All posts tagged "film"

  • Unhappiest Place on Earth: Lost souls gather around the margins of Disney World in The Florida Project

    The walls of the Magic Castle Inn—the primary setting of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project—shine with a new coat of pastel purple paint, desperately trying to evoke the happy playland of Walt Disney World just up the...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Making Contact

    Why Close Encounters on its 40th anniversary is the movie we need right now. JACKSON HOLE, WY – This summer, several generations of movie nerds paid homage to the 40th anniversary of one of the most influential...

    • Posted August 30, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Freedom of Choice

    Good Time makes superlative cinema out of bad decisions. JACKSON HOLE, WY – There is one quiet scene in Good Time, and it’s the first, as Nick Nikas (co-director Benny Safdie) is asked to play word association with...

    • Posted August 23, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Don’t Call it a Comeback

    Steven Soderbergh returns to the big screen with the slick heist caper Logan Lucky. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Steven Soderbergh never went anywhere; let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. Though in 2013...

    • Posted August 16, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Beneath the Sheet

    A Ghost Story transforms a simple image into a meditation on attachment and mortality. JACKSON HOLE, WY – It is, of course, perfectly ridiculous to think a person in a sheet with two eyeholes could represent something...

    • Posted July 25, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Paint by Numbers

    Maudie is more gentle romance than a portrait of a tortured artist. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Folk-art buffs and extremely patriotic Canadians may already know the story of Maud Lewis, an arthritic Nova Scotian who sold her...

    • Posted July 19, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Schoolyard Fight

    Spider-Man: Homecoming brings a welcome focus on a 15-year-old hero. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Nobody needed another Spider-Man movie. The jokes about multiple reboots of the web-slinger are all valid, and even keeping in mind the admirable...

    • Posted July 5, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Second-Hand Roads

    Baby Driver cruises through genre homage that feels surprisingly familiar. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Edgar Wright loves his genre cinema; of this there can be no doubt. Since graduating from British episodic television to features in 2004,...

    • Posted June 28, 2017
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  • CINEMA: If You’re Going to San Francisco

    Fifty years on, Monterey Pop captures something that was more than a musical moment. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Director D. A. Pennebaker launches into the documentary Monterey Pop by playing Scott McKenzie’s recording of the hippie anthem...

    • Posted June 14, 2017
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  • CINEMA: Desperate Times

    It Comes at Night offers a chilling allegory for compassion versus fear. JACKSON HOLE, WY – It Comes at Night opens on the lesioned face of a dying old man, surrounded by tearful loved ones wearing gloves...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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