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Tom Cruise dominates the screen in the larger than life ‘American Made’
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:50:00 PDT

"American Made" is a smart, nervy film, a very modern entertainment made with energy, style and a fine sense of humor that keeps us amused until gradually, almost imperceptibly, the laughter starts to stick in our throats.

As such it’s par for the course for Doug Liman, a filmmaker with a gift...


Filmmaker documents crippling autoimmune disease in stirring ‘Unrest’
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 28 Sep 2017 06:30:00 PDT

What does it mean to direct a film while bed-ridden with a mysterious, misunderstood illness? For director Jennifer Brea, filmmaking becomes an extraordinary act of asserting her own humanity in the face of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). This harrowing medical mystery...


‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ is a pastel treat for those who like that sort of thing
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 5 Oct 2017 14:05:00 PDT

Perhaps it's unfair, but one has to wonder for whom the animated feature film “My Little Pony: The Movie” has been made. Ostensibly, it's for young kids, who count for double the ticket money with their parents in tow. But there's also a large market to be found in the “bronies” and “pegasisters,”...


‘The Mountain Between Us’ review: Idris Elba, Kate Winslett pair up for unconventional love story
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 5 Oct 2017 08:29:00 PDT

Survival romance "The Mountain Between Us" seems straightforward enough — a couple of strangers are bonded forever when they endure a harrowing ordeal after their charter plane crashes on a mountain in Utah. It's "Alive," without the cannibalism, and a lot more romance. But as the film progresses,...


‘Blade Runner 2049’ review: Ryan Gosling stars in stylish, brooding upgrade of the ‘82 model
BaltimoreSun.com / Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:25:00 PDT

In 1982, when replicants hadn’t yet become a Hollywood business model, “Blade Runner” failed to do what Warner Brothers hoped it would: make a pile of money.

It succeeded, however, in acquiring the reputation of a modern science fiction classic. Director Ridley Scott’s 2019-set story (based on...


‘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...


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