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THE FOUNDER IS FORGETTABLE

The Founder tells one of the greatest stories in the history of American business…so why isn’t it a better movie? Michael Keaton is in top form as Ray Kroc, a perpetually struggling salesman with a sketchy grasp of ethics. He … READ MORE

THE MAN BEHIND ‘SUNSET BLVD’

Billy Wilder is one of the towering figures of American cinema, a writer and director whose credits speak for themselves. Yet, interestingly, he always worked with a writing partner—first Charles Brackett (on such films as Ninotchka, Midnight, and Hold READ MORE

ANNETTE BENING VALIDATES ‘20th CENTURY WOMEN’

“Write what you know,” aspiring authors are always told. Filmmaker Mike Mills decided to write about his mother and the surrogate family he grew up with in Santa Barbara, California, circa 1979. 20th Century Women is a work of … READ MORE

ROBERT DE NIRO IN ‘THE COMEDIAN’—A WASTE OF TIME AND TALENT

Robert De Niro fully commits to his character in The Comedian even though he’s not a terribly likable guy. De Niro is a past master of this; after all, he played Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull. But The Comedian READ MORE

VINCE GIORDANO: THERE’S A FUTURE IN THE PAST

If you are already a fan of Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks like me, you’ll need no urging to see this new documentary by Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards. It opens at the Cinema Village in Manhattan today. For nearly … READ MORE

PATRIOTS DAY: SUSPENSE AND TEARS IN EQUAL MEASURE

Patriots Day is a compelling dramatization of events surrounding the Jihadist-inspired bombing of innocent people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013. Since we know the broad details of the story and its aftermath, it is to … READ MORE

SCORSESE’S ‘SILENCE’ IS GOLDEN

I would not normally rush to see a film about Portuguese priests on a mission to 16th century Japan. But Silence is the work of a master, Martin Scorsese, who has labored to bring Shusaku Endo’s acclaimed novel to … READ MORE

‘LIVE BY NIGHT’: A MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT

I had high hopes for Live by Night, Ben Affleck’s latest effort as director, writer, and star. I’m a great admirer of his previous films (Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo) but this one falls short, … READ MORE

RARE SILENT FILMS STREAMING ONLINE—FOR FREE

Imagine having a world-class film archive at your fingertips, free of charge. Back in 2000, The National Film Preservation Foundation marked a milestone by releasing a DVD set called Treasures from American Film Archives. It was honored by the … READ MORE

Soundtrack Review: The Ten Commandments

By Greg Ehrbar

As a movie, The Ten Commandments is as big as DeMille could have commanded it to be in 1957. What isn’t as well known is how big a break it was for Oscar-winning composer Elmer Bernstein. Victor … READ MORE

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