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Monday, October 22, 2018

On Screen: Youth

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel soldier through this beautiful yet shallow reflection on age, memory and friendship in the Swiss Alps There is no doubt that  academy award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino (La grande Belleza, 2014) makes beautiful films, and his latest, Youth, is one more stunner. Shot on location in and around the Art Noveau Hotel Schatzalp in Davos, Switzerland, the...
Indignation
First-time director James Schamus brings Philip Roth's novel Indignation to the screen Being an outsider is never easy – especially when you’re too clever by half. And perhaps harder still in 1950s Ohio, the setting of ­Indignation, a worthy adaptation of Philip Roth’s 29th novel, a semi-autobiographical recollection of his college years. A first-time director but venerable screenwriter and producer (notably for...
In this documentary, a small island community struggles to face its problems with dignity Director Jakob Brossmann expertly captures the mood on this small island (population: 4500) on the forefront of the refugee crisis, alternating scenes with evocative images of the Mediterranean off-season. Giving time to both migrant issues and everyday trials like restoring essential ferry service to Sicily, the...
The Filmmuseum presents the heady days before censorship Tinseltown ran wild for a few short years between  the advent of “talkies” and the implementation of a self-imposed censorship code in 1934. Taking advantage of the new possibilities of dialogue, movies showed realistic criminals getting away clean, promiscuity, substance abuse, and lewd-yet-witty blondes spouting suggestive one-liners, all to titillate a jaded...
Promised Land
For director Eugene Jarecki, “Fat Elvis” is a metaphor for a country in crisis. If you watch Promised Land expecting a pleasant two-hour feature about Elvis Presley in honor of the 40th anniversary of his death, you’re in for a rude awakening. This film uses the King’s life as a metaphor for the potential and – downfall – of the...
Destination Wedding
Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder attempt to revive the classic romantic comedy in Destination Wedding The world around us might be constantly changing, but some things never go out of style. Case in point: Destination Wedding, a film that is nothing less than a revival of the classic romantic comedy of the mid-20th century – those witty battles of the...
film britain monarch queen victoria
The human side of Britain’s monarch is shown in a softer light No stranger to royals, after humanizing Queen Elisabeth II in the critically-acclaimed The Queen, director Stephen Frears returns to matters of court to give Queen Victoria similar treatment. An adaptation of Shrabani Basu’s book of the same name, based on Her Majesty’s personal correspondence, Academy Award winner Judy...
love and friendship
Seduction and manipulation are at the heart of Whit Stillman’s period drama Translating written correspondence into a seamless narrative, Love and Friendship fills in the blanks in Jane Austen’s epistolary novel Lady Susan, leaving much of her words intact as it unfolds between stately homes and Regency fashions. Having disrupted a friend’s home and marriage, the widowed Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale)...
top 10 netflix
There’s so much good television on streaming websites, not to mention the films. It’s impossible to keep track of what is worth your time. When it’s cold outside, it’s time to cuddle up with a good movie or start binging your next series.
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