Winchester Star: Movies

  • Movie review: There’s too much downside to 'The Upside'
    Friday - 01/11/2019 - 05:49 AM

     “The Upside,” a remake of the smash 2011 French hit “The Intouchables,” is little more than a standard-issue buddy comedy. The jokes are lame, save for an odd wisecrack or sight gag, and the characters walking-talking clichés.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • GET REEL: What to watch this awards season
    Sunday - 01/06/2019 - 10:58 AM

    The movie awards season has arrived, which means critics groups have begun nominating and bestowing honors on films that many in the public haven’t seen because the films haven’t been released yet or weren't popular enough to warrant their notice.Fortunately, not all the nominees have flown under the radar and some that have been ignored, for whatever reason, deserve to be seen.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The films of 2018 that I’m ready to watch again
    Sunday - 12/30/2018 - 02:30 PM

    I don’t use the word “best” in my year-end film pieces anymore. Too many people tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about. I now go for the word “favorites,” as in the films I liked most, the ones that spoke to me, that showed me something I hadn’t seen before or made me laugh or cry or triggered some other sort of emotional reaction.Going at it by the numbers, I watched 132 new movies in 2018, a bit down from my usual average [...]

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  • IT'S A WRAP: His best movies of 2018
    Friday - 12/28/2018 - 02:50 AM

    From a critic’s standpoint, 2018 has been one of the best years in decades for movies. In fact, the pantry is so full of goodies I don’t think I’ll ever digest it all.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: 'If Beale Street Could Talk' says a lot about love and racial injustice
    Monday - 12/24/2018 - 03:50 AM

    When James Baldwin’s lovely, lacerating “If Beale Street Could Talk” was published, it was in the spring of 1974. That was 44 years ago. Forty-four years! Think about that; then see Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-worthy adaptation and prepare to despair over the lack of change in a criminal justice system that still targets – yes, TARGETS – young black men for incarceration.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: 'Aquaman' is a waterlogged mess
    Thursday - 12/20/2018 - 01:23 AM

    The idea of an Aquaman movie was deemed so ridiculous that it was satirized on HBO’s “Entourage.” Even more so, the Protector of the Deep has often been the target of mean barbs tossed on “The Big Bang Theory,” “South Park” and “Family Guy,” where he was called lame and his costume “stupid.” And yet, in spite of being labeled one of the lesser heroes in the Justice League, here we are with “Aquaman,” [...]

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  • Movie review: Emily Blunt is perfect as Mary Poppins
    Saturday - 12/15/2018 - 03:35 AM

     “Mary Poppins Returns,” Disney's follow up to its Oscar-winning 1964 original, is just the spoonful of sugar to dilute the bitter medicine needed to combat these divisive times. Side effects might include spontaneous bursts of holiday cheer, moments of enchantment and enough heart to “flippity flop” more than a few Scrooges.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Julia Roberts delivers powerful performance in 'Ben Is Back'
    Friday - 12/14/2018 - 04:14 AM

    A quaint and snow-covered village, twinkling lights and a church choir singing “O Holy Night” set the scene for “Ben Is Back.” But on this Christmas Eve, there’s no Yuletide cheer, only the gift of Julia Roberts as a tenacious mother heartbreakingly going full-throttle to rescue her drug-addicted son (Lucas Hedges).More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • GET REEL: Watch with the animals
    Sunday - 12/09/2018 - 05:00 AM

    It's time to visit animal house. No, not the film about the party-hardy fraternity. This house provides a home for films featuring live-action animals in significant roles. In other words, no animated animals are allowed in, though animals created with special effects will be accepted.The problem with writing about films with animated animals is that there's so many of them that Noah couldn't fit them all on a fleet of arks.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' is an epic of life and love
    Thursday - 12/06/2018 - 03:25 AM

               “Roma” is a movie only in name. It’s more an aural and visual experience that envelops your body before penetrating your soul. It moves you; it changes you, all while dazzling you with its artistic achievement.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • After Golden Globes, people are going gaga for Steve Carell
    Wednesday - 01/09/2019 - 04:49 PM

    Steve Carell continues to give Aerosmith's Steven Tyler good competition for the title of The Pride of Marshfield. At Sunday’s Golden Globes, Carell delivered a funny and warm introduction of Carol Burnett before presenting her the inaugural Carol Burnett Award for lifetime achievement in television.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • And the winners are….
    Sunday - 01/06/2019 - 01:00 AM

    The movie awards season has arrived, which means critics groups have begun nominating and bestowing honors on films that many in the public haven’t seen because the films haven’t been released yet or weren't popular enough to warrant their notice.Fortunately, not all the nominees have flown under the radar and some that have been ignored, for whatever reason, deserve to be seen.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • IT'S A WRAP: Her best movies of 2018
    Friday - 12/28/2018 - 01:53 AM

    Movies matter. They can turn your world upside. They can inspire, motivate and on the flipside, anger. I go the movies to laugh, to cry, to get swept away by a story and its characters.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: 'On the Basis of Sex' doesn't do RBG justice
    Monday - 12/24/2018 - 03:52 AM

    If you saw the marvelous documentary “RBG,” you know Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is obsessed with opera. Next to the law, it’s her highest aria of expertise. And most aficionados will tell you the key to any successful production is an essential ability to strike the high notes.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Marwen’ welcomes us to the dollhouse
    Thursday - 12/20/2018 - 03:38 PM

    Fans of high-concept, visually stunning movies with an often-confounded protagonist at its center are most likely fans of Robert Zemeckis. His directing résumé includes “Forrest Gump,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” and all three entries in the “Back to the Future” series.Now he’s taken on – with co-writer Caroline Thompson (“Edward Scissorhands,” “Corpse Bride”) – a dramatic adaptation of [...]

