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Heist movies: The con is on!

365体育投注Engaging casts dabble in light-hearted larceny By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Thanks to streaming services, being housebound isn’t merely a good excuse to catch up with recent films that flew beneath the radar; it’s also an excellent opportunity to seek out older releases that may have eluded you. I’ve long been fond of heist […]

‘Stargirl’: Shines bright

‘Stargirl’ Four stars  Starring: Grace VanderWaal, Graham Verchere, Giancarlo Esposito, Darby Stanchfield, Maximiliano Hernández, Karan Brar, Collin Blackford and Annacheska Brown Rating: PG, for no particular reason Heartfelt performances fuel this sweet coming-of-age saga By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic One can’t help being amazed by the synchronicity between Grace VanderWaal and Jerry Spinelli’s 2000 […]

‘Photograph’: Sharply focused

365体育投注‘Photograph’ Four stars  Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Farrukh Jaffar, Geetanjali Kulkarni and Jim Sarbh Rating: PG, for no particular reason Delicately shaded characters highlight this quietly poignant drama By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Sometimes relationships sneak up on us, under the most unlikely circumstances. “Photograph” — not to be confused with “The Photograph,” […]

‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’: Truly inspirational

365体育投注‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Four stars Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Aïssa Maïga, Lily Banda, Lemogang Tsipa, Joseph Marcell, Philbert Falakeza Rating: PG, for dramatic intensity First-time director Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers a masterful fact-based drama By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Since many (most? all?) of us are housebound at the moment, and […]

‘I Still Believe’: Worship overload

365体育投注‘I Still Believe’ Three stars  Starring: K.J. Apa, Britt Robertson, Gary Sinise, Nathan Dean, Shania Twain and Cameron Arnett Rating: PG, for no particular reason Biographical saga blends music with cloying melodrama By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Faith-based films defy conventional commentary. They’re a breed apart, with but one goal in mind: targeted specifically […]

‘Onward’: Uneven journey

‘Onward’ 3.5 stars Starring (voices): Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez, Tracey Ullman, Lena Waithe and Ali Wong Rating: PG, for fantasy peril Familiarity breeds discontent in this somewhat clumsy fantasy By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Despite the traditional Pixar gloss — their films always look spectacular — “Onward” is […]

‘The Invisible Man’: Nothing to see here

365体育投注‘The Invisible Man’ Two stars  Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman and Oliver Jackson-Cohen Rating: R, for profanity and strong bloody violence Promising premise dissolves into a typically dumb horror flick By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic It starts so well. Writer/director Leigh Whannell’s reboot of H.G. Wells’ 1897 classic […]

February 28, 2020 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Call of the Wild’: Bad dog

‘Call of the Wild’ Two stars Starring: Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Cara Gee, Dan Stevens, Bradley Whitford, Karen Gillan, Colin Woodell Rating: PG, for dramatic intensity Classic novel is ill-served by a poor script and clumsy directing By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic This certainly isn’t Jack London’s “Call of the Wild.” To a certain […]

February 21, 2020 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘The Photograph’: Nicely developed

365体育投注‘The Photograph’ Four stars Starring: LaKeith Stanfield, Issa Rae, Chanté Adams, Y’lan Noel, Rob Morgan, Lil Rel Howery, Teyonah Parris and Courtney B. Vance Rating: PG-13, for sensuality and brief profanity Solid writing and strong acting highlight parallel romantic narratives By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic It has been so long between gentle, sensitively constructed […]

February 14, 2020 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

And the winners will be …

Several top categories could yield unexpected results By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Oscar continues to be an international ambassador. South Korea’s “Parasite” earned an impressive six nominations: a rare feat for a film American viewers had to watch with subtitles. “1917,” a U.S./UK co-production, garnered a whopping 10 nominations; “Ford v Ferrari,” a U.S./French […]

February 07, 2020 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

The 2019 Oscar Shorts: An engaging potpourri

365体育投注The 2019 Oscar Shorts Four stars Starring: Veerle Baetens, Estefanía Tellez, Gabriela Ramírez, Mohamed Grayaâ, Maria Dizzia, Greg Keller, Eltayef Dhaoui and Mohamed Ali Ayari Rating: Not rated, and perhaps too intense for young viewers Weighty topics alternate with heartwarming little fables By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic A droll familial theme runs through this […]

January 31, 2020 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Klaus’: No coal in this stocking!

‘Klaus’ Four stars  Starring (voices): Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones, Joan Cusack, Norm Macdonald, Will Sasso and Neda Magrethe Labba Rating: PG, for mild rude humor Animated charmer suggests a cheeky origin for a certain jolly elf By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic The holidays are weeks behind us, but — thanks to the […]

January 24, 2020 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Dolittle’: The doctor is way in

‘Dolittle’ 3.5 stars Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Michael Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Emma Thompson, Harry Collett, Rami Malek, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer and Jim Broadbent Rating: PG, for no particular reason Newest adaptation of this children’s classic is good-natured fun By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Hollywood had a distressing habit, in the 1960s and early […]

January 17, 2020 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘1917’: Absolutely amazing!

‘1917’ Five stars Starring: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth, Daniel Mays, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Nabhaan Rizwan and Claire Duburcq Rating: R, for considerable war violence, dramatic intensity and profanity Intense WWI epic unfolds in breathless real time By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Oh. My. Goodness. Director/co-writer Sam Mendes’ war drama isn’t merely […]

January 10, 2020 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,
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