Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Despite flashes of inspiration, this sequel to the unexpectedly compelling Maleficent can't seem to get out of its own way.
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A review from Fantasia of a new documentary that celebrates Phantom of the Paradise and its fanbase.
They were very different in tone, genre, production values, and intended audiences, but these two films from 1994 had one key innovation in common.
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A tribute to the legendary writer, editor, and publisher of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee.
Difficult is a gendered term fueled by the Hollywood machine and maintained by the belief that actresses aren’t responsible for the achievement of their films.
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A preview of the 20th Annual Fantasia Fest in Montreal, Canada.
A preview of the 2016 version of the Chicago film lovers' event, including more than two dozen Chicago premieres.
A review from Sundance of "Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny."
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Reviews from Sundance on documentaries "Plaza de la Soledad" and "Film Hawk."
An obituary for the late Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond.
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A final dispatch from Sundance on four films that premiered there, including ones starring Kristen Wiig and Lily Tomlin.
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Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" (2012) is a very good Tarantino movie. Save for "Pulp Fiction," I tend to appreciate and respect Tarantino movies more than I enjoy them. "Pulp Fiction," however, was so entertaining that I did not want it to end. Such were my feelings with "Django Unchained." As a mash of bloody pulp cinema with great aspirations, it is as entertaining as anything I have seen from Tarantino. For Tarantino diehards it is as Tarantino-esque as everything else from him.
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Considering that we normally think of documentaries as some sort of academic discourse at the fringes of popular cinema, this relatively new genre of Celebrity-driven docs is something peculiar. That we now watch documentaries starring Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock, and Bill Maher is something inevitable, I suppose. We already have that tradition of following on-screen directors as characters in their features, including Kevin Smith, Spike Lee, and Woody Allen. But, the point here is that we watch some documentaries because of their host celebrities, more than the topic, even though the topics seem to be extensions of those same celebrities.
I suspect few people outside of his fan base will watch this movie: in Larry Charles' documentary "Religulous," (2008) popular Television talk show host Bill Maher is a playful microphone-toting cynic, roaming the landscapes of Christianity, with a few references to Judaism, Islam, and Scientology. The film is very strong and vastly entertaining in finding absurdities in absurd places, but fizzles when it attempts any serious commentary.