All posts tagged "movies"

  • A Lack of the Clones: The absence of Titanic knockoffs says something about an audience Hollywood doesn’t value

      December 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of what would become one of the most lucrative and most deliriously popular movies ever made: James Cameron’s Titanic. It should also mark the 20th anniversary of the...

    • Posted November 29, 2017
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  • Shades of Pretty Good: Thor: Ragnarok is a Marvel movie—and you probably know what that means

    Perhaps it’s time to make peace with this reality of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: They will be reliably pretty good, and they will be reliably not-great. No matter what protagonist(s) headline the stories, and...

    • Posted November 1, 2017
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  • Humdrum Acre Wood: Goodbye Christopher Robin is just the latest in a long line of similar biopics

    If you so desired, you could program an entire film festival out of biopics about British authors of beloved children’s stories, and how they were really quite unhappy people. Dating back to 1993’s C.S. Lewis tale Shadowlands,...

    • Posted October 25, 2017
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  • 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: Banter, Stage Left

    The Trip to Spain is funniest when it’s not trying to be a movie. JACKSON HOLE, WY – As movie trilogies go, The Trip series certainly is an odd one. In part, that’s because the three movies...

    • Posted September 6, 2017
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  • FEATURE: ATTACK OF THE KILLER REBOOTS

    Summer flicks deliver familiar themes and familiar themes. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Last year, I was inspired by the summer’s bumper crop of sequels, prequels and bologna. This year, I’m already tired. That’s because I saw Guardians...

    • Posted May 31, 2017
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  • 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: Go Quest, Young Man

    Kubo and the Two Strings delivers profound life lessons for young and old audiences. JACKSON HOLE, WY – In the central plaza of a seaside Japanese village many years in the past, a young one-eyed boy named...

    • Posted August 16, 2016
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  • FEATURE: Make it Pop! summer movie preview

    A critic’s take on flicks you’ll remember and some you just won’t wait to forget. JACKSON HOLE, WY – In the summer of 1983, I was 8 years old, and there was one movie that mattered to my...

    • Posted May 31, 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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