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Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in (a Christmas) Carol

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 24, 2015 15:49:14 December 24, 2015 15:49:14

(Lainey: the “Christmas” in the title is my corny addition and not Sarah’s. Am working on a theme today.) Todd Haynes made one of my all-time favorite films, Velvet Goldmine, which is about a young man’s sexual awakening at the hands of a more experienced man during the vibrant and drug-fueled 1970s glam-rock era. Full Story

Will Smith in Concussion

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 23, 2015 17:21:25 December 23, 2015 17:21:25
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What a wasted opportunity. Concussion could have been such a kick in the nuts to the NFL. It’s produced by Sony, like the one studio in no way connected to the NFL either through advertising or broadcasting contracts, and Sony took enough of a “come at me, bro” attitude with this movie to use the NFL and all team logos without permission, pretty much daring the league to sue them. Full Story

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Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 22, 2015 18:26:53 December 22, 2015 18:26:53
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Usually we title these reviews with the name of a star in the film, but when it comes to Quentin Tarantino, he is the star of his films. Tarantino is a real auteur, the kind of filmmaker whose authorial stamp is so strong it overrides everything else about his films. For a long time, Tarantino was a filmmaker I enjoyed more academically than actually liked, but his recent run of historical revisionist films has really worked on me, and The Hateful Eight is the best one of the set. Full Story

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Tina Fey & Amy Poehler in Sisters

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 21, 2015 19:13:12 December 21, 2015 19:13:12
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No one expected much from Sisters, as it opened against Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it managed to not entirely face-plant by taking in $13.4 million over the weekend. Even though it opened #3 behind Star Wars and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip, making it into double digits is a win. It did better than recent bromantic comedy The Night Before, which is a little baffling because The Night Before is a WAY better Full Story

New Star Wars, New Heroes, Old Journey

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 21, 2015 16:11:14 December 21, 2015 16:11:14
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SPOILER FREE There’s a moment in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that is so triumphant you will fist pump and want to cheer. There’s a moment where you will gasp, and one where you will get a lump in your throat, and one where you’ll grip your armrests, trying to will the hero(ine) to get up and keep fighting. Full Story

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Tina Fey tries war comedy

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 17, 2015 21:11:16 December 17, 2015 21:11:16
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Making good comedy is hard, making good war comedy is…ill advised, most of the time. Louis CK mined his own experience with the USO for a stellar three-episode arc on his TV show, Louie, and Three Kings holds up—though it’s not, strictly speaking, a comedy—but I can’t think of many other examples of contemporary comedies about our contemporary war that are actually good. Full Story

Natalie Portman cosplays as Jackie O

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 17, 2015 17:41:32 December 17, 2015 17:41:32
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The first photo of Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy in the film Jackie was released yesterday, and it shows Portman in a red suit and pearls with First Lady hair. She doesn’t look exactly like Jacqueline Kennedy—these are the days before Onassis—but it’s a solid approximation, and Portman is really well suited to early 1960s fashions. Full Story

Gods of an Egypt that is very, very white

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 16, 2015 20:27:44 December 16, 2015 20:27:44

Two years after Ridley Scott and Exodus got dragged behind the outrage truck for whitewashing ancient Egypt by casting predominately white actors to play Egyptian characters, director Alex Proyas is courting the same controversy with Gods of Egypt, a movie also set in ancient Egypt and starring a bunch of white people. Full Story

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Scarlett Johansson will Move That Body

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 16, 2015 16:16:19 December 16, 2015 16:16:19
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After not having much of an opinion on her, Scarlett Johansson has risen to the top of my “favorite actresses” list over the last few years. It’s due to a combination of behind the scenes strategizing I appreciate—she’s engineered a career resurgence every young actress should study—and making movies I like. Full Story

Join us at the High Rise

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 15, 2015 20:21:20 December 15, 2015 20:21:20

I missed Tom Hiddleston’s other film at TIFF, High Rise, but I remember hearing reactions from people who saw it and they were wildly divided. People either LOVED it, or HATED it, with very little in between, which is par for the course with director Ben Wheatley. Wheatley doesn’t make very accessible films, and J. Full Story

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