Film


Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi’ jabs, flips Asian American film cliches

LIKE a lot of Asian actors, Simu Liu has played the nameless guy who can do martial arts but inevitably loses out to a more skilled white guy. It was one of his very first stunt jobs. “Yeah, I took my ...

September 12, 2021, Sunday


‘Together’ is an actor’s dream for James McAvoy & Sharon Horgan

JAMES McAvoy and Sharon Horgan didn’t know one another prior to this year, but the two actors got very familiar very quickly thanks to the new film “Together,” a cutting examination of a failing relationship ...

September 5, 2021, Sunday


A past-obsessed underwater world in peril

JUST as surely as climate change is scarring the land and warming the seas, it is also flooding our movies. The planet’s imperiled future has been in the DNA of disaster movies like “The Day After Tomorrow” ...

August 29, 2021, Sunday


‘The Protege’ aims high but falls on its pretty face

Maggie Q should really be the star of “The Protege.” She’s in virtually every scene, whether covered in blood or couture. But top billing for this thriller goes to Michael Keaton, who saunters in by the ...

August 29, 2021, Sunday


Welcome to a family you may never forget

THEY say silence is golden. It’s a silly phrase, but it takes on an urgent poignancy for three stunning minutes in “CODA,” Siân Heder’s refreshing, loving and altogether irresistible film about a deaf ...

August 22, 2021, Sunday


‘Free Guy’ a video game version of ‘Truman Show’

In upside-down simulations, time loops and video games turned inside out, a growing body of movies trade on the feeling of living in a false reality — of being a glitch in the matrix. Virtual realities ...

August 22, 2021, Sunday


An eccentric, tortured pop opera for post-modern era

“annette” is a film that’s likely best experienced rather than described. Anyone familiar with the work of French director Leos Carax, best known for the surreal Denis Lavant fantasy “Holy Motors,” probably ...

August 15, 2021, Sunday


Aretha biopic has grace but isn’t amazing

The tag line for the latest biopic about an American icon reads: “Find out what it means.” Good luck with that. After more than two hours of the new messy Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect,” it’s not clear ...

August 15, 2021, Sunday


‘The Green Knight,’ an enchanting Arthurian dream

IT’S a question that’s long vexed scholars of the 14th-century chivalric romance “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” The movie, like the epic poem, is full of mysteries, most of them unspoken. But the ...

August 8, 2021, Sunday


Turning a superhero myth on its head

One little article separates James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” from David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad.” But, oh, what a difference a word makes. Just five years after the train wreck that prompted Warner Brothers ...

August 8, 2021, Sunday




 

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