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‘Loving Vincent’ review: Van Gogh’s death, told through stunning images
BaltimoreSun.com / Fri, 13 Oct 2017 04:02:00 PDT

Dorota Kobiela has a deep passion for filmmaking and the works of Vincent van Gogh. She's brought those two loves together to create "Loving Vincent," the most visually stimulating feature film to be released in years.

The film is the result of what can happen when a director is inspired to look...


Oakland Police Department documentary ‘The Force’ advocates for the truth
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:55:00 PDT

Director Peter Nicks got more than he bargained for when he started working on "The Force," a lot more, and we are the beneficiaries.

Winner of a directing award at Sundance, this examination of the internal workings of the Oakland Police Department is the second of a projected trilogy of documentaries...


‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’: One man’s heroine habit
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:05:00 PDT

“Wonder Woman” made $821 million worldwide, so the timing seems ideal for an intimately connected origin story.

The comic book superheroine’s creator, free-thinking psychologist William Moulton Marston, introduced Wonder Woman (initially called Suprema, which sounds like a sugar substitute) in...


‘Lucky’ review: Ode to Harry Dean Stanton
BaltimoreSun.com / Wed, 4 Oct 2017 06:20:00 PDT

Last month Harry Dean Stanton died at 91, after a lifetime of cigarettes, high living and supporting roles he managed to turn into leads while no one was looking. He played a mere two actual leads on film: first in director Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” and now, in his swan song, director John Carroll...


‘The Foreigner’ review: Jackie Chan is a dad out for revenge
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:17:00 PDT

Legendary action star and martial arts maestro Jackie Chan gets his "Taken" moment with the terrorism thriller "The Foreigner," written by David Marconi, directed by frequent Bond director Martin Campbell. Chan co-stars as a man seeking vengeance for the death of his daughter in a bloody London...


Imagine ‘Groundhog Day’ with murder and a flawed victim who must save herself in ‘Happy Death Day’
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:40:00 PDT

“Happy Death Day,” the story of a woman caught in an endless loop of her own death, uses familiar elements from the horror genre — and the classic movie “Groundhog Day” — to deliver its scares with wit and a wink.

It starts with Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe), a sorority sister in desperate need...


‘Marshall’ delivers the heroic bio-pic treatment Thurgood Marshall deserves
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Don't look now, but Supreme Court justices are becoming popular culture avatars.

First, Ruth Bader Ginsburg transmogrified into the Notorious RBG and now a magnetic Chadwick Boseman plays Thurgood Marshall as a confident and charismatic young attorney buff enough to be an action hero in the energetic...


An American romantic goner in Paris and the perverse pleasures of ‘Thirst Street’s’ comic madness
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:20:00 PDT

In the fractured fairy tale “Thirst Street,” micro-indie writer-director Nathan Silver (“Stinking Heaven”) turns a flight attendant’s Parisian fling into a psychodramatic peep show for the Polanski/Chabrol crowd.

American Gina (Lindsay Burdge, from “A Teacher”) has baggage, as narrator Anjelica...


‘Bugs’ documentary explores insect-eating as a cure for world hunger
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:25:00 PDT

If a diet that includes maggots, locusts, termites and buffalo worms doesn’t entirely repel you, then the documentary “Bugs” might prove an intriguing look at the potential future of protein-rich nutrition sources for an expanding world. However, when it comes to food porn, “Babette’s Feast” it...


Michael Fassbender won’t melt your heart in the dreadfully incoherent thriller ‘The Snowman’
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:20:00 PDT

In “The Snowman,” a wretched waste of time and talent from the Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (“Let the Right One In”), two detectives track a serial killer who likes to hack up women’s bodies and then scatter the pieces all over: a head here, a limb there. The movie, perhaps subscribing to the...


‘Breathe’ review: Andrew Garfield portrays disability advocate with grace
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:53:00 PDT

"Breathe" is meant, no doubt, as a sincere homage to the late disability advocate Robin Cavendish, who died, after living with polio for 36 years, in 1994.

Commissioned by his son, producer Jonathan Cavendish — who plays a minor role in the film — and directed by Jonathan Cavendish's business partner,...


‘Only the Brave’ review: Josh Brolin leads elite team into wildfires
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:50:00 PDT

The title “Only the Brave” sounds like Hollywood fraudulence. Certainly there are moments in director Joseph Kosinksi’s film, an adaptation of Sean Flynn’s vivid 2013 GQ article about the fatal Arizona wildfires and the elite Granite Mountain firefighters who took them on, when the characters don’t...


Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ is a magnificent portrait of a joyous, troubled childhood
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 5 Oct 2017 13:25:00 PDT

All childhoods must come to an end, few of them as piercingly as the one in “The Florida Project,” Sean Baker’s raw, exuberant and utterly captivating new movie. The child in question is a wild and irrepressible 6-year-old girl named Moonee, played by a startling discovery named Brooklynn Kimberly...


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