The Malta Independent 22 February 2018, Thursday

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

Sunday, 24 December 2017, 14:22 Last update: about 3 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 3 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 3 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...

HBO film looks at legendary Washington Post editor Bradlee

Thursday, 21 December 2017, 14:16 Last update: about 3 months ago Associated Press

The White House is hostile to the press, public figures misbehave and a vital Washington Post is at the center of the national conversation. Think any of those things are new? HBO's film on the...

Q&A: Denzel on 'Roman J. Israel,' 'Malcolm X' and 'Shaft'

Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 14:13 Last update: about 3 months ago

Denzel Washington, 62 years-old and a seven-time Oscar nominee, is still trying to get better. In Dan Gilroy's "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," Washington has challenged himself with one of his most...

McDormand gives blistering turn in '3 Billboards'

Sunday, 10 December 2017, 10:41 Last update: about 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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...

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