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A father doesn't always know best in the gripping Romanian drama 'Graduation'

“Graduation,” a film of gripping moral suspense from the Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu, opens with a rock being hurled through the window of a middle-aged doctor named Romeo (Adrian Titieni). It is the first of several attacks that take place over the course of the movie, including a...

'Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo' spotlights the men on the ground

“Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo” is a well-crafted, revealing British documentary reuniting the surviving team members entrusted with safely taking astronauts to the moon and back. Although these hidden figures are exclusively male and almost entirely Caucasian, there’s still much...

Marcel Ophüls' war crimes doc 'The Memory of Justice' gets new life

Critically lauded but little seen during its original 1976 release, "The Memory of Justice," Marcel Ophüls' powerful documentary about individual versus collective responsibility for war crimes, is about to get a new lease on life. Considered by the director (also known for “The Sorrow and the...

Cannes 2017: American indie darlings Noah Baumbach, Todd Haynes and Sofia Coppola form a competition corps

A range of unconventional American players — from Sofia Coppola to the Safdie Bros., Noah Baumbach to Netflix — will populate this year’s Cannes Film Festival competition lineup. Organizers announced the selections Thursday morning in Paris, where in addition to many of the European favorites came...

Vin Diesel flexes his muscles once more in 'Fate of the Furious' and addresses the 'family' feud

Vin Diesel is a tough guy tender enough to remember the last time he cried. Sitting in an exquisitely upholstered chair of a Beverly Hills hotel suite discussing his “dark” turn in the latest “Fast & Furious” film, he describes an emotional episode that transpired two days before, a familiar glint...

'The Fate of the Furious' is mostly spinning its wheels

Barely five minutes have elapsed in “The Fate of the Furious” before Michelle Rodriguez mutters, “It’s gonna be a bomb.” She is not talking about the movie (duh), but rather about a 1953 Chevy Fleetline whose hunkajunk engine Vin Diesel has cleverly souped up — though it might be more accurate...

Sylvester Stallone sues Warner Bros. over profits from 1993 movie 'Demolition Man'

Sylvester Stallone has made a fortune on films like the “Rocky” and “Rambo” franchises, and more recently on the three “The Expendables” movies. But it is a mostly forgotten action flick from the 1990s that is at the center of a new drama pitting the Oscar-nominated star against a major Hollywood...

A Romanian father-daughter tale about the moral failings of post-Communist Europe

Whispers of conspiracy slink through the ragged town by the railroad tracks. In a land of secret deals and illicit favors, where a man’s conscience is bartered for and haggled over, Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s new film, “Graduation,” is a tale of a generation that brought down a tyrant...

'Rogue One' director Gareth Edwards on bringing CG Tarkin and Leia into his galaxy

With the clock ticking down on the biggest film of his career, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” director Gareth Edwards wrestled with the high stakes ace up his sleeve: using computer graphics to digitally insert actor Peter Cushing, who died in 1994, into Edwards’ new “Star Wars” film as the iconic...

Frank talk from four female directors on quotas, likability and the gender budget gap

Most women directors don’t like to talk about gender. They’d rather just get on with their work. “I never think of myself as just being a female director,” says France’s Julia Ducournau, whose recent film “Raw” tells the story of a lifelong vegetarian who develops a taste for raw flesh after a...

'Smurfs' and 'Going in Style' are no match for 'Boss Baby' and 'Beauty'

Luckily, the box-office beating “The Boss Baby” and “Beauty and the Beast” put on Sony’s new release “Smurfs: The Lost Village” couldn’t make the animated gnomes any bluer. The Alec Baldwin-voiced infant with a briefcase took the No. 1 spot for the second week in a row, with an estimated $26.3...

Indie Focus: Struggles between women and men in 'Colossal,' 'Their Finest' and 'Your Name'

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. Last week I mentioned how the conversation that had popped up around the new “Ghost in the Shell” and that exchange of ideas definitely seems more important, creative and productive...

New video: 'Hidden Figures' is a stand-up-and-cheer kind of movie — in the best way

New on Blu-ray “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99; also available on VOD) One of last year’s most unexpected smash hits, the Oscar-nominated film is bound to be a staple in high schools for years to come because it illuminates two pieces of American history in a highly...

Director Jason Connery’s new film 'Tommy’s Honour' reflects a love of golf he shares with his famous father

Jason Connery has warm memories of golfing with his father, Sean Connery, when the actor wasn’t off portraying James Bond or starring in such films as 1975’s “The Man Who Would Be King.” And now the younger Connery is back on the links as director of the period drama “Tommy’s Honour,” the 2016...

Bandleader Vincent Giordano is the movie's go-to guy for early jazz

As he began developing the pilot for “Boardwalk Empire,” an HBO series about Atlantic City mobsters in the Roaring ’20s, creator Terence Winter was stumped when it came to designing a period soundtrack. All he heard in his head were endless tape loops of the Charleston and crazy crooners with megaphones....

Armie Hammer fully commits in military thriller 'Mine'

An American soldier confronts near-certain death in the gripping and emotional thriller “Mine,” from writer-directors Fabio Resinaro and Fabio Guaglione, proving once again, war is hell. Anchored by Armie Hammer’s superbly committed performance as Mike, a Marine sniper immobilized for more than...

The women who flipped the hero script, onscreen and off, in ‘Their Finest’

London, 1940, amid the panic of the Blitz: Copywriter Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) has landed a job scripting women’s dialogue for war films at a British ministry desperate to boost the national spirit, when she’s given a plum piece of advice from a co-worker (Sam Claflin) on writing for female...

'The Case for Christ' prioritizes drama over evidence

Lee Strobel became a fundamentalist Christian hero thanks to his 1998 book “The Case for Christ,” chronicling how his dogged research into Jesus’ resurrection helped convert him from atheism. Director Jon Gunn and screenwriter Brian Bird’s film version emphasizes Stobel’s personal drama over his...

Price of laughter in the Mideast made clear in 'Tickling Giants'

“I love sarcasm,” says Bassem Youssef, who wields it with the precision of a scalpel. “It allows me to cut through through people’s facades without spilling any blood.” Once upon a time, when he was a heart surgeon minding his own business saving lives in Cairo, real scalpels were Youssef's only...

The charm — and bite — of 'Their Finest,' a seamless blend of comedy and drama

“Their Finest" is a treat that has something on its mind, a charming concoction that adds a bit of texture and bite to the mix. Genial and engaging with a fine sense of humor, it makes blending the comic with the serious look simpler than it actually is. Starring a radiant and assured Gemma Arterton,...

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