Theron Tackles Motherhood in Uneven ‘Tully’

Motherhood, a frequent favorite subject of Hollywood, has been the source of conflict in many a melodrama in film’s early days of glory (see the enduring popularity of stories such as “Mildred Pierce”). But filmmakers — largely male — often don’t give the topic the nuanced treatment it deserves. “Tully,” the latest collaboration between director [...]

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With ‘Solo,’ the Cup is Half Empty

Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures “Solo,” the latest installment in the “Star Wars” series, retreads its title character’s legendary shenanigans with occasional bursts of entertainment. Sadly, it’s a pointless motion picture. “Star Wars” has built upon its already massive cultural following since Disney purchased the franchise in October 2012. The newest trilogy of films is [...]

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‘A Quiet Place’ Silent but Deadly

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures. Cinema is a story told through images. The medium itself was born in the nitrate fire of silence, defined by visual storytelling. With the advent of sound, the audible side of filmmaking became a complement to the visual. Thus, films often don’t contain the care behind the camera to utilize both [...]

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‘Isle of Dogs’ Boasts a Strong Pack of Good Boys

Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures You won’t hear a more instantly recognizable name in American independent cinema than Wes Anderson. The Austin, Texas-based auteur has carved out his own corner of the cinematic landscape, filling it with his idiosyncratic style and continued cult and mainstream success. As detailed as he is visually, and as singular [...]

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‘Unsane’ is Horror for the #MeToo Generation

Courtesy of Fingerprint Releasing / Bleecker Street The archetype of the final girl is one as old as slasher film history. Mostly young, virginal women, they are the sharp protagonists that avoid a killer’s blade until the bitter end. However, most horror films don’t take the time to explore the horrors of living life as [...]

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