Winchester Star: Movies

  • Movie review: Words wound in Oscar-nominated 'Insult'
    Friday - 02/16/2018 - 04:38 AM

     The world probably would be a better place if we all kept our mouths shut. Or, at least that’s the takeaway from “The Insult,” the Oscar-nominated courtroom drama from former Quentin Tarantino sidekick Ziad Doueiri.In it, the Lebanon native takes a harsh look at his homeland and the uneasy alliance between the ruling Christians and the ever-expanding Muslim population, many of whom are exiled Palestinians.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: '15:17 to Paris' never leaves the station
    Thursday - 02/08/2018 - 05:29 PM

     Even the great ones fall down sometimes – just ask Bill Belichick. And like the Patriots head coach whose team came up short this week in Super Bowl LVII, Oscar-winner filmmaker Clint Eastwood falls off the rails with his latest, “The 15:17 to Paris.” It’s the true telling of how three American soldiers from Sacramento, Calif., took down a gunman locked and loaded with an AK-47 and 300 rounds of ammo on a train bound from Amsterdam to Paris.In [...]

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  • 'Happy End': Another twisted family drama from Haneke
    Saturday - 01/20/2018 - 07:00 AM

    Michael Haneke, bless his nihilistic heart, can always be counted on to be the antidote to Hollywood pap like the sappy "Wonder." His "family films" offer zero warmth, little compassion and suicidal characters who’ve had it with phoniness and insincerity.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Documentary looks at Obama's last year in office
    Friday - 01/19/2018 - 07:30 AM

    Can you remember the last time the United States wasn’t the laughingstock of the world? Hint: It was just 12 months ago. Yet, it feels like ages, a sense verified by "The Final Year," Greg Barker’s documentary about the Obama administration’s attempts to create a smooth foreign relations transition for President-elect Hillary Clinton.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Three questions with ‘12 Strong’s’ Chris Hemsworth
    Thursday - 01/18/2018 - 08:58 AM

    The Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth is always going to be remembered for bulking up, donning a blond wig, and playing the hammer-wielding Thor. We know that; he knows that. But he’s been in the business, first on TV in Australia, then in American movies, for a decade and a half, taking on all sorts of roles.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movies: 'Paddington 2' is a delight
    Friday - 01/12/2018 - 07:00 AM

    You gotta love a kid’s movie that mercilessly pokes fun at pardoned jailbird Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the hate-based Brexit initiative, while also turning London into an ideal habitat for an enterprising bear hungry for marmalade.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movies: Train thriller 'Commuter' quickly goes off track
    Thursday - 01/11/2018 - 04:53 PM

    In "The Commuter," another late-career actioner, Liam Neeson takes his save-the-day shenanigans aboard the 6:25 train to Cold Spring, a bumpy ride on which he must root out bad guys or it’s the end of the line for his family.The movie marks the fourth collaboration between Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra, and no shock, it pretty much follows the formula of the other three, "Non-stop," "Run All Night" and "Unknown." The only exception is the railroad setting.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Oprah, 'Three Billboards' triumph at black-draped Golden Globes
    Monday - 01/08/2018 - 11:24 AM

    With a red carpet dyed black by actresses dressed in a color-coordinated statement, the Golden Globes were transformed into an A-list expression of female empowerment in the post-Harvey Weinstein era.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: Meryl Streep stands tall in journalism drama 'The Post'
    Thursday - 01/04/2018 - 05:11 PM

    Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black famously wrote that the purpose of a free-and-unfettered press is "to serve the governed not the governors." Somebody should try telling that to Donald Trump, who believes the Fourth Estate’s purpose is to merely sing his praises.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Keith Powers: Destruction of the sanctuary
    Friday - 12/29/2017 - 04:14 PM

    We should be remembering this summer’s Quarry Dance at Flat Ledge in Rockport, which brought us closer to the inner and outer beauty that exists everywhere.But we won’t.We should be talking about Georgia O’Keeffe.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: All pain, no pleasure in 'Fifty Shades Freed'
    Thursday - 02/08/2018 - 01:58 PM

