There are different schools of thought on how the world avoided its own destruction during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. The case put forward in Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy’s memoir Thirteen Days (published posthumously in 1969), the basis for this original adaptation for the stage by Brian Pastor, is unambiguous. After an […]
“Some things that happened for the first time,” Mae (Rebecca Ferguson) sings, “seem to be happening again.” She is lying in a bath with electrodes attached to her head, mentally replaying her live set from earlier in the day, while the technician guiding the machine she’s hooked up to, Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman), loses objectivity […]
Throughout a lethal performance from Mariana Di Girolamo as the flamethrower-wielding title character in Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s eighth film—his first since Jackie (2016)—we see an individual who is the human equal to napalm, an incinerating force whose power derives from twinned, potent fuels coming together and exploding.
Has Danish director Jeanette Nordahl, in her debut feature, invented the tender mob movie? Or is life on the compound with Danes who rob, debt-collect, and home invade just inevitably going to fall more on the subdued end of the gangsterdom barometer than your average Sopranos episode? The calm atmosphere of the film, in its […]
This year’s selection included everything from a highly anticipated rock opera to compelling documentaries to an award-winning film featuring a character who lactates motor oil.
Walking the red carpet, breaking VIP barriers, and searching for Bill Murray
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When someone is an immortal talent, there will always be vultures. This anthology series could have been much more than the sounds of scraping a carcass. Instead, it is Aretha Franklin as embalmed by her record label. All that’s left of Franklin’s genius, which is what this National Geographic series purports to showcase after all, […]
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