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I think it's a great thing when an actor gets a gig in a long-running franchise. I'm sure the casts of superhero series are happy as clams to have steady high-paying work. more
A shipwreck survivor washes up to the shore of a desert island. He finds fresh water and coconuts to eat. Surveying the small island, he makes note of a grove of bamboo, which he will use later to build a raft .He is alone, but has a strong will to live. But, when he sets his small raft upon the waves, what he encounters is the beginning of something strange, mysterious and heartbreakingly beautiful. more
It’s like they look at the gorgeous and painstaking artwork that goes into creating these epic works of cinematic wonder and assume it’s an attempt to replicate what a camera, sets and costumes can do – or that animé is somehow inferior because it’s virtually handmade. more
Sometimes it's the way a story is told that makes it special – sometimes it's not. In the case of "Life," a new big-budget sci-fi thriller, a threadbare plot gets tarted up with high-end special effects, decent actors and a "Twilight Zone" ending, but leaves one wondering, "Just how persuasive was the pitch to get this greenlit?" more
After a successful decade of bringing world-class short films and filmmakers to Taos, Taos Shortz Film Festival is going out in style this weekend with its 10th – and, alas, final — edition. more
Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle from the beloved 1991 Disney animated film of “Beauty and the Beast,” was perfect. And so was most of the movie in the way it married dynamic, colorful and imaginative visuals to thrilling music by Alan Menken that brought the Brothers Grimm tale to life. more
When Peter Jackson did “King Kong” back in 2005, it was a lovingly made homage to the original 1933 Merian C. Cooper-Ernest B. Schoedsack black-and-white classic, which had a clear beginning, middle and rather conclusive end. more
The song “Hurt,” written by Trent Reznor and sung by the late Johnny Cash, kept running through my head as I watched the opening sequences of the new “X-Men” film, “Logan.” more
What is it that defines a man, a real man? Aside from the obvious symbols that ultimately mean nothing, can a man just be? Can a man honestly respond to his deep-down nature because it is who he is? more
An official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North” follows Katrina Browne, the filmmaker, and nine of her cousins in their discovery that their ancestors belonged to the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. more
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