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‘A Hidden Life’ review: Terrence Malick’s strongest film in years

It may not surprise you to learn that “A Hidden Life,” the new film written and directed by Terrence Malick, begins with a voiceover over a black screen. “I thought that we could build our nest high up,” a man intones in a near-whisper, “like birds, in the mountains.” What comes next, though, is surprising: […]

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Why fashion groups are starting their own pop-up film festivals

The flurry of recent award-show nominations, including Monday’s 2020 Golden Globes announcements and Wednesday’s Screen Actors Guild Award list, is a reminder of how the moving image — on screens large and handheld — can build buzz for movie studios and those who create their content. However, as a couple of L.A.-based screening series — […]

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Review: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ is more retread than upgrade

Two years ago, amid the glut of a busy holiday movie season, I opted not to review “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” You won’t read a less interesting opening sentence in this newspaper, I know, but bear with me. Catching up with the movie several weeks and several hundred million dollars in box office later, […]

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Genndy Tartakovsky talks; his ‘Primal: Tales of Savagery’ doesn’t

The Envelope Live screening series continued Dec. 4 at the Montalbán in Hollywood with a presentation of the Oscar-contending animated feature “Primal: Tales of Savagery.” The theatrical release compiles the first four episodes of Genndy Tartakovsky’s current Adult Swim series, “Primal.” The animation hero (“Clone Wars,” “Samurai Jack”) was on hand to chat with The […]

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Critic’s Choice: Cate Blanchett in ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’

Earlier this year, my Times colleague Kenneth Turan praised Richard Linklater’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” for “its focus on the power of a mother-daughter bond and what can befall creative people when they no longer create.” Not every critic shared his admiration, though I certainly did. Adapted from Maria Semple’s acclaimed novel, the movie (now […]

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The life and legacy of SF Mayor Ed Lee is chronicled in a new documentary

It’s been two years since San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died suddenly from a heart attack at 65, yet many are still feeling the impact of his loss. “I still tear up when I think about Ed, because when you lose someone who made a difference, you can’t help but feel a sense of loss. […]

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Review: ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ from Xavier Dolan

Growing up in public can’t be easy. The French-Canadian filmmaker and actor Xavier Dolan saw his first film, “I Killed My Mother,” premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 when he was barely 20 years old, and he has been a fixture of the international festival circuit ever since. His seventh feature film, “The […]

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Review: Personal touches bring life to ‘Animation Show of Shows’

The 21st annual Animation Show of Shows, a collection of eight independent short films and two mini-documentaries from seven countries, offers a welcome reminder that in the hands of a talented artist, an animated film can make a statement as personal as a signature. The brilliant pastel colors in Joanna Lurie’s “Le Jour Extraordinaire” (Flowing […]

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‘Cunningham’ movie re-creates Merce’s ‘RainForest’ balloon dance

Silver mylar pillows — large rectangular balloons filled with helium — engulfed the stage in choreographer Merce Cunningham’s 1968 work “RainForest.” The balloons, created by Pop artist Andy Warhol, appeared as a thick forest onstage. Some were grounded, others drifted like clouds as Cunningham’s cast of six dancers performed choreography inspired by the wildness of […]

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‘In the Heights’ trailer: Lin-Manuel Miranda musical hits screen

The first look at the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical “In the Heights” is finally here, and it promises plenty of vibrant colors and dazzling dance numbers. Warner Bros. released a trailer Thursday for the highly anticipated project directed by “Crazy Rich Asians” filmmaker Jon M. Chu. The story follows the ups […]