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Life at the End of the Road Depicted in The Leisure Seeker

Ella and John Spencer (Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland) seem to be nice people: friendly, educated, liberal, with two adult children and their golden years ahead. They have it...

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool: The Best New Movie You Know Nothing About

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Annette Bening gives a career-defining performance as aging film star who romances a man a quarter her age, brilliantly underplayed by...

Director Sean Baker Brings Gritty Reality to Screens in “The Florida Project”

Director Sean Baker employs the same raw but expressive style and use of amateur actors that worked so well in his tasty Tangerine. Here, he trades in the misfit-ridden streets of...

Friday Films, Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)

This jewel box of a museum in Pasadena definitely punches over its weight thanks to its world-class art collection, but even the most devout enthusiasts might not realize it also...

Is “The Phantom Thread” a Farewell Film From Daniel Day-Lewis?

1950s British couturier Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is very particular. While this helps him meticulously craft beautiful gowns for his rich important clients, it does...

Isabelle Huppert Collaborates with Michael Haneke in “Happy End”

There is a brutality to Michael Haneke’s films. It is often literal but it can sometimes be most scathing when more opaque. The best example is his 2012 Oscar winning Amour, in...

“Uncle Howard:” Offers a Touching Cinematic Tribute

A young filmmaker creates a cinematic elegy for the hero he lost to the epidemic. To the world, Howard Brookner was a rising Hollywood director who died of AIDS on the cusp of his...

The AIDS Crisis Overseas Depicted in a New Film, “BPM”

BPM begins in a lecture room full of passionate young French men and women loudly discussing (and reliving) the efficacy of their most recent fake blood-flinging protest, while...

Oscar Talk Swirls Around a New Movie Romance: “Call Me By Your Name”

Come away to the bucolic Italian countryside of 1983, where a young man’s world is budding with discovery and desire....

PBS Set to Air Armistead Maupin Documentary New Year’s Day

SXSW Audience Award winner The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, directed by Jennifer M. Kroot,...

Film’s New “Brokeback?” See “God’s Own Country”

It would be both accurate and yet also a disservice to refer to this film (as I have sometimes heard it called) as “Brokeback Mountain set in North England.” While this tale...

Review: “Tom of Finland” Scratches the Surface

For the uninitiated, Tom of Finland will put you front and center at the moment Touko Laaksonen decided to become a the best known creator of gay erotic art ever....