Film


‘Hamilfilm’ grasps revolutionary spirit

LIN-MANUEL Miranda likes to picture the millionaire Mr Howell from “Gilligan’s Island,” saying the brag. You know the one. “Well, I saw it with the original cast.” On Friday, Miranda stole that boast ...

July 5, 2020, Sunday


Spike Lee answers the US patriot question

Spike Lee was 10 in 1967 when Muhammad Ali refused to be drafted into Vietnam. It wasn’t his fight, Ali said. The Vietnamese “never lynched me.” Ali’s stand, and the subsequent vitriol that came his ...

June 14, 2020, Sunday


Pandemic cripples Nigeria’s film industry

AS COVID-19 shuts down businesses around the world and forces billions to stay home, Nigerian director Obi Emelonye came up with an innovative way to continue filming. Inspired by his wife’s teleconferencing ...

June 7, 2020, Sunday


Retracing Odysseus’ journey

THERE was never supposed to be more than one “Trip” for Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and director Michael Winterbottom. But, however improbably, the band came back together for a second, third and, now, a ...

May 31, 2020, Sunday


Low-budget film noir like a Twilight Zone episode

“THE Vast of Night,” a micro-budget film noir set in 1950s New Mexico, crackles with B-movie electricity. It’s one of those little miracles — a directorial debut made for almost nothing that establishes ...

May 31, 2020, Sunday


A grotesque, inglorious look at Al Capone’s demise

AL Capone lived his final years on a grand estate in Palm Island, Florida, with his wife Mae by his side and grandchildren running around the property. It sounds like a pretty nice end for the notorious ...

May 24, 2020, Sunday


The many moods of an actor during quarantine

KUMAIL Nanjiani has a few names for quarantine life. He has divided time firmly between “pre-Hanks/Wilson” and “post-Hanks/Wilson,” referring to the early COVID-19 diagnosis for Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. ...

May 24, 2020, Sunday


Cannes in B&W: A look back at the festival’s glory years

ARNOLD Schwarzenegger flexing for onlookers on the beach. Alfred Hitchcock riding his bike on the docks. John Lennon and Yoko Ono strolling along the Croisette. A beaming Sidney Poitier arriving at the ...

May 17, 2020, Sunday


Morrigan shines as teenage dreamer

SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein) lives a romantic and exciting life, at least in her imagination. The heroine of “How to Build A Girl” has (what she perceives to be) the misfortune ...

May 17, 2020, Sunday


Documentary examines Biosphere II

DURING lockdown, have you taken a moment to appreciate that at least you’re not quarantined with eight free-thinking adventurers in a terrarium of depleting oxygen levels? Matt Wolf’s documentary “Spaceship ...

May 17, 2020, Sunday




 

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