    Fans of E.L. James’ love-and-bondage novels will recognize “red” as the safe word gullible Anastasia assigns when she enters the infamous BDSM “Playroom” escorted by the plasticized tycoon of kink, Christian Grey.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: 'BPM,' a thrillingly ambitious portrait of Aids activism
    Thursday - 02/01/2018 - 03:23 PM

    There have been dozens of films about the AIDS epidemic, but few as powerful and transcendent as Robin Campillo’s Cannes prize-winner “BPM (Beats per Minute).” It thrives on its writer-director’s choice to approach the issue from a political slant, drawing on his own experiences as a member of the Paris chapter of ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power).More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movies: A good old heist story in 'Den of Thieves'
    Friday - 01/19/2018 - 07:15 AM

    Los Angeles is best known for being the place that most movies are made. But it’s also infamous for its traffic jams and its electrical system brownouts and, according to the statistics printed across the screen in the opening moments of "Den of Thieves," for being the bank robbery capital of the world.Yes, it’s another heist movie, a popular genre ("The Brink’s Job," "Ocean’s 11," "Dog Day Afternoon") that in 2017 was a semi-regular occurrence at cinemas, [...]

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  • Producer Jerry Bruckheimer brings us to the battlefield in ’12 Strong’
    Thursday - 01/18/2018 - 03:00 PM

    When a film begins with a driver’s view from a car hurtling down a long stretch of road under a cloud- and lightning-filled sky – the logo that’s opened every Jerry Bruckheimer production for the past two decades – you know that you’re in for, well, a ride.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • GET REEL: They are women, let them roar
    Sunday - 01/14/2018 - 02:00 AM

    The #MeToo Movement has put women front and center in the news cycle following a seemingly daily round of sexual harassment revelations involving men with high profiles and low moral character.Whether this outrage carries over into the realm of cinema, where the alleged kingpin of sexual abuse Harvey Weinstein resided, remains to be seen.Perhaps it’s just a coincidence that five of the 10 films nominated for Golden Globes as best picture in the drama and musical or [...]

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  • Movies: 'Phantom Thread' weaves mad love story
    Friday - 01/12/2018 - 07:15 AM

    Paul Thomas Anderson’s "Phantom Thread" is part suspenseful romance, part fashion drama, part character study, and wholly unforgettable. It’s not a ghost story, but the movie will haunt you long after the lights come up.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • What's new in theaters
    Wednesday - 01/10/2018 - 09:51 AM

    The CommuterLiam Neeson once again employs his “certain set of skills” to bust heads and enigmatic bad guys in playing an insurance salesman unwittingly caught up in a deadly conspiracy during his nightly commute home.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • 2017 was a big year for entertainers with local ties
    Saturday - 01/06/2018 - 09:09 AM

    Looking back at 2017, the South Shore boasted an active entertainment scene. There was a Tony Award nomination, a Grammy winner, more than our fair share of Hollywood nods, new books, albums and Denzel Washington.Our entertainers really upped the ante in 2017.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Best of 2017: Top 10 best movies, from 'Dunkirk' to 'The Post'
    Sunday - 12/31/2017 - 12:31 PM

    The best of the best made me laugh, cry or cry out in laughter, and I’ve been revisiting moments in these films since their final credits rolled: 1. "Dunkirk," "Their Finest," "Darkest Hour": It’s been a good year for British World War II dramas, so these three share the top spot.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movies: 'Molly's Game' is a sure bet
    Friday - 12/22/2017 - 07:00 AM

    When you ante up the mellifluous writing of Aaron Sorkin with the unparalleled acting of Jessica Chastain, you’re bound to hit the jackpot. And with the high-stakes poker flick, "Molly’s Game," the dynamic duo predictably deal a winning hand with their mostly true story of how burgeoning freestyle Olympics skier Molly Bloom went from negotiating moguls to entertaining them with her exclusive $10,000-to-play card parties in Manhattan and Beverly Hills.Among her high- [...]

