Is there a woman in popular culture more known and less knowable than Jacqueline Kennedy? Sheâs the ultimate cipher icon â the almost realized dream of American royalty, a beautiful enigma frozen in pink bouclÃ©.
Michelle Smith is 20 years old. She likes cats and old Âepisodes of the MTV show Daria. Sheâs got a kinky boyfriend whom her mom and stepdad arenât crazy about.
On the moral-authority scale, government lobbyists probably land somewhere between Vladimir Putin and those guys who sell protein supplements on the internet: Theyâre all venal pay-to-play opportunists, ruthless political animals who will do or say anything for the endgame.
Lion is one true story but two very different movies. The better one comes first. In late-â80sÂ Central India, a 5-year-old boy named Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets separated from his older brother.
With bone-rattling timbre, a ripped physique, and charming British sensibility, itâs no surprise as to why Idris Elba has been touted as a worthy successor to the James Bond throne.
Misery, thy name is highÂ school. And Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) would rather shuffle off this mortal coil than have to deal with one more day of social Darwinism and millennial ennui.
If Netflix is serious about becoming a major player in the original-movies game, theyâre going to have to do better than True Memoirs of an International Assassin. A sort of big-and-tall-shop riff on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the uninspired action-comedy stars affable ...C
Few directors in the world have been as reliable as Ang Lee. Since his breakout film, The Wedding Banquet, released 23 years ago, his 10 films since that initial Oscar-nominated success have included probably the best Jane Austen adaptation (Sense and Sensibility), possibly one of the...C-
Between The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and The Princess and the Frog, directors Ron Clements and John Musker are responsible for helming some of Disneyâs most iconic animated films. With their latest effort, they turn to the South Pacific, and not only does Moana ...A-
It seems fitting that Mel Gibson, a man who knows a few things about cinematic battlefields, has chosen to turn the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss â the WWII medic and self-proclaimed pacifist who won a Medal of Honor without ever laying his hands on a weapon â into a movie.
Writer-director Nicolas Pesceâs beautifully photographed but aggressively unpleasant art-house horror film will no doubt have its champions, but it wonât find one here. The Eyes of My Mother tells the story of a young girl named Francisca (Olivia Bond) who grows up on a remote farm with...C-
In 2007, writer-director Anna Biller conjured one of the most delightfully idiosyncratic movies in years with the day-glo indie Viva. As oxymoronic as it sounds, the film was a sort of feminist tribute to the leering sex-bomb cinema of Russ Meyer.
Thereâs something decidedly old-fashionedÂ about the new Brad Pitt-Marion Cotillard spy thriller, Allied. And that ends up being a good thing. Itâs the sort of twisty, romantic, smart-but-not-too-smart espionage film that Hollywood has all but given up on in recent years as it shamelessly...B+
Hollywood icon, legendary lothario,Â reclusive man of mystery: Itâs not hard to imagine what drew Warren Beatty to Howard Hughes. Aside from the obvious traits the two men share, the late tycoonâs wild life (Sex!
Reviews of Tom Fordâs movies rarely fail to mention up top that he is a fashion designer first and a director second â as if his midcareer swerve into cinema is some kind of experiment in long-form fragrance ads, not actual filmmaking.
Professional boxing has been on the ropes for a while now, but you wouldnât know it. Hollywood canât seem to throw in the towel. Hard on the heels of Southpaw, Creed, and Hands of Stone, comes director Ben Youngerâs Bleed for Thisâa biopic of the blue-collar...B-
Is there a better living actress than Isabelle Huppert? If there is, Iâm all ears. Because with each of her films that makes its way Stateside, the case gets more overwhelming.
Do they come in peace? Thatâs the question at the center of every story that invites us to imagine we might not be the only sentient beings in the reach of 200 billion-or-so known galaxies.
Itâs not just good to beÂ a Troll; itâs amazing. Danish toy maker Thomas Damâs oddly endearing creations â with their squat little bodies, cottony tufts of hair, and Karl Malden noses â seem designed for a kind of pure, gnomic joy.
Despite making 44 moviesâand not just any movies, but a handful of indisputable masterpieces like 12 Angry Men, The Verdict, Network, and Dog Day AfternoonâSidney Lumet never won a Best Director Oscar before his death in 2011.
A classic case of a film whose reach exceeds its grasp, director Sophia Takalâs audacious psychological thriller Always Shine is half of a great movie that ends up trying to be more than it can handle.
A love letter to the theaterâand a deeply poignant one at thatâLonny Priceâs sentimental documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happenedâ¦ is a bittersweet gem. Ostensibly a look back at the making of Stephen Sondheim and Harold Princeâs short-lived 1981 Broadway musical ...A-
Roger Zelaznyâs 1967 science-fiction novel Lord of Light starts with its protagonist being rescued from Heaven against his will. âSamâ had passed on to an ethereal, Nirvana-like afterlife, but unfortunately his services are still needed in the mortal realm, so his friends forcibly bring...B-
Back in 2012, a London musician and former heroin addict named James Bowen published a touching memoir about his struggles with homelessness and how an orange stray cat, who he christened âBob,â entered his life and helped keep him on the road to sobriety.
Some writer-directors, like Woody Allen, manage to crank out a film a year like clockwork. Others, like Kenneth Lonergan, take their sweet time. Heâs directed just two previous movies (2000âs You Can Count on Me and 2011âs Margaret), but rarely has our patience been as rewarded as...A
if youâre a publicly traded 21st-century media conglomerate, itâs fiscally irresponsible to leave profits on the tableâespecially if theyâre Hogwarts-size profits. Warner Bros., which has raked in roughly $10 billion with its eight Harry Potter films, must have felt a sense of what-next dread after...B-
In the horror genre, sometimes the real monster is humanity, as the Walking Dead TV show is keen to demonstrate. Sometimes, however, the real monster is an actual outsize, razor-toothed monster, waiting out in the darkness of the forest to pounce on any folks luckless enough to wind up in...B
Itâs November, which means the radio is already broadcasting Bing Crosby, the stores are decked out in tinsel, and the
theaters are playing holiday comedies about dysfunctional families. This yearâs entry, David E.
Jeff Nicholsâ latest film opens with a young couple sitting on a porch at dusk. The woman nervously whispers that sheâs pregnant, unsure how her lover will react. To her relief, it comes as good news.
With our national headlines currently stuck in a rather toxic cycle, stories that value compassion, empathy, and the power of connection in the face of seemingly insurmountable barriers have special value.