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Those with even a cursory knowledge of American history already know most of the story: J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1924 to 1972, viewed Martin Luther King Jr. as a threat to law and order, or maybe just his own stranglehold on the American justice system. The bureau kept […]
The biggest problem with being rich and successful, so I’m told, is that you stop hearing the word “no.” Take George Clooney. He is one of his generation’s most charismatic movie stars. He is a muse of talented directors like Steven Soderbergh and Joel and Ethan Coen. He is liked by just about everyone. Somewhere […]
It is fitting that Chadwick Boseman’s final film performance would be Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, an adaptation of an August Wilson play. Wilson’s 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle, which includes Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, famously documents many facets of the twentieth century African American experience. Likewise, Boseman’s career had an eye on history: Over the years he […]
Roger Ebert famously said, “No good movie is too long. No bad movie is short enough.” By that standard, Wander Darkly is an excruciating 90 minutes. Its characters are unlikable, its story is clichéd, and its emotional beats are pathetic. There is a supernatural element to the film, and since it depicts the highs and […]
“You cannot capture a man’s life in two hours,” says screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman), the subject of the behind-the-scenes Hollywood drama Mank. “You can only hope to leave an impression of it.” For better and for worse, that’s what director David Fincher accomplishes in this frustrating but undeniably impressive film. Best known to movie […]