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Ewan McGregor’s first film as a director is “American Pastoral,” based on Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a man whose good and lucky life is torn apart by the upheavals of the 1960’s. It is a thoughtful and diligent […]
Tom Cruise is back in a second “Jack Reacher” movie, based on the hard-boiled series by Lee Child. Jack Reacher is a quintessential and perfectly named fantasy action hero — former military but resistant to authority, capable of instant assessment […]
The movie awards season officially begins with the announcement of the nominations for the Gotham awards. While not all of the awards contenders are out yet (I’m expecting to see “La La Land” and “Fences” do well), this is a […]
Michael Cavna, who covers comics, graphic novels, and animation for the Washington Post writes about Peanuts’ classic Halloween special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” The family favorite celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Cavna writes: Their swift narrative certainty […]
Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, and Steve Buscemi star in “The Boss Baby,” inspired by the sibling rivalry that is all too familiar to anyone who’s ever been in a family.
Turner Classic Movies has another series of tributes to “Trailblazing Women” Tuesdays and Thursdays this month. It is hosted by Illeana Douglas, actress, writer, and granddaughter of two stars of Hollywood’s golden age, Melvyn Douglas and Helen Gahagan. Her co-hosts […]
In just four years, the Middleburg Film Festival has become a major force. Led by BET co-founder Sheila Johnson, and based at her Salamander luxury resort in the heart of Virginia’s post horse and hunt countryside, this year’s slate includes […]
Anna Kendrick is one of my favorite performers and she is terrific as always in “The Accountant.” I first saw her singing “Life Upon the Wicked Stage” from “Show Boat” with “Cabaret’s” Kit Kat Girls in “My Favorite Broadway.” She […]
Writer Kara Holden says middle school is when “your eyes are being opened to the world and you’re not as sheltered as you once were able to be. You’re growing up. That’s a part of growing up, being disappointed and […]