“The mind is its own place, and in itself/Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” These words from poet John Milton’s 17th-century epic “Paradise Lost” capture at least one theme of the poignant, multifaceted drama “Room” (A24).
The remarkable true story of the most daring small boat rescue mission in Coast Guard history comes to the big screen in “The Finest Hours” (Disney).
Since I wrote a commentary on the new Fox series “Lucifer” weeks before it debuted, I thought, in the pursuit of fairness, I would watch the very first episode that recently aired and give it a shot. It did not fail to disappoint.
During World War II, when scarce supplies of gasoline had to be preserved for military use, a familiar government poster asked civilian motorists: “Is Your Trip Necessary?”
That same question might aptly be put to the characters who hit the road in the largely pointless comedy sequel “Ride Along 2” (Universal).
Some might fear, simply from reading its title, that “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (Paramount) would turn out to be little more than a rehash of the congressional hearings on the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya.
In reality, the film is a gripping, fact-based account of what happened on the ground when the U.S. consulate in the titular city was overrun, and four American lives — most prominently that of Ambassador Chris Stevens — were lost.
What’s a small-town pastor to do when his crumbling church in a crime-ridden neighborhood is desperately strapped for cash? Why, become a professional wrestler by day and moonlight as a vigilante, of course!
A wisecracking polar bear ventures south to save his home environment from destruction in “Norm of the North” (Lionsgate).
Though suitable for all ages, this animated comedy is unlikely to make much of an impression — either on targeted kids or on the long-suffering adults who accompany them.
Alejandro Iñárritu’s new film “The Revenant” is one of the most talked about Oscar-nominated movies, and for good reason. The opening 20 minutes, which feature a frighteningly realistic Indian attack and a horrifically vivid mauling by a grizzly bear, are absolutely compelling viewing.
North Korea is perhaps the most secretive, least-known country on earth. A totalitarian dictatorship, its cult of personality has elevated three generations of the Kim family, starting with Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), to the status of gods.
Soon-Mi Yoo, a professor of film and video at the Massachusetts College of Arts, grew up in South Korea. At REDCAT recently, she introduced the documentary she directed and edited, “Songs from the North.”
In September, actor David Oyelowo starred in the Paramount Pictures release “Captive,” playing a man named Brian Nichols who made national headlines in 2005 when he killed four people while escaping from prison during his trial for a rape charge. The reason why Oyewolo found Nichols’ life story worth telling was because of what happened next.
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