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Why ‘Phantom Thread’ is a bad fit as Daniel Day-Lewis’ final movie

Why ‘Phantom Thread’ is a bad fit as Daniel Day-Lewis’ final movie

BY STEVE PERSALLTimes Movie CriticPaul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is passionless window-shop cinema, each static tableau lovingly arranged for display and easy dusting. Its centerpiece is a mannequin, albeit played by Daniel Day-Lewis, whose gi...
Published: 01/16/18
Coming-of-age love story ‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a rare treasure

Coming-of-age love story ‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a rare treasure

Another young man’s summer he’ll never forget is the core of Call Me By Your Name, a movie to likewise treasure. Luca Guadagnino’s coming out-of-age drama is a rare exception to familiar romantic rules.This film’s same-sex summer fling shared by a te...
Published: 01/16/18
Liam Neeson’s ‘The Commuter’ is terribly pedestrian action

Liam Neeson’s ‘The Commuter’ is terribly pedestrian action

Liam Neeson’s transportation troubles continue in The Commuter, ironically one of his more pedestrian action efforts.This time Neeson’s misshapen nose for danger leads him onto a train, after Non-Stop air travel, Run(ning) All Night and automobiles (...
Published: 01/10/18
Updated: 01/12/18
‘The Post’ lacks urgency in favor of saintly typecasting for Streep and Hanks

‘The Post’ lacks urgency in favor of saintly typecasting for Streep and Hanks

Steven Spielberg’s The Post is a fake news movie, a true story told phony to further an agenda.Some viewers won’t notice since Spielberg’s agenda includes defending First Amendment rights, celebrating female empowerment and sticking it to Richard Nix...
Published: 01/08/18
Here’s what Oscar voters will be looking at after the Golden Globes

Here’s what Oscar voters will be looking at after the Golden Globes

A fashion blackout and stirring calls to end sexism made afterthoughts of Sunday night’s Golden Globe winners. Just when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s choices mean more than they have in years.Timing is everything during movie awards seas...
Published: 01/08/18
What’s in theaters this week: ‘The Commuter,’ ‘Proud Mary,’ ‘Paddington 2,’ ‘The Post’

What’s in theaters this week: ‘The Commuter,’ ‘Proud Mary,’ ‘Paddington 2,’ ‘The Post’

OPENING FRIDAY:THE COMMUTERLiam Neeson has a particular set of MTA tickets in The Commuter (PG-13), tickets he acquired over a very long career selling insurance in New York. Tickets making rush hour a nightmare for people like him. This seat is Take...
Published: 01/03/18
Updated: 01/10/18
‘I, Tonya’ nails the landing on Tonya Harding’s rough and tumble story

‘I, Tonya’ nails the landing on Tonya Harding’s rough and tumble story

Tonya Harding was America’s sweathog in a sport preferring sweethearts, an Olympic skater always competing on thin ice.Craig Gillespie’s hysterically accurate biopic I, Tonya sets up the punchline she became. Harding’s spiteful rise and spectacular f...
Published: 12/29/17
Updated: 01/03/18
10 new movies to look forward to in 2018

10 new movies to look forward to in 2018

OPENING FRIDAY:INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEYDon’t worry, the first wide release of 2018 isn’t a sign of things to come.It’s the horror sequel Insidious: The Last Key (PG-13), Chapter 4 in the paranormal activity franchise that went downhill after St. Pete’...
Published: 12/28/17
Updated: 01/03/18
Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ could have done with a lot less talking

Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ could have done with a lot less talking

After an acclaimed career writing for the stage and screen, Aaron Sorkin makes his directing debut with Molly’s Game. The result is an audiobook with pictures, a true story told almost entirely in voiceover, each character and motivation described mo...
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Best of 2017: Top 10 best movies, from ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Get Out’

Best of 2017: Top 10 best movies, from ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Get Out’

So long, 2017. Don’t let the door hit you. It was a good year for movies and not much else. Movies weren’t an escape; they were a mass exodus from terrible news, lately about Hollywood itself. Yet many of the best movies showed what we were dodging, ...
Updated one month ago