The Malta Independent 20 February 2018, Tuesday

Cinema

'The Last Jedi' aims to capture that old Star Wars feeling

Sunday, 7 January 2018, 14:47 Last update: about 2 months ago Associated Press

Han Solo is dead. Luke Skywalker is back, but changed. And Leia Organa's story will soon be coming to an end. The Star Wars that inspired four decades of passionate fandom appears to be slowly...

A lovely, delicate romance in 'Call Me By Your Name'

Saturday, 6 January 2018, 15:21 Last update: about 2 months ago Associated Press

The hours move slowly in "Call Me By Your Name ." It's summertime in Northern Italy in 1983 on a secluded 17th century villa, where life among the antiquities is beautifully tranquil and nothing...

Kristen Stewart dives into grief in directorial debut

Saturday, 6 January 2018, 14:41 Last update: about 2 months ago Associated Press

Kristen Stewart's directing ambitions go all the way back to when she was an 11-year-old performing in the 2002 David Fincher thriller "Panic Room." "I was working with Jodie Foster and I was...

Good intentions go up in smoke in 'Only the Brave'

Friday, 5 January 2018, 14:39 Last update: about 3 months ago Associated Press

Firefighters must be our last real superheroes. They run toward stuff that's on fire, for heaven's sake. There are the few public servants — not cops, politicians or doctors — as beloved...

In 'American Made,' a new (but the same) Tom Cruise

Thursday, 4 January 2018, 14:37 Last update: about 3 months ago Associated Press

There are basically two kinds of Tom Cruise performances, and both can look pretty similar on the surface. Each likes sunglasses, going fast and smiling big. He never exactly loosens up or slows...

'Thor: Ragnarok' takes the god to funny heights

Wednesday, 3 January 2018, 14:44 Last update: about 3 months ago Associated Press

In the stand-alone films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor always seemed to get the short end of the stick. The Thor films were never as popular as Iron Man, and didn’t gain steam...

Barbra Streisand concert film a gooey lump of blah

Wednesday, 3 January 2018, 14:14 Last update: about 3 months ago Associated Press

The point of paying for a baby sitter, fighting traffic and paying huge ticket prices to go see your favorite music act in the flesh is to see them working hard — to see them sweat. But you'll...

'Stranger Things': Even stranger for David Harbour in year 2

Sunday, 24 December 2017, 14:22 Last update: about 2 months ago Associated Press

Even the title is enigmatic. "Stranger Things" could mean so many things: the recent extreme weather; Washington politics; fad recipes for kale. Nearly everyone knows about "Stranger Things." But...

'Mudbound' a moving, literary epic of family, race

Saturday, 23 December 2017, 14:20 Last update: about 2 months ago Associated Press

Perhaps it's a sign of the times that after seeing an epic story as poetically told as Dee Rees' "Mudbound ," feelings of awe and admiration are quickly replaced with frustration that Hollywood hasn't...

In 'Shape of Water,' a Technicolor ode to outsiders

Friday, 22 December 2017, 14:17 Last update: about 2 months ago

A warm, generous spirit of affection and insurrection washes over Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water," a Cold War-era fairytale that submerges you in the fantastical realm of the director's...

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