The Malta Independent 20 February 2017, Monday

Cinema

Lovingly constructed 'Red Turtle' entertains slowly

Sunday, 19 February 2017, 15:16 Last update: about 5 days ago

In its typical Hollywood form, an animated feature is usually the cinematic equivalent of a sugar rush - a frantic barrage of colors and movement and jokes and sounds. It's safe to say...

The McConaissance reaches its limits in 'Gold'

Saturday, 18 February 2017, 15:12 Last update: about 5 days ago

It was probably inevitable that Matthew McConaughey's bold rebirth - that terrific run of "True Detective" ''Magic Mike," ''The Wolf of Wall Street," ''Interstellar," ''Mud" and "Dallas Buyers Club" -...

'I Am Not Your Negro' is radical and of the moment

Friday, 17 February 2017, 15:10 Last update: about 5 days ago

Somewhat deep into the searing and utterly necessary documentary "I Am Not Your Negro ," director Raoul Peck overlays audio from a 1960 U.S. Government film "The Land We Love," in which the...

In 'The Founder,' cutthroat big business, supersized

Thursday, 16 February 2017, 15:09 Last update: about 5 days ago

Ketchup, mustard, two pickles. In John Lee Hancock's "The Founder," about Ray Kroc and the making of McDonald's, the ingredients for success are ruthlessly simple. When Kroc (Michael...

Fun performances aren't enough to save 'Split'

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 15:08 Last update: about 5 days ago

"Split " is a movie in which James McAvoy plays a man with 23 personalities. Some of them are kind. Some are strange. Some are talented. Some are deranged. One is a woman. One is a child. And one...

In 'The Salesman,' echoes of Arthur Miller in Tehran

Saturday, 11 February 2017, 14:53 Last update: about 13 days ago

Even as Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi layers his films with complexity - with characters whose intimacies are crowded by politics, society and the past - his command of narrative is utterly...

'Rogue One' moves 'Star Wars' forward by going back

Friday, 10 February 2017, 14:52 Last update: about 13 days ago

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there were more stories than those of the Skywalker family. That was the idea Disney was counting on when it purchased George Lucas's empire Lucasfilm for...

Natalie Portman explores the mysteries of Jackie Kennedy

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 14:51 Last update: about 13 days ago

Jacqueline Kennedy did not have a conventional speaking voice. It's part New York, part prep school Mid-Atlantic, and it's jarring to most modern ears. Natalie Portman remembers her first few days on...

In 'Patriots Day,' a community disarms terrorism

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 14:50 Last update: about 13 days ago

Bombs detonated in the center of Boston are disarmed by bonds of family and community in Peter Berg's "Patriots Day," a stirring ode to civic life in the age of terrorism. "Patriots...

In 'I Am Not Your Negro,' fire of Baldwin's words burns anew

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 14:46 Last update: about 13 days ago

One of the surest ways to see the power and relevance of James Baldwin's words today would be to look at some of the signs of recent protesters. "If I love you I must make you conscious of things you...

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