In addition to the terrific ensemble acting and the pleasures of watching an expertly designed human board game being played out, director Paul Thomas Anderson is showcasing the self-immolation of an artist who is both inspired and undone by his muse.
The movie is headed for a box office blitz. But it is the potential it has to elevate the role models for young people of color that has rallied donations of more than $400,000 from across the globe to help send thousands of children in the US to see it.
Director Ryan Coogler is also the co-writer of “Black Panther,” with Joe Robert Cole, and he understands better than any of the other Marvel maestros that for a superhero movie to be more than a popcorn jamboree it needs to have a purpose beyond mere cacophony and hijinks.
Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman,” the favorite to win this year’s Oscar for best foreign language film, is about the tribulations of a transgender woman in present-day Santiago, Chile.
Israeli scientists participate in an experiment simulating a mission to Mars, at the D-MARS Desert Mars Analog Ramon Station project of Israel's Space Agency, Ministry of Science, near Mitzpe Ramon, Israel, Feb. 18.
Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' was the most astonishing writing-directing debut in years, while 'The Florida Project,' about wayfarers living week to week in run-down budget motels outside Disney World, is one of the most lyrical evocations of childhood our critic has ever seen.
The film is now one of the 10 domestically highest-grossing movies of the year. As a historical drama, it stands in sharp contrast to such fellow Top 10 list occupiers as the remake of 'Beauty and the Beast' and superhero movies 'Wonder Woman' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'
The cold-war melodrama featuring Michael Shannon, as a big bad government agent, is less interesting than the relationship between the mute Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a night-shift janitor, and the mysterious merman captured in the Amazon.