‘Hal’ Gives an Unsung Hollywood Hero His Due

Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories Hollywood, a decades-old dream factory speckled by the brightest stars, is often nothing more than a dream itself. Beneath that magical commune lies a cold, ruthless machine — one that grinds some of its most brilliant artists into a pulp, consuming their energy and spitting out a used-up lump of white [...]

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‘A Star Is Born’ is a Terrific Telling of a Timeless Tale

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures A young, ambitious talent longs for stardom. Show business swallows their soul — it’s a desperate deal with the devil in exchange for fame and fortune. It’s a tale as old as time, and it’s become one of American popular culture’s stock narratives — partially thanks to the five “A [...]

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Summer 2018 Brought the Heat to the Movies

This summer, moviegoers took part in an annual ritual, flocking to theaters for entertainment, emotional experiences and an escape from the heat. As usual, caped crusaders and franchise fare dominated the box office, but 2018 saw a number of unconventional runaway summer hits, most notably the romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” and the documentary “Won’t [...]

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‘Support the Girls’ is a Tragicomic Triumph for an Excellent Ensemble

Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures Starting in the mid-2000s, the Mumblecore movement was seen by critics as the future of American independent cinema. Its films were made on shoestring budgets, emphasizing dialogue and character relationships above plot. Some of Mumblecore’s most influential figures have risen to considerable fame in the years since the movement’s peak (Joe [...]

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Sundance Winner ‘Cameron Post’ Takes Conversion Therapy to Task

Courtesy of Filmrise With her brilliant 2014 debut film “Appropriate Behaviour,” director Desiree Akhavan probed into her own identity as a bisexual, Persian-American woman. While that film starred Akhavan herself and found comedy in the tribulations of New York youth, her second feature takes a different direction. “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” based on Emily [...]

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