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‘Ad Astra’ Brings Humanity to Outer Space

‘Ad Astra’ Brings Humanity to Outer Space

★★★★★ “Ad Astra” is a thrilling entry into the ever-shrinking pantheon of excellent films that possess a blockbuster budget but the heart of a small indie movie. Similar in tone to classics in the sci-fi space genre such as “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Solaris,” “Ad Astra” encourages viewers to[Read More…]

AMAZON STUDIOS | Despite the movie's critically acclaimed source material, "The Goldfinch" fails to deliver a promising recreation of the novel due to its meandering plot.

‘The Goldfinch’ Drags on With Mishandled Plot, Poor Pacing

★★☆☆☆ Director John Crowley’s $40 million film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Goldfinch” repeats its source material’s structural flaws and fails to offer an adaptation worth its runtime. Those who enjoyed Tartt’s epic tale of love and loss or the painting that inspired it all will be[Read More…]

by September 13, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
GUNSLINGER PRODUCTIONS | Engel's documentary at once solidifies Ivins' legacy as a journalist and memorializes her sharp wit and infectious humor.

Molly Ivins’ Life, Legacy Examined in ‘Raise Hell’ Documentary

★★★★★ Director Janice Engel’s latest documentary, “Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins,” enshrines the life, legacy and wit of acclaimed journalist Molly Ivins, a charismatic and confident 6-foot tall liberal woman from Texas, with a well-paced tribute film that captures the charm and moxie of its subject.[Read More…]

by September 11, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
CATALONIA FILMS | A vibrant underground club scene helps set the stage of "This is Not Berlin" and creates the space for Carlos' exploration of his identity.

‘This is Not Berlin’ Tackles Queer Coming-of-Age Story

★★★★☆ Evocative of recent masterpieces “Moonlight” and “Roma,” “This is Not Berlin” presents a brilliant coming-of-age story in Mexico City during the 1980s. Anchored by stunning performances and mesmerizing cinematography, the film amazes with a gorgeous narrative of exploring sexual identity and finding social acceptance in the margins of society.[Read More…]

by September 11, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
ANNAPURNA PICTURES | Kaitlyn Denver and Beanie Feldstein make new memories and cause hilarious trouble during their final wild night of high school.

Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever Examine High School Friendship in ‘Booksmart’

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, “Booksmart,” has received widespread critical acclaim ahead of its May 24 wide release, earning 98% positive reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, a film and television review score aggregator. The film follows two high-achieving and ambitious students, Amy and Molly (Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein) during their[Read More…]

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Summer Films Adapt Old Classics, Offer Entertaining Sequels

‘Rocketman’ – May 31 English director Dexter Fletcher, who worked as the second director of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” focuses his next biopic on the captivating life of musician Elton John. As the film navigates John’s remarkable talent and professional success, it also takes a more somber look at the realities of his[Read More…]

AG STUDIOS | Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen make a solid team, Theron's character shares a look at the challenges women face not only in their private relationships, but also their public careers.

‘Long Shot’ Pairs Unexpected Duo With Mixed Success

★★★☆☆ Seth Rogen’s latest venture into political humor, “Long Shot,” is the lighthearted rom-com that has just enough charm, humor and heart to pass a couple of hours. While the movie is dominated by Rogen’s on-brand and unsurprisingly crude hijinks, the on-screen romance between him and co-star Charlize Theron slowly[Read More…]

by May 4, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
AUTOMATIK | Moved by Elle Fanning’s powerful performance, ‘Teen Spirit’ serves as a solid directorial debut for actor Max Minghella. Fanning’s natural and poignant singing voice brings reality to her role and contextualizes the teenage angst, with the film aiming to bring the traditional coming-of-age story to the modern era.

‘Teen Spirit’ Treads Familiar Ground, Packs Musical Punch

★★★☆☆ “Teen Spirit” tells a familiar story: A teenage hopeful from a small town gets a chance to go big and runs with it. With a melancholy pop soundtrack, undercurrents of discontent and a rise to fame, “Teen Spirit” is the newest Cinderella story.  The film is the directorial debut[Read More…]

TRADEMARK FILMS | Joan Stanley, played by Judi Dench, offers a humanizing look at wartime espionage and complicates the usual portrayal of Russian spies.

‘Red Joan’ Loses Momentum in Wartime Drama

★★★☆☆ English theater director Trevor Nunn transitions from his usual work on the stage to directing the British political drama “Red Joan.” The basis of this historical tale of intrigue is Jennie Rooney’s 2013 novel by the same name. It chronicles the true story of Melita Norwood, a former KGB[Read More…]

FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES | Keira Knightley, a British actress with successful work in both British and American industries, plays Rachel Morgan in "The Aftermath." After World War II, Rachel and her husband Lewis relocate to Hamburg and grapple with tensions with the German former house owner.

Despite Potential, ‘The Aftermath’ Uninspires in Postwar Romance

★★★☆☆ “The Aftermath,” based on Rhidian Brook’s 2011 novel, attempts to create a dramatic love story against the backdrop of post-war Germany. Despite star Keira Knightley’s moving performance as a woman finding solace from her marriage through a whirlwind affair, “The Aftermath” feels like a lackluster addition to the wartime[Read More…]