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Streep shines in timely political tale ‘The Post’
 It’s hard to imagine a movie that’s more timely than Steven Spielberg’s “The Post.” The point: The Fourth Estate must be a check on political power. That sounds awfully didactic, but “The Post” isn’t preaching. The movie, instead, focuses on Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the owner of the...

5:52 PM Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

It’s hard to imagine a movie that’s more timely than Steven Spielberg’s “The Post.” The point: The Fourth Estate must be a check on political power. That sounds awfully didactic, but “The Post” isn’t preaching. The movie, instead, focuses on Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the owner of the...
‘Phantom Thread’ actress discusses film’s complicated relationships
 British actress Lesley Manville will face a quandary at Oscar time. Like many critics and movie lovers, she thinks Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays her high-fashion designing brother Reynolds in “Phantom Thread,” will be nominated for a best actor Oscar. She thinks fellow Brit Gary Oldman, who stars as Winston Churchill in “Darkest...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

British actress Lesley Manville will face a quandary at Oscar time. Like many critics and movie lovers, she thinks Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays her high-fashion designing brother Reynolds in “Phantom Thread,” will be nominated for a best actor Oscar. She thinks fellow Brit Gary Oldman, who stars as Winston Churchill in “Darkest...
Our critics pick their Top 10 movies of 2017
 Cinema in 2017 offered a respite from a year that started out for many as a dumpster fire and didn’t hesitate to keep pouring on the gasoline. Looking at the films below, it’s hard not to notice that so many of them focus on the past, whether it is the war-torn 1940s, an idyllic 1980s Italy, or the world of serious figure skating...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

Cinema in 2017 offered a respite from a year that started out for many as a dumpster fire and didn’t hesitate to keep pouring on the gasoline. Looking at the films below, it’s hard not to notice that so many of them focus on the past, whether it is the war-torn 1940s, an idyllic 1980s Italy, or the world of serious figure skating...
‘Call Me by Your Name’ a lush story of discovery
 Lushly filmed tales often seem to be grounded in nostalgia and sentimentality, reflecting some glorious historical time that really didn’t exist. And there’s a little bit of that in “Call Me by Your Name,” the new film from Italian director Luca Guadagnino. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more substantial...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Lushly filmed tales often seem to be grounded in nostalgia and sentimentality, reflecting some glorious historical time that really didn’t exist. And there’s a little bit of that in “Call Me by Your Name,” the new film from Italian director Luca Guadagnino. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more substantial...
‘Downsizing’ doesn’t live up to its creative premise
 The first 30 minutes of “Downsizing” from director Alexander Payne are fascinating. The premise? That the world is on the path to self-destruction and that science has come up with a way to slash waste and environmental pollutants and all sorts of other things that seem to be propelling us toward doom. The solution? Shrink people...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

The first 30 minutes of “Downsizing” from director Alexander Payne are fascinating. The premise? That the world is on the path to self-destruction and that science has come up with a way to slash waste and environmental pollutants and all sorts of other things that seem to be propelling us toward doom. The solution? Shrink people...
History and humor blend in Winston Churchill story
 It’s good to remember that Great Britain was in great peril in May 1940 amid its war with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. The mood in Parliament was that a British defeat appeared to be quite possible, especially after the fall of France. Politicians, led by Neville Chamberlain and Viscount Halifax, were urging peace talks with Hitler....

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

It’s good to remember that Great Britain was in great peril in May 1940 amid its war with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. The mood in Parliament was that a British defeat appeared to be quite possible, especially after the fall of France. Politicians, led by Neville Chamberlain and Viscount Halifax, were urging peace talks with Hitler....
In ‘Darkest Hour,’ actor transforms into one of world’s political giants
 When the producers of “Darkest Hour” approached Gary Oldman about playing British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, he told them, “Don’t be ridiculous. I don’t look anything like him.” “But for some reason,” Oldman says, “one of the producers at Working Title, Eric Fellner, God bless him...

6:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

When the producers of “Darkest Hour” approached Gary Oldman about playing British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, he told them, “Don’t be ridiculous. I don’t look anything like him.” “But for some reason,” Oldman says, “one of the producers at Working Title, Eric Fellner, God bless him...
Love story meets creature feature in beautiful ‘Shape of Water’
 Water takes on the shape of whatever holds it, and it can be gentle as well as powerful, just like love, Guillermo del Toro says. That’s what he’s trying to illustrate with his beautifully crafted new movie, “The Shape of Water.” For the mute cleaning lady Elisa (Sally Hawkins), love takes the shape of a mystery-shrouded...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

Water takes on the shape of whatever holds it, and it can be gentle as well as powerful, just like love, Guillermo del Toro says. That’s what he’s trying to illustrate with his beautifully crafted new movie, “The Shape of Water.” For the mute cleaning lady Elisa (Sally Hawkins), love takes the shape of a mystery-shrouded...
Denzel Washington isn’t enough to keep ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ afloat
 Writer/director Dan Gilroy gave Jake Gyllenhaal one of his best roles in 2014’s creepy “Nightcrawler,” about the slimy side of crime and TV news. With “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” Gilroy is trying to do the same for Denzel Washington, who has already won two Oscars, for 2002’s “Training Day” and...

6:00 AM Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Writer/director Dan Gilroy gave Jake Gyllenhaal one of his best roles in 2014’s creepy “Nightcrawler,” about the slimy side of crime and TV news. With “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” Gilroy is trying to do the same for Denzel Washington, who has already won two Oscars, for 2002’s “Training Day” and...
Strong performances give life to strong characters in ‘Billboards’
 “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will make you laugh — and then make you wonder whether you should be laughing. And that’s why it’s so good. There are no easy answers. At first, it seems like a fairly justifiable act: putting up three billboards to question why her daughter’s rape and murder...

6:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will make you laugh — and then make you wonder whether you should be laughing. And that’s why it’s so good. There are no easy answers. At first, it seems like a fairly justifiable act: putting up three billboards to question why her daughter’s rape and murder...
‘Three Billboards’ writer-director surpasses simple Hollywood arc
 The title “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. But writer-director Martin McDonagh doesn’t make easily digestible, simple movies. He says he likes ethical complications — and they’re available in spades in “Three Billboards.” The movie focuses on a...

6:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

The title “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. But writer-director Martin McDonagh doesn’t make easily digestible, simple movies. He says he likes ethical complications — and they’re available in spades in “Three Billboards.” The movie focuses on a...
‘Lady Bird’ a lovely look at delicate mother-daughter ties
 Lady Bird Johnson is special in Austin and beyond. But a new movie, writer/director Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” will capture our hearts, too, though it has nothing to do with the former first lady. It’s a humane, tender look at mother/daughter relationships; yet, it’s much more than that. It’s lovely. Saoirse...

6:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

Lady Bird Johnson is special in Austin and beyond. But a new movie, writer/director Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” will capture our hearts, too, though it has nothing to do with the former first lady. It’s a humane, tender look at mother/daughter relationships; yet, it’s much more than that. It’s lovely. Saoirse...
‘The Square’ satirizes society and art world
 If you were a fan of Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 avalanche satire “Force Majeure,” then you’ll probably like his latest, “The Square,” which satirizes the art world and the bourgeoisie. Bourgeoisie champion Whit Stillman and his followers, of course, will be appalled. And that’s okay. Some outside the Stillman...

6:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

If you were a fan of Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 avalanche satire “Force Majeure,” then you’ll probably like his latest, “The Square,” which satirizes the art world and the bourgeoisie. Bourgeoisie champion Whit Stillman and his followers, of course, will be appalled. And that’s okay. Some outside the Stillman...
Greta Gerwig hones fine, female gaze in coming-of-age story ‘Lady Bird’
 Like her main character in her new movie, “Lady Bird,” writer/director Greta Gerwig grew up in Sacramento, Calif., had aspirations as an artist and moved to the East Coast for college. And she says a lot of her worldview is reflected in the film in various ways. But it’s not autobiographical in any strict sense, she says...

