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Actor Bill Murray and screenwriter/director Sofia Coppola found their way to Oscar attention with Lost in Translation , but they tread a lesser path with their new pairing called On the Rocks . A slight premise limits them, but the duo nonetheless provides an enjoyable jaunt that covers several topics and ultimately solidifies itself by celebrating…
 
The prestige of Korean films exploded since the time nearly twenty years ago when I traveled there as a panelist for the Busan Film Festival. Korean Air screened the first Korean movie I ever saw; back then, the country’s films rarely made it to United States theaters. After that, I went out of my way to catch Korean movies, which was not an easy t…
 
Except for a brief period as a pre-teen and a short stint teaching middle school, I’ve spent most of my life avoiding twelve-year-old boys. This makes me the wrong audience for the new feature film, War with Grandpa . True, filmmakers try to lure a broader, family audience that includes adults by hiring a terrific older cast. Robert de Niro plays t…
 
You don’t expect a musical number in a biopic about Gloria Steinem, but Director Julie Taymor puts a little bit of song and dance into the mix with her new movie about the activist. As she did when she won a Tony by turning Disney animated characters into live actors handling puppets for Broadway’s The Lion King , Taymor looks for unexpected approa…
 
Movie star Ewan McGregor lets fans armchair travel with him on his newest project, an Apple TV series called Long Way Up . But rather than relax in a comfortable chair himself, the screen’s iconic Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Star Wars franchise sits on a motorcycle and steers it some thirteen thousand miles from the tip of South America to Los Angeles.…
 
The chance to see Geraldine Viswanathan in three new projects makes it a great season for her. “Who?” you might ask. The actress defies old-fashioned movie star traits, yet she headlines the theatrical release of The Broken Hearts Gallery and boasts the title role in Hala , a film streaming on Apple Plus. Throw in a key part for HBO’s Bad Education…
 
The Old Guard challenges traditional action movie conceits by putting women front and center as director and stars. Sure, D.C.’s Wonder Woman already did that—but with colorful, form fitting costumes designed to please comic book fanboys. While The Old Guard ’s graphic novel source bears similarities to comics, the team dresses in practical army ge…
 
Covid-19 failed to stop Reno’s annual movie festival, despite the closing of traditional venues. Joining with Artown for several free presentations, Reno’s Cordillera Festival put its “summer shorts” lineup at the West Wind El Rancho Drive-in. I watched all seven entries and love the quality, ingenuity, and insights the dedicated filmmakers create.…
 
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