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  • Movie review: 'Black Panther' is red hot
    Wednesday - 02/14/2018 - 05:55 PM

     The precious metal vibranium might be abundant on Wakanda, the fictional homeland to Black Panther, but the country’s greatest natural resource is its valiant and dauntless women. And wowza! Director Ryan Coogler hits the jackpot.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Annette Bening props up 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool'
    Thursday - 02/01/2018 - 03:23 PM

     Could the timing be worse for a biopic about a 1950s’ Hollywood flame famous for seducing her teenage stepson right around the same time the lad’s father was allegedly putting the moves on a 16-year-old Natalie Wood?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: 'Small Town Crime' looks awfully familiar
    Friday - 01/19/2018 - 08:00 AM

    If Netflix was going to film a pilot for a 21st century reboot of "The Rockford Files," it would probably look a lot like "Small Town Crime." Only instead of an ethically challenged ex-con in a 1970s muscle car, we’d have an ethically challenged ex-cop in a 1970s muscle car.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • MOVIE REVIEW: ‘12 Strong’ is an excellent study of contemporary war
    Thursday - 01/18/2018 - 08:51 AM

    It’s early morning on September 11, 2001. Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth) has recently come home after a training mission in Kuwait. He’s hanging out with his family when live footage of the World Trade Center attack comes on a TV in the background.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movie review: '12 Strong' tells the true story of the 'Horse Soldiers'
    Thursday - 01/18/2018 - 10:46 AM

    It might have 12 in its title, but make no mistake, the low-rent military drama "12 Strong" is a one-man show for Chris Hemsworth. The dreamy blue-eyed Aussie lifts the entire movie – as lightweight as it is – atop his sculpted shoulders to support a script that empties its canon of war-movie clichés.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movies: Catching up with 'Paddington 2' actor Hugh Grant
    Thursday - 01/11/2018 - 03:21 PM

    It’s safe to say that when we conjure a picture of Hugh Grant in our minds, we see someone on the order of Mr. Nice Guy. We think of the pleasant, appealing roles he’s played in "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "It’s a Boy."Sure, he’s done some less-than-nice characters in, for instance, "Cloud Atlas," but in general, we know what we’re going to get from a Grant performance.So, it’s a bit odd to find him playing what, [...]

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  • Smarter than the average bear
    Wednesday - 01/10/2018 - 06:00 AM

    “Paddington 2,” the charming and funny follow-up to the charming and funny and money-making 2014 “Paddington,” opens with a surprise: a back story for the fuzzy, little, good-natured, oh-so-polite young bear who, in the first film, made his way from the peaceful jungles of Peru to the bustle of London, and a whole new way of life as part of the Brown family.It quickly jumps to the present, where Paddington (voice of Ben Wishaw) has settled in with slightly [...]

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  • Movie review: Western 'Hostiles' shoots blanks
    Thursday - 01/04/2018 - 05:09 PM

    What are we to make of "Hostiles," writer-director Scott Cooper’s existential Western that aims to take our nation’s genocide of Native Americans to task but ends up celebrating a Union captain who claimed "more scalps than Sitting Bull"?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movies: A look back at 2017's highs and lows
    Sunday - 12/31/2017 - 12:31 PM

    In 2017, Hollywood’s profits flatlined as its reputation plummeted with the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman and Louis C.K. hauled up on charges of behavior unbecoming of a star – or a man.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movies: 'Call Me By Your Name' doesn't ring true
    Thursday - 12/21/2017 - 11:22 AM

    The spirit of Eric Rohmer lives vibrantly in the luscious-looking "Call Me by Your Name." But, unfortunately, not his talent. Given all the praise heaped upon director Luca Guadagnino, you’d think he was the second coming of Rohmer, the master of nonjudgmental morality plays like "My Night at Maud’s." He’s not.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share