The Malta Independent 24 January 2017, Tuesday

Cinema

Affleck's stylish 'Live by Night' is by the numbers

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 15:55 Last update: about 4 hours ago

Ben Affleck is no doubt an ambitious and tasteful filmmaker, but he's gotten himself in a bit of hot water with the bloated period gangster epic "Live by Night ." It looks and sounds right and...

'Toni Erdmann' cringes, smiles, sings through life

Sunday, 22 January 2017, 15:43 Last update: about 7 days ago

"Toni Erdmann " is a hard film to love, but that might be the point. The German movie from the clearly talented and incisive writer/director Maren Ade seems like it should be a comedy - the...

Loach film is a searing call for humanity, decency

Saturday, 21 January 2017, 15:42 Last update: about 7 days ago

The 80-year-old British director and social critic has long been an ardent, insistent, eloquent champion of the more vulnerable members of society - particularly working-class folks who are trying to...

In uplifting 'Hidden Figures,' three women's rise

Friday, 20 January 2017, 15:40 Last update: about 7 days ago

Theodore Melfi's buoyant "Hidden Figures" is an old-fashioned feel-good movie with powerful contemporary relevance, spearheaded by a trio of unstoppable actresses playing black women who wouldn't be...

Bening shines as a '70s mom, trying to figure it out

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 15:33 Last update: about 7 days ago

Way too many films out there are heavy on plot and exposition, light on atmosphere and character development. It's safe to say "20th Century Women" isn't one of them. Indeed, this new...

Wilson's words sing in Washington's 'Fences'

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 16:36 Last update: about 14 days ago

The blue music of "Fences" sings with a ferocious beauty in Denzel Washington's long-in-coming adaptation of August Wilson's masterpiece of African-American survival and sorrow. Transfers from...

'Sing' sings along, with humor and poignancy

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 16:35 Last update: about 14 days ago

We'll star a cuddly koala. We'll get McConaughey, Witherspoon, some other A-listers. We'll throw in everyone's favorite pop songs - get Legal on the phone! And hey, we'll add a fart joke. How could it...

Scorsese's 'Silence' is a gorgeous, tedious journey

Friday, 13 January 2017, 16:34 Last update: about 14 days ago

Martin Scorsese's "Silence " is not an easy film to watch. At times it's grotesquely violent, at others tediously slow. But it is a full and worthy cinematic experience that is bold, thought...

In 'Barry,' a young Obama, long before 'hope'

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 16:33 Last update: about 14 days ago

Vikram Ghandi's "Barry," a snapshot of Obama as a college student, is the second of the year, following Richard Tanne's "Southside With You," a presidential rom-com about Obama's first date with...

Climate change film 'An Inconvenient Truth' gets a sequel

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 16:32 Last update: about 14 days ago

Paramount Pictures said Friday the follow-up to the Oscar-winning original will premiere at next January's Sundance Film Festival. In the new documentary, former Vice President Gore examines...

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