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Roger Deakins is God — and other heresies

"I find the films that are the most interesting are the ones that deal with characters and character development, not ones that show pretty landscapes," says Roger Deakins from his home in Los Angeles. Continue reading...

Where to Invade Next

The problem with Michael Moore has, from the beginning, been Michael Moore. Even when he makes good points -- and he often makes good points -- they're filtered through his carefully cultivated schlubby-truthteller-in-a-baseball-cap persona. What irritates some people about Moore's films is how self-aggrandizing they are. Continue reading...

Deadpool

Deadpool rehashes just about every cliche from the Marvel Universe, but thankfully it does so proudly. Starting with a sarcastic run of opening credits and consistently infused with the title character’s vitriolic outbursts, the first solo outing for Marvel’s “Merc with a Mouth” gets by strictly on attitude. Continue reading...

Zoolander 2

Beyond a few notable exceptions, comedy doesn't travel particularly well. Consider it like a slice of fine cheesecake, when fresh and chilled, it's just about the best thing you can put on a fork. Left out for a couple of days on the window sill, and it would be a vile, disgusting pool of sick. Continue reading...

Caesar! debut a bust for Coens

The star-packed Hail, Caesar! had little to exclaim about in its North American debut, giving its directors, Joel and Ethan Coen, the worst wide-opening result of their long career and receiving a C-minus grade in CinemaScore exit polls from those who did buy tickets. Meanwhile, the Nicholas Sparks movie gleam is officially gone: Given The Choice, the 11th adaptation of one of his books, audiences stayed home. Continue reading...

How to Be Single

If a network contemporary sitcom about dating in New York could figure out a way to extend itself to almost two hours, and include many, many ribald genitalia jokes, with epithets flying around, it would likely resemble something along the lines of Christian Ditter's mostly disposable romantic comedy, in which a gaggle of 20-somethings skitter around the glowing streets of the city and seek out romantic fulfillment from which to squirm into and out of for two hours. In fact, 98 percent of the film could be written off as a pandering, dopey, female-centric sex comedy, except in the last few minutes, to my shock, it actually does something vaguely commendable. Continue reading...

Mustang

In a comfortable, well-appointed Turkish house "a thousand kilometers" (621 miles) from Istanbul, five sisters are held prisoner. Continue reading...

COMING MOVIES

(opening dates are tentative) 45 Years, R As their 45th wedding anniversary approaches, a woman (Charlotte Rampling) learns that her husband (Tom Courtenay) was once engaged to someone else. With Geraldine James, Dolly Wells, David Sibley, Sam Alexander, Richard Cunningham, Hannah Chalmers; directed by Andrew Haigh. Feb. 19 Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

New this week Deadpool 87 R A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary (Ryan Reynolds), subject of a rogue experiment that has left him with accelerated healing powers, retains a dark, twisted sense of humor as he hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: When I send flowers to friends, especially three longtime girlfriends since we all share April birthdays, I send one bouquet to me, too! I know I'll get flowers. Really, it's to see if the flowers shown on a website are what is delivered. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. The pain of the past has been a gift. The healing, growth and astounding insight you've gained is a direct consequence of this. All the same, you'll be glad to be on the other side of it, something you can safely celebrate these days. March brings a financial bonus and June shows you on an unbelievable adventure. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A few years ago I had a bad health scare (a heart attack), and I told God I'd do anything He wanted me to do, if He'd only spare my life. Well, I guess He did, but I admit I haven't kept my end of the bargain. Is God going to punish me for this? Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Plays into Films

1. Neil Simon: The play and film starred Robert Redford. Continue reading...

COMING MOVIES Northwest Arkansas

(opening dates are tentative) Race, PG-13 American track star Jesse Owens (Stephan James) competes at the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. Continue reading...

PREVIEWS Northwest Arkansas

New this week Deadpool 87 R A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary (Ryan Reynolds), subject of a rogue experiment that has left him with accelerated healing powers, retains a dark, twisted sense of humor as he hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Continue reading...

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