more timely and tapped into the current zeitgeist of what it’s like to be a have or have not in contemporary America. However, which of the two principal characters fits those descriptors […]

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman 

*** 1/2 A rousing new superhero movie, which sounds like an oxymoron, is exactly what director Patty Jenkins has delivered in Wonder Woman, the new DC action hero picture that avoids the tropes of most superhero movies—over-the-top special effects, cynical calculation and bored performers—and signals the arrival of a major new screen star in Gal […]

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