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  • MOVIE REVIEW: Momoa goes under the sea in 'Aquaman'
    Monday - 12/17/2018 - 04:01 PM

    The comic book world usually kept Aquaman in the second tier of characters, at least when I was growing up reading them – back when they still cost 12 cents.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Rival queens go head-to-head in 'Mary Queen of Scots'
    Friday - 12/14/2018 - 02:47 AM

    “How cruel men are.” Or so says Queen Elizabeth I in the period drama “Mary Queen of Scots.” Yes, even in 16th-century England, it’s boys drool, girls rule.Starring a pair of 2018 Oscar nominees in Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), the movie pits Robbie’s raven-haired, alabaster-skinned Elizabeth against her rival monarch and first cousin, Ronan’s Mary Stuart, in a scrum for the [...]

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  • Movie review: ‘Mortal Engines’ sputters out with energetic overkill
    Friday - 12/14/2018 - 02:21 AM

    Philip Reeves’ post-apocalyptic adventure quartet of books that started with “The Mortal Engines” almost two decades ago finally makes it to cinema adaptation form. But though it’s a stunning, spectacular-looking example of visual effects work from beginning to end, with cities and towns set on wheels and roaring across devastated landscapes, this first film is also a mass of confusion.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Mark Wahlberg combines his talents in 'Instant Family'
    Thursday - 12/06/2018 - 02:11 PM

    The first time anyone really had a hint of some acting talent in Mark Wahlberg was after he had gotten past his Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch hip-hop days.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • FILM REVIEW: ‘The Favourite’ favors an oddball take on historical drama
    Friday - 11/30/2018 - 11:43 AM

    It’s safe to say that the English-language films of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos aren’t exactly of the mainstream. “The Lobster” (2015) was about people who, if they couldn’t find someone to fall in love with at the end of a specified time limit, were turned into a wild animal of their choice.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Nicole Kidman's performance is the only reason to see 'Destroyer'
    Thursday - 01/10/2019 - 11:02 AM

    Actresses glamming down is a proven Oscar aphrodisiac. Just ask Charlize Theron, rendering herself hideous in a “Monster” achievement. A similar ploy benefited Nicole Kidman in “The Hours,” earning her a golden statuette (literally) by a nose.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • 2019 MOVIE PREVIEW: All the big films hitting this year
    Thursday - 01/03/2019 - 02:22 PM

    The ink is barely dry on my postmortem of the best movies of 2018 and I’m already looking ahead to 2019 in anticipation of the next “Roma,” “Black Panther” or “Crazy Rich Asians.” And how can you not be psyched by the prospects of films directed by Oscar-winners Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee and Quentin Tarantino, and featuring high-wattage stars the caliber of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Tom Hanks?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Best of 2018: Film critic Ed Symkus' favorite films of the year
    Sunday - 12/30/2018 - 10:54 AM

    I don’t use the word “best” in my year-end film pieces anymore. Too many people tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about. I now go for the word “favorites,” as in the films I liked most, the ones that spoke to me, that showed me something I hadn’t seen before or made me laugh or cry or triggered some other sort of emotional reaction.Going at it by the numbers, I watched 132 new movies in 2018, a bit down from my usual average [...]

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  • Movie review: Cheney biopic 'Vice' is second to none
    Monday - 12/24/2018 - 02:39 AM

    How much damage can one man do? Quite a lot if your name is Dick Cheney, aka the self-identified Darth Vader of American politics. You name it, he’s either destroyed it, or messed it up but good.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Looks can kill in 'Bird Box'
    Friday - 12/21/2018 - 02:15 AM

    Some of us need a nudge into motherhood. In the horror-fable “Bird Box,” Sandra Bullock’s Malorie requires an apocalypse. A reluctant mother-to-be, Malorie finds herself in the middle of Armageddon, facing the unknown in more ways than one.Director Susanne Bier and screenwriter Eric Heisserer, adapting the Josh Malerman novel, imagines a world decimated by a mysterious force that if looked at causes you to commit suicide.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Boston film critics name 'If Beale Street Could Talk' the year's best film
    Sunday - 12/16/2018 - 07:45 PM

    The Boston Society of Film Critics honored "If Beale Street Could Talk," a story of love and racial injustice, with three awards, including best picture at its 38th annual meeting Sunday.The Barry Jenkins-directed drama – his first film since his Oscar-winning "Moonlight" - also earned nods for Nicholas Britell’s score and Regina King’s standout supporting role as a righteous mother fighting on behalf of her pregnant daughter.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: A vexing 'Vox Lux'
    Friday - 12/14/2018 - 02:46 AM

    I’m vexed by “Vox Lux.” On one hand, I love what it’s about; on the other, I’m not sure what I think it’s about is what it’s about. Make sense?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: A well-spun 'Spider-Verse'
    Thursday - 12/13/2018 - 04:45 AM

    What’s that you say? The superhero genre is oversaturated, overwrought and overstuffed? I could get behind that sentiment if it weren’t for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” The totally surprising animated delight shows that comic-book movies are far from passe.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Roger Ailes documentary paints a picture of a paranoid bully
    Friday - 12/07/2018 - 02:36 AM

    Without Roger Ailes, there would have been no President Richard Nixon, no President George H.W. Bush and definitely no President Donald Trump. All three were blessed by the keen mind of a master manipulator who knew how to sell political candidates like Apple sells iPhones.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: 'Shoplifters' will steal your heart
    Friday - 11/30/2018 - 02:29 AM

    If Dickens were alive and living in Tokyo, he no doubt would write something very much like “Shoplifters,” a modern spin on “Oliver Twist” in which a multigenerational clan of miscreants tries their illegal best to fend off an unaccepting society insistent on kicking them to the side of the road.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share