This review marks a difficult time to write. Not because I’m not sure of how I felt walking out of my screening, but because to talk too much about Split is almost a nose-dive into spoiler territory. Let’s just say it’s definitely one of those movies we recommend going into as cold as possible — where the less you know, the better. If you need some evidence to convince you, however, I’ll carefully tip-toe around the concept as much as possible and focus on its sheer thrill.
Writer-director Mike Mills’ remarkable 2010 film Beginners, starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, was a comedy-drama loosely based on the filmmaker’s own father who came out of the closet in the later years of his life. Now Mills directs his pen and camera at his mother’s story for another wonderfully wrought, fictionalized tale.
Christianity and cinema have not always meshed well. Filmmakers seeking to intertwine the two face a delicate balance: to embrace the ideals of faith while still providing a tangible story to which moviegoers can relate. Whether it’s a drama about a near-death experience or the next Kirk Cameron movie, many directors lean heavily on Christian forgiveness to paper over fundamentally flawed filmmaking.
It was like any other normal day when 9-year-old John Finch’s father dropped him off at school. John’s father gave him a big hug and kiss before driving away that day.
Raising children is arguably the central experience of life and the truest source of self-awareness. We all want what’s best for our children.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association on Tuesday unveiled its picks for the top films of the year, bestowing Moonlight with the award for best picture of 2016.
Film has played to our historical senses since the beginning of cinema. It has resulted is some of the finest and highest-grossing movies of all time, including Titanic, Saving Private Ryan and Gladiator, to name a few. These historical dramas captured some of the most tragic events of our time on the big screen.
This month marks a stressful time of the year for workplaces across the country. Office parties, gift exchanges and year-end bonuses are designed to give workers that warm and cozy feeling inside to make them feel as though all their work over the past 365 days has been appreciated.
Chances are if you ask a veteran what the most realistic war film is, you’ll be told there isn’t one. As lived-in and frightful as Steven Spielberg’s highly acclaimed "Saving Private Ryan" may have been, there is no film that captures the totality of the military experience.
Disney’s latest formula works: Start with a classic children’s story, sprinkle it with knowing nostalgia to draw in a generation of adults, and invite a smattering of famous faces on screen, with an extra helping of action and 3-D visuals. As the studio’s profit margin shows, it’s a winning recipe.
LOS ANGELES — Dev Patel knows how special a film like Lion is. He’s been waiting nearly 8 years, since his breakout in Slumdog Millionaire, for a role as substantive and soulful as Saroo Brierley, an Indian man who was lost as a 5-year-old, adopted and raised by Australian parents, and who, 25 years later, used Google Earth to retrace his steps to his hometown and his birth mother, not knowing the name of either.
If you grew up in Denton, you’re bound to have heard a few different stories about Warren Beatty and his 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. The infamous couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were known for using secluded areas in and around Denton County as hideouts between their crime sprees in the 1930s, and portions of the 1967 film starring Beatty were naturally shot in the area, too.
There is no rulebook for creating Disney animated features. The film just needs to come from an honest place, be expressive and provide a sense of adventure for viewers to get lost in. This idea stretches back to when a certain mouse sprung onto the scene to bring about smiles and educate on how to live life to the fullest.
There’s no doubt the Harry Potter series has instilled magic into the lives of many. There’s a cozy and inviting place it takes you to. It provides a sense of escapism that is rare for movies to offer these days, where one can leave their worries outside the door, live in the moment and cherish what unfolds on screen.
The demands of sci-fi filmmaking often require massive sums of money, because when aliens arrive on screen, humanity has to blow them up. Thankfully, there are some movies that land without breaking bank or depending on smash-and-grab space conflict to warrant your attention.
The story of Richard and Mildred Loving is no doubt an important one: They’re the couple at the center of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court ruling that overturned laws against interracial marriage. But oftentimes in movies that are based on true stories, we hope they say more than what we can read in a newspaper article or book. As we’ve come to know, film is a visual medium and it gives filmmakers the opportunity to impact us in ways we could never get from words on a page.
With hundreds of scripted series to watch on television and streaming services, it’s hard to keep up with the Joneses. A smart premise and a good cast can be two of the many components to lure you into a new series. Such is the case with Showtime’s Billions, starring Paul Giamatti (John Adams), Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy).