Film


Advanced technology but lifeless movie

Will Smith is usually an asset to a movie. He’s the kind of true movie star whose charisma can elevate even the most mediocre material. You’d think then that it would be a good thing to have not just ...

October 13, 2019, Sunday


An unstoppable fierce tragicomedy

Bong Joon-ho’s film “Parasite” starts in a dingy, half-basement apartment with a family of four barely able to scratch out a life....

October 13, 2019, Sunday


A space odyssey with daddy issues

HAVING stayed rigorously close to his native New York for much of his career, writer-director James Gray has been making up for lost time. His last film, “The Lost City of Z,” journeyed into the Amazon, ...

September 29, 2019, Sunday


Documenting rise and fall of Maradona

WHO’S that amazingly expressive actor they got to play Diego Maradona? Oh wait — this is a documentary, and this is Maradona himself, one of the most fascinating personalities in all of sports, with a ...

September 29, 2019, Sunday


‘Goldfinch’ flight fails to take off

EVERYTHING is beautiful in John Crowley’s adaptation of “The Goldfinch,” even the grilled cheese sandwich that a kind stranger makes for a boy who has just lost his mother. It’s easy to get swept up by ...

September 22, 2019, Sunday


Downton’s overstuffed royal knees up

THE “Downton Abbey” movie isn’t exactly a movie. It’s more like another season of the popular show that’s been condensed to 90 minutes instead of eight hours. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes, ...

September 22, 2019, Sunday


Tale of age and will climbs new heights

IN the northwest of Scotland, there stands a glacier-carved mountain called Suilven. Climbing it is not for the timid. But that’s not a word that describes the unusual heroine determined to conquer Suilven ...

September 8, 2019, Sunday


It is great second half to horror tale

ANDY Muschietti’s first crack at Stephen King’s 1,100-page doorstop, 2017’s “It,” dealt with the first half — the Losers Club, a band of adolescent outcasts, battling the shape-shifting demon clown Pennywise ...

September 8, 2019, Sunday


Studios bank on big-name actors to beat franchises

WHEN 20th Century Fox greenlit James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari” — an original movie with a nearly US$100 million budget — the director’s agent had some advice. “Enjoy this,” Mangold recalled him saying. ...

September 1, 2019, Sunday


Franchise Angel fails to take flight

There is a certain mindless pleasure in the “Fallen” movies. Watching Gerard Butler muscle his way through increasingly preposterous obstacles as a Secret Service agent can be amusing and oddly transfixing ...

August 25, 2019, Sunday




 

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