The Malta Independent 22 March 2019, Friday

Cinema

Learning to love the rom-com in 'Isn't It Romantic'

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 09:11 Last update: about 3 days ago Associated Press

Even when done well, the romantic comedy is easy to pick on. They're so earnest and full of clichés and unrealistic fairy tale standards. Intelligent women have been taught that there should be...

'High Flying Bird' is an exhilarating fast break

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 09:09 Last update: about 3 days ago Associated Press

Straight, "no chaser" is how NBA agent Ray Burke (Andre Holland) likes his news in "High Flying Bird," and the same could be said for the cinematic preferences of director Steven Soderbergh, whose...

'Never Look Away' is an absorbing, exhausting ride

Tuesday, 19 March 2019, 09:08 Last update: about 3 days ago Associated Press

What to say about an Oscar-nominated film that's more than three hours long, apparently despised by the man whose life inspired it, and has been called both a masterpiece and a manipulation? Perhaps...

In 'Fighting With My Family,' WWE dreams turn real

Monday, 18 March 2019, 09:06 Last update: about 3 days ago Associated Press

Even the most eccentric passions of working-class England — long a favored reservoir of feel-good underdog tales — have seldom featured as much spandex as "Fighting With My...

'Alita: Battle Angel' is big eyes and big effects

Friday, 15 March 2019, 10:25 Last update: about 9 days ago Associated Press

Alita is just like a typical teenage girl. She loves chocolate, breaks curfew and crushes on a bad boy with floppy hair, a leather jacket and a motorcycle. But Alita isn't typical in other ways. For...

'Serenity' now? No thank you

Thursday, 14 March 2019, 10:24 Last update: about 9 days ago Associated Press

The elevator pitch for Steven Knight's "Serenity" would be: "'Key Largo' meets 'Westworld.'" And it's every bit as ridiculous as that sounds. Seven decades after Humphrey Bogart indelibly steered...

Film on Breslin and Hamill shows perils of local journalism

Wednesday, 13 March 2019, 10:20 Last update: about 9 days ago Associated Press

HBO's new film on newspaper columnists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill romanticizes an era in New York and journalism that feels like a long, long time ago. The fact that it's very recent history...

Everything is pretty good in 'The LEGO Movie 2'

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 10:18 Last update: about 9 days ago Associated Press

"The LEGO Movie" is a hard act to follow. Its world was so fresh and vibrant and unexpected, it's no wonder that it spawned a number of spinoffs of varying quality. But the big test was always going...

'What Men Want' is to avoid this blunder of a film

Friday, 8 March 2019, 11:29 Last update: about 17 days ago Associated Press

Not to kick off this review with a spoiler alert, but after seeing "What Men Want" the answer to what men want is probably the same as what women want: Not to be ripped off by yet another dubious...

'Velvet Buzzsaw' a gloriously gory art-world satire

Thursday, 7 March 2019, 11:27 Last update: about 17 days ago Associated Press

The art installation, so often a playground in the contemporary art museum, is in Dan Gilroy's gloriously gory satire "Velvet Buzzsaw" a terror chamber. Interactivity is involuntary. "Velvet...

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