All posts tagged "cinema"

  • CINEMA: Reef-cyling

    Finding Dory imparts important lessons on young viewers but lacks Pixar’s originality. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Preceding Finding Dory, as has been tradition with Pixar’s animated features, there’s a short film as a kind of cinematic appetizer....

    • Posted June 14, 2016
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  • CINEMA: The Rule of Threes

    X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t even try to be anything but more of the same. JACKSON HOLE, WY – There’s a snarky in-joke in X-Men: Apocalypse that ends up backfiring about as spectacularly as a snarky in-joke can. Taking...

    • Posted May 24, 2016
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  • CINEMA: Demolished Expectations

    ‘Demolition’ self-destructs with disingenuous moments. JACKSON HOLE, WY – There comes a moment in some movies—a moment that any real movie-lover hopes never to have—that I will refer to henceforth as The Moment of Nope. It can...

    • Posted April 5, 2016
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  • CINEMA: Beasts of One Notion

    ‘Zootopia’ depends entirely on its well-intentioned allegory about prejudice. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Spoiler alert: “Zootopia” is about prejudice, and how prejudice is bad. And I suppose there’s more than touch of sarcasm in the inclusion of...

    • Posted March 1, 2016
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  • CINEMA: Master of Puppets

    Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ searches for humanity through stop-motion figurines. Michael Stone (David Thewlis), the protagonist of “Anomalisa,” is in many ways a very ordinary man. He may be successful in his field—the author of a popular how-to...

    • Posted January 19, 2016
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  • CINEMA: Women in Love

    A forbidden romance comes to glorious life in ‘Carol.’ Jackson, WY – Movies have told love stories as long as there have been movies, but occasionally it takes a movie like Todd Haynes’ “Carol” to remind you...

    • Posted January 5, 2016
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  • CINEMA: Child’s (Scottish) Play

    A new Macbeth explores the ripple effects of violence across generations. A dapting Shakespeare for the screen may be the easiest thing any filmmaker can do. It may also be the hardest. In terms of reducing the risk...

    • Posted December 8, 2015
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  • CINEMA: Battle Cry

    Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq bypasses subtlety—and maybe there’s nothing wrong with that. Spike Lee is not a subtle filmmaker. And it has taken me nearly 30 years—up to and including his latest feature, Chi-Raq—to fully appreciate that this...

    • Posted December 1, 2015
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  • CINEMA: Comeback Fight

    Creed smartly builds on the 40-year legacy of Rocky. If anything should be painfully clear as we approach the release of a new Star Wars film, it’s how impossible it is to separate a movie from what...

    • Posted November 24, 2015
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  • CINEMA: Just the Facts

    Spotlight makes the work of journalism both heroic and human. If you’re skeptical about all the praise heaped on Spotlight from film critics in print media, it’s understandable. We’ve all got our sweet spots, and those of...

    • Posted November 17, 2015
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