The Malta Independent 15 December 2017, Friday

Cinema

McDormand gives blistering turn in '3 Billboards'

Sunday, 10 December 2017, 10:41 Last update: about 10 days ago Associated Press

That face. Frances McDormand's face is one of the first things you see in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," and it's impossible not to be struck by its pure decency. Perhaps it's...

In Palme d'Or winner 'The Square,' a charming satire

Friday, 8 December 2017, 10:24 Last update: about 10 days ago

Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund's last film, "Force Majeure," began with the rumble of an alpine avalanche and the wallop of a shattered self-image. When a swelling white tide appears headed straight...

Disney hopes for its next blockbuster in newest 'Star Wars'

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 10:16 Last update: about 10 days ago

Disney's $4 billion deal for Lucasfilm and "Star Wars" just keeps getting better for the House of Mouse. The company is banking on the latest installments, "The Last Jedi" in December and a Han...

Julia Roberts says 'Wonder' shows radical power of kindness

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 11:49 Last update: about 16 days ago Associated Press

"Wonder" could have been designed as an antidote to the headlines. It's a thoroughly positive movie about the importance of kindness. Based on R.J. Palacio's best-selling children's novel, the...

'A Bad Moms Christmas' tastes like a stale chestnut

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 10:14 Last update: about 10 days ago Associated Press

In that old Christmas stalwart "Love Actually," the wonderful Bill Nighy plays an aging rock star angling for an easy payday by cynically subbing the word "Christmas" into one of his hits, and...

Iran's first Oscar submission directed by woman causes stir

Sunday, 3 December 2017, 11:48 Last update: about 16 days ago Associated Press

A movie about a young girl whose fantasy world helps her escape the hard realities of growing up in the countryside near Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution is Iran's first-ever...

Increasingly predictable 'Roman' wastes Washington

Thursday, 30 November 2017, 11:47 Last update: about 16 days ago Associated Press

It's getting close to Oscar season and that means it's time for an early prediction. Ready? Here goes: The Academy Award for Worst Title of a Motion Picture will surely go to "Roman J. Israel,...

Teller delivers strong, thoughtful turn in vet drama

Friday, 24 November 2017, 13:00 Last update: about 25 days ago Associated Press

"Thank You For Your Service" may be an Iraq war film. But its most harrowing scene takes place far from the battlefield: in the sterile, dingy waiting room of the Department of Veterans...

'Murder on the Orient Express' is a lavish romp

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 12:00 Last update: about 25 days ago Associated Press

Kenneth Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express " is a visual feast, bursting with movie stars, glamour and production value so high, you might just exit the theater experiencing some time-warp...

Review: 'Lady Bird' shows a perfect slice of teenage life

Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 10:28 Last update: about 25 days ago Associated Press

Lady Bird is obsessed with place. Her place in the world, in her Catholic high school, in her school play, in her own family and in her unglamorous hometown of Sacramento ("the Midwest of California")...

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