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 04, 2017

Like her main character in her new movie, “Lady Bird,” writer/director Greta Gerwig grew up in Sacramento, Calif., had aspirations as an artist and moved to the East Coast for college. And she says a lot of her worldview is reflected in the film in various ways. But it’s not autobiographical in any strict sense, she says...
Actress/director Greta Gerwig on Hollywood assault scandals: ‘We helped build the culture that allowed it’
 Greta Gerwig, who was in Austin over the weekend to screen her new movie, “Lady Bird,” at the Austin Film Festival, has a thoughtful take on the recent controversies surrounding Hollywood executives and sexual assaults and harassment. During an interview with the Austin American-Statesman at AFF, she said that her favorite movie...

4:49 PM Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

Greta Gerwig, who was in Austin over the weekend to screen her new movie, “Lady Bird,” at the Austin Film Festival, has a thoughtful take on the recent controversies surrounding Hollywood executives and sexual assaults and harassment. During an interview with the Austin American-Statesman at AFF, she said that her favorite movie...
Want to be a screenwriter? Ditch it all and jump in, Keenen Ivory Wayans says
 Parents of kids who want to go into show business probably won’t like what Keenen Ivory Wayans has to say. And Wayans, who was honored Saturday with the Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award at the Austin Film Festival and Conference, said his father didn’t think much of it, either. When Wayans decided to drop out of...

7:43 PM Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

Parents of kids who want to go into show business probably won’t like what Keenen Ivory Wayans has to say. And Wayans, who was honored Saturday with the Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award at the Austin Film Festival and Conference, said his father didn’t think much of it, either. When Wayans decided to drop out of...
Attica Locke’s new series is, in part, a ‘love letter to black Texans’
 Attica Locke, who grew up in Houston and worked for three seasons as a writer for TV’s “Empire,” has a great new book series beginning, focusing on a black Texas Ranger, Darren Mathews, who works along Highway 59 in East Texas. It’s called “Bluebird, Bluebird,” and Locke will talk about it and other matters...

5:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

Attica Locke, who grew up in Houston and worked for three seasons as a writer for TV’s “Empire,” has a great new book series beginning, focusing on a black Texas Ranger, Darren Mathews, who works along Highway 59 in East Texas. It’s called “Bluebird, Bluebird,” and Locke will talk about it and other matters...
Roger D. Hodge tells a Texas story in a way you haven’t heard before
 West Texas native Roger D. Hodge’s new book, “Texas Blood,” has a peculiar structure — and a peculiar approach. It’s part memoir, part travelogue, part history and part literary criticism. In other words, it’s quite remarkable, mainly because it refuses to follow traditional forms of storytelling, and that...

6:50 PM Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

West Texas native Roger D. Hodge’s new book, “Texas Blood,” has a peculiar structure — and a peculiar approach. It’s part memoir, part travelogue, part history and part literary criticism. In other words, it’s quite remarkable, mainly because it refuses to follow traditional forms of storytelling, and that...
‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’ brings dark Greek tragedy to the suburbs
 Every once in a while, a movie comes along that offers you the opportunity to be an insufferable snoot or an intelligent moviegoer. It all depends on your delivery — and the willingness of your audience (or friends) to grant you authority. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is such a movie...

5:00 AM Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that offers you the opportunity to be an insufferable snoot or an intelligent moviegoer. It all depends on your delivery — and the willingness of your audience (or friends) to grant you authority. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is such a movie...
Satire of ‘Suburbicon’ doesn’t quite have enough bite
 “Suburbicon” feels like a Coen brothers takedown of 1950s suburban culture at first, but it’s based on one of their old scripts that was updated and melded with an idea from director and producer George Clooney and his writing partner, Grant Heslov. They wanted to add, as a subplot, the arrival of the first black family...

5:00 AM Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

“Suburbicon” feels like a Coen brothers takedown of 1950s suburban culture at first, but it’s based on one of their old scripts that was updated and melded with an idea from director and producer George Clooney and his writing partner, Grant Heslov. They wanted to add, as a subplot, the arrival of the first black family...
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