Director Todd Phillips’ “Joker” isn’t the first comic book movie with a dark tone and serious themes, but it is the most removed from what people expect from a film linked to a superhero property.
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“Hustlers,” based on a true story of a group of former strippers who conned men out of thousands of dollars, is more significant than it seems at first blush. It is a film starring and made by women with the backdrop of a subject matter that typically exploits women.
Pennywise the Dancing Clown (a still terrifying Bill Skarsgård) returns to create more mayhem in director Andy Muschietti’s “It Chapter 2,” the follow-up to his 2017 adaptation of the first part of Stephen King’s 1,138-page opus.
Several weeks ago, I wrote a piece about films that could benefit from being transitioned to the stage as plays as opposed to the current trend of taking popular films and turning them into musicals. But now I want to offer some left-field choices for movies to be adapted as musicals.
With “The Lion King,” Disney has unleashed its third “live-action” remake in less than six months, following “Dumbo” and “Aladdin.” I put live-action in quotation marks because this new “Lion King” is still animated, albeit with photo-realistic computer animation.
Writer/director Quentin Tarantino spent some of his childhood in Hollywood in the 1960s. His fond memories of the era inform “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” a love letter to Los Angeles in 1969.
For years, transgender characters in mainstream media have been played by actors who are cisgender — people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth.
Earlier this year, “Avengers: Endgame” closed out the story for several key characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the franchise marches on.
This past weekend, I watched “Destination Wedding,” a small 2018 romantic comedy starring Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder as misanthropic wedding guests who reluctantly pair up to survive the ordeal.
At first blush, “Toy Story 4” looks like another gratuitous cash-grab sequel. When “Toy Story 3” was released in 2010, its deeply cathartic conclusion resonated with fans who literally grew up with the characters that were first introduced 15 years earlier.
“Late Night,” which centers around the female host (Emma Thompson) of a late night talk show, is the sort of film that people might say, “I’ll wait until it shows up on Netflix,” but this is exactly the sort of smaller film that should be seen in a theater.
The quick review of “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” the sequel to the 2014 American remake of “Godzilla:” If you’re a fan of the big guy or giant monster movies go see it. It delivers the rock ’em sock ’em goods.
On June 28, the Conway Public Library is hosting a Drag Queen Story Hour, which an ill-informed vocal minority is speaking out against. A trip over to the event’s Facebook page reveals some hate-filled comments not worth repeating here.