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Moonlight and its director, Barry Jenkins, have been voted Best Film and Best Director for 2016 by members of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Continue reading...

MOVIE REVIEW: McAvoy is a creepy joy to watch as villain with 24 personalities in Shyamalan’s 'Split'

Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula), the teenage heroines of Split, face a unique danger because they've been kidnapped by a force of 24 people who all just happen to inhabit the same body. Continue reading...

Sundance focus is on 11 movies

The very thing that makes Sundance such a thrilling prospect to cinemaphiles is also the scariest: Unlike many other festivals that happen later in the year, we are dealing with entirely unknown quantities when it comes to the lineup. Unlike, say, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which culls some of the best-reviewed and most exciting films from Cannes, Berlin, (and even Telluride) among their premieres, very little is known ahead of time about the Sundance lineup -- and even less in years in which no particularly big name indie directors have work to premiere there. Last year, practically everybody in attendance was hotly anticipating Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea (for good reason, it turns out). This year is a lot more of a crapshoot. Continue reading...

Silence

Years in the making, Scorsese’s latest leaves prayers unanswered

Martin Scorsese's Silence is a story of faith and anguish. It tells of a Portuguese Jesuit priest, Father Rodrigues, who in 1643 heads into the dark heart of Japan, where Christians are being persecuted -- boiled alive, immolated and crucified. Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) sets out to help keep the church alive in Japan. Scorsese's work has long involved struggles of faith of one kind or another. In Silence the struggle begins in a mist-wreathed landscape where severed human heads rest on a crude shelf, like trophies of some ghastly victory. Continue reading...

Previews

Elle 90 R A video game-company CEO (Isabelle Huppert) tries to learn the identity of the man who raped her. With Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira, Christian Berkel, Judith Magre, Jonas Bloquet; directed by Paul Verhoeven. (2 hours, 10 minutes) Continue reading...

20th Century Women

"Can't things just be pretty?" Dorothea (Annette Bening), a Birkenstock-wearing 50-something single mom, sighs when confronted with British post-punk band the Raincoats' first single "Fairytale in the Supermarket" in Mike Mills' semi-autobiographical film 20th Century Women. It's an interesting scene that tells us a lot about Dorothea, who wants to be engaged and hip to the new sounds the kids are digging but can't completely escape her Depression-era upbringing. Continue reading...

Robertson testifies in detail in memoir

For the Toronto-born musician-filmmaker-author Jaime Royal "Robbie" Robertson, the motto "Land of Opportunity" is more than a phrase. Continue reading...

Figures No. 1 for 2nd weekend

NEW YORK -- Hidden Figures, the uplifting film about black female mathematicians at NASA during the 1960s space race, led the North American box office for the second straight week, selling $27.5 million in tickets over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, according to final studio figures Tuesday. Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

A Dog's Purpose, PG A devoted dog (voice of Josh Gad), repeatedly reincarnated as a canine over five decades, discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. With Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Bryce Gheisar, K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Gabrielle Rose; directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Jan. 27 Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Five-letter countries

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Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: If you're the crafty sort and like to try your knack at projects and possibilities, look for free patterns first. Whenever I need or want help with an idea or project I'd like to try, I go into my computer's search engine and type in "free patterns for (name of project)." Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. Inside you there are many places you haven't gone yet. The potential is shimmering, though you'll have a lot of self-control in this regard so the year will gently unfold for you. Relationships are your ticket to new lands inside and out. Financial rewards are best in February, April and July. Libra and Sagittarius adore you. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I was really convinced that God wanted me to do something, but I must have been wrong, because I failed miserably. (It had to do with a career opportunity.) Where did I go wrong? Maybe I should have prayed more. Continue reading...

NW Previews

The Founder 83 PG-13 Michael Keaton plays McDonald's "founder" Ray Kroc, who created a billion-dollar fast-food empire out of a small-time burger operation he bought in the 1950s. With Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, B.J. Novak, Patrick Wilson, Justin Randell Brooke; directed by John Lee Hancock. (1 hour, 55 minutes) Continue reading...

The Founder

And they say Americans don't do irony. The Founder is a dramatized account written by Robert Siegel (The Wrestler) of how traveling salesman Ray Kroc -- played with bounce and oleaginous charm by Michael Keaton -- gained control of the McDonald's brand and built an empire. The movie is practically deep-fried in knowingness, starting with the big stage wink that is the title itself. As many students of business and fans of Mark Knopfler's 2004 song "Boom, Like That" already know, Kroc "founded" McDonald's only in the sense that he literally found a burger stand in San Bernardino, Calif., run by two brothers named Dick and Mac McDonald, took over franchising their concept, and eventually wrested control of the business entirely. Continue reading...

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