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Movies Review

Ethan Hawke in 'Tesla.'

‘Tesla’ Review: A Postmodern Biopic for a Modern Genius

If you want to be bored breathless by how Serbian inventor Nicola Tesla (1856-1943) figured into the feud between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over direct and alternating currents, try 2019’s The Current War. It’s biopic trolling at its dullest. Or you may want to consider Tesla, which is both a corrective and a mesmerizing …

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Sophie Cundale review – boxing meets Blackadder in a maggoty mash-up | Art and design

Plague at the gates, a mad queen, a defeated boxer’s concussed hallucination and enough craziness, gushing blood and seething hatred for a Jacobean tragedy. Artist Sophie Cundale packs more into a half-hour film than seems possible, let alone advisable. The Near Room, which takes its title from the mental space Muhammad Ali said he entered …

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train to busan peninsula

‘Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula’ Takes Zombie Movies Nowhere

Since Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite hit the jackpot at this year’s Oscars, all eyes are on South Korea as a new film mecca. That piles expectations on Peninsula, writer-director Yeon Sang-ho’s follow-up to 2016’s Train to Busan, his surprise smash about zombies who crash a ride on a bullet train where even traveling first class earns …

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My Rembrandt review – to have and to hold the Dutch master | Film

In this documentary about a series of eccentric collectors obsessed with the revered artist, the Dutch director Oeke Hoogendijk shoots her subjects with a cool scepticism. American tycoon Thomas Kaplan owns 11 Rembrandts. “Here’s my admission,” he says, recounting his purchase of Study of an Elderly Woman in a White Cap. He leans in conspiratorially …

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The title character (voiced by Sam Rockwell) of the Disney+ movie 'The One and Only Ivan.'

‘The One and Only Ivan’ Review: Animals Are People, Too

With Sam Rockwell voicing the title role of a 400-pound silverback gorilla and fellow Oscar winner Angelina Jolie joining the fun as an elephant named Stella, this CGI/live-action combo sounds like a raucous good time for kids of all ages. Right? Only it isn’t raucous…not really. Based on Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Medal-winning 2013 novel, with …

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The One And Only Ivan review – Disney’s painting gorilla movie lacks colour | Film

There’s a late summer laze to Disney’s third-tier kids film The One and Only Ivan, one of their rare live-action offerings that isn’t yet another unnecessary remake of an animated hit. It’s a true story that inspired a much-loved novel which in turn became, briefly, a hot property in Hollywood with Mike Newell attached to …

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Trai Byers, center, in 'The 24th.'

‘The 24th’ Review: Revisiting a Riot, and a Historical Racial Injustice

On the evening of August 23rd, 1917, while American boys fought next to their brethren overseas, a group of soldiers marched into the streets of Houston, Texas. They begun firing on locals, many of whom were officers of the law. By the time the sun rose the next morning, 11 civilians, five policeman and four …

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Wonders in the Suburbs review – charming genuine oddity of a film | Film

As an actor, Jeanne Balibar has done fine, intelligent work for decades with directors ranging from Jacques Rivette to Pedro Costa: I last saw her in Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables and this movie is set in the same Montfermeil district, partly among the high-rise blocks around which Ly sent his video-drone floating, although this film …

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Russell Crowe in 'Unhinged'

‘Unhinged’: Russell Crowe Has Road Rage — Are You Not Entertained? (No)

Known as the Russell Crowe road-rage movie, Unhinged hits theaters — or at least the ones that dare to open stateside — on August 21st. Is it worth going masked and still risk infection to sit in a poorly ventilated multiplex, no matter how socially distanced, to see Crowe play demolition derby in daytime traffic? …

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Burning Man: Art on Fire review – impressive behind-the-scenes glimpse | Documentary films

If the inhabitants of Mad Max ever managed a mini-break from the grimness of post-apocalyptic life to a festival, it might look a bit like Burning Man – the hippyish summer solstice celebration held every year in the Nevada desert. Gerald Fox’s documentary shows how organisers impressively erect a city for 70,000 people out of …

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