“This moment in time has only further proven the importance of cinema. A well-told story has unmatched power to bring us all together, no matter how physically far we are from one another,” Annie Schulhof, president of the National Board of Review, said today. “We look forward to honoring the best films and performances of 2020, a highly unusual year that is nevertheless poised to provide unique and outstanding achievements in cinema.” … [Read more...] about National Board Of Review Sets Date To Reveal Its 2020 Winners
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Concrete Cowboy is about a different kind of urban cowboy — in this case, an outcast Black teenager who finds an unlikely home amongst a group of horse aficionados in a Philadelphia ghetto. Nicely acted and sympathetic in every way, Ricky Staub’s directorial debut has nonetheless bridled himself with an entirely on-the-nose scenario that spells everything out and deals with all issues at hand in a very predictable way. … [Read more...] about Film Review: Ricky Staub’s ‘Concrete Cowboy’ Starring Idris Elba & Caleb McLaughlin
Even the end credits add to the satisfaction of this triumphant collaboration. Before singing "Everybody's Coming to My House," Byrne comments wryly on the difference between his own socially guarded take on the song and the contrasting note of welcoming warmth brought to it by a Detroit youth choir. Hearing that latter version as the company file out the Hudson stage door and tool around New York's theater district on bicycles is an invigorating tonic after months of isolation. I haven't had a better time at a movie all year. … [Read more...] about David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’: Film Review | TIFF 2020
She even recounts a time when Donald tapped her in the 1990s to ghostwrite his next book, which was to be his comeback tale even as he was still about to go through another bankruptcy, this time of the Plaza Hotel in New York. Mary’s problem, though, was she never got Trump to actually sit for an interview. She was instead handed 10 typewritten pages of his thoughts, but they were “an aggrieved compendium of women he had expected to date but who, having refused him, were suddenly the worst, ugliest, and fattest slobs he’d ever met,” she writes. … [Read more...] about Mary Trump Book Review: In The Chaos Of Donald Trump’s Presidency, Will His Niece’s Tell-All Matter?
McDormand plays Fern, a stoical, hard-working widow in her early 60s who has lived her entire adult life in a company tract house provided by the United States Gypsum Corporation in Empire, Nevada. A drop in demand for sheetrock led to the closing of the mine there in 2011, and the place became a ghost town, its zip code discontinued within months. The fond sadness with which Fern nuzzles into her late husband's overalls as she removes her belongings from a storage locker at the start of the film speaks volumes about their marriage and his death. … [Read more...] about ‘Nomadland’: Film Review | Venice 2020