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Cinema

In 'The Farewell,' a family drama straddling East and West

Friday, 13 September 2019, 12:06 Last update: about 5 days ago Associated Press

Film director Lulu Wang knew her pitch for "The Farewell" was unconventional. She wanted to make an autobiographical drama about the time when, in 2013, her family learned that her grandmother in...

In 'Stuber,' a buddy comedy runs on fumes

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 13:51 Last update: about 6 days ago Associated Press

If you're going to see one comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani as an Uber driver, please make it the 2017 film he co-scripted, "The Big Sick." In "Stuber," Nanjiani is again behind the wheel of a...

Autumn Preview: The women behind Elsa on 'Frozen 2'

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 09:32 Last update: about 7 days ago Associated Press

Years after "Frozen" came out, some of us still can't walk through our home without accidentally prompting "Let it Go" to erupt from some unseen toy. Elsa never really left us. But she's...

'Art of Self-Defense' examines, satirizes toxic masculinity

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 08:00 Last update: about 8 days ago Associated Press

Director Riley Stearns says he didn't realize he was making a perfect movie for 2019 when he started writing "The Art of Self-Defense " four years ago. But his darkly comedic riff on toxic...

For Julie Andrews, sudden success was 'like an assault'

Friday, 6 September 2019, 10:10 Last update: about 12 days ago Associated Press

Hollywood success came so suddenly for Julie Andrews, she said it felt like "an assault." The 83-year-old star is nothing but grateful for everything that's come her way, but she had the unique...

Autumn Movie Preview: 'Joker' gets a prestige makeover

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 10:37 Last update: about 14 days ago Associated Press

The Joker has been around for almost 80 years and there's no shortage of portrayals. There are even some legendary ones by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. But by most accounts, Joaquin Phoenix's spin...

Autumn Preview: Bong Joon Ho and 'Parasite' are coming for you

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 10:04 Last update: about 15 days ago Associated Press

Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite" may be the only film this fall that's already an award-winner and a box-office smash. "Parasite" will arrive in U.S. theaters Oct. 11 after having already amassed $70.9...

In 'Marianne & Leonard,' a love immortalized in song

Monday, 2 September 2019, 09:38 Last update: about 16 days ago Associated Press

It's not exactly a hit parade, the songs that have been turned into movies. There was the shambling reconstruction of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant," the fizzy pop of "Earth Girls Are Easy," the...

A lovely, bittersweet family story in 'The Farewell'

Friday, 30 August 2019, 09:08 Last update: about 19 days ago Associated Press

The premise behind writer and director Lulu Wang's wonderful film "The Farewell " might be a little hard to accept for some audiences. A family collectively decides not to tell their grandmother that...

'Yesterday' takes a great idea, adds too much sugar

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 10:27 Last update: about 21 days ago Associated Press

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a soulful if brooding young man, with a very pleasant singing voice. But when we meet him, the fledgling songwriter and supermarket clerk from coastal England feels stuck...

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