‘La La Land’ is a love letter to classic Hollywood, a film for film lovers, with nostalgic references to the classic films of yesteryear scattered throughout.
This film about a young black gay man largely transcends politics, offering instead a poignant story about meaning and belonging.
If you’re not planning to show the audience something fresh, the least you can do is film and arrange your clichés with excellence. ‘Sleepless’ could have been named ‘Sleepwalking.’
To behold a Hollywood major conceding defeat in this manner is indeed a rarity. But ‘Monster Trucks’ opens this weekend, and Paramount is already expecting to lose $115 million.
Complex yet reverent, ‘Silence’ explores the meanings and dilemmas of the Christian faith, and decisively sets a new benchmark for religious films.
‘Passengers’ tells us a lot about progressive assumptions regarding society, individualism, and what it means to be human.
It’s hard to believe how heroic Desmond Doss was. So hard, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ director Mel Gibson and producers left some of it out.
This film about interracial romance presents a deeply conservative vision of a good human life.
What could have been a compelling story instead offers one-dimensional characters, terrible dialogue, and contradictory plot points.
Americans disagree whether it’s possible, necessary, or acceptable to focus on men. These movies explore these questions with insightful reflections on American society.
Not all books are meant to be faithfully adapted to screens, and the movie adaptation of ‘A Monster Calls’ would have been well-served to avoid it.
‘Patriots Day’ is a timely, watchable film, an honorable commemoration of the Boston Marathon tragedy, and a heartfelt dedication to the first-responders and law enforcement who saved lives.
With the score, the story of ‘Vertigo’ recedes in importance and the movie lover can luxuriate in the fusion of two art forms, the visual and the musical.
There’s something to be said for nostalgia and for the attempt to update cultural touchstones. But there’s a subtle danger in movie remakes.
No movie better captures the cultural zeitgeist of the America that exists outside of the so-called bubbles than ‘Hell or Highwater,’ even though it’s from a Scotsman.
‘Fences’ is about so much more than merely race relations, for which the critical community mistakenly applauds it to this day.
The heart of ‘Star Wars’ has always been the drama of good and evil and the Force—but ‘Rogue One’ dispenses with these deeper themes.
The cinematic remake of August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning play is not to be missed.
At once colorful and stark, ‘Nocturnal Animals’ is an interesting experiential, artistic film—one that will inspire thought, even if it doesn’t delight.
In all this dream-chasing, where is love? And what if instead of a blissful career your dream becomes—inexorably, inescapably—a person? That’s what ‘La La Land’ asks.
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