All posts tagged "cinema"

  • CINEMA: Christmas Stalkings

    Holiday horror flicks help counterbalance the joy of the season. JACKSON HOLE, WY – What’s to love about Christmas? The rampant commercialization? The long shopping lines and traffic that result from said commercialization? Or putting up with relatives...

    • Posted November 30, 2016
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  • 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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