Carey Mulligan stars as Cassie in Promising Young Woman.
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January 19, 2021 Promising Young Woman is a revenge thriller, and a dark comedy, and a few other things, too. It stars Carey Mulligan as a woman who spends her evenings in bars being picked up by men who misunderstand who they're dealing with. Directed by Emerald Fennell, the film has been billed as a #MeToo tale, but its perspective feels timeless, and there are surprises each step of the way.
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December 26, 2020 The legendary El Chapultepec has closed after 87 years in business — not only because of the pandemic, but also because Denver has changed.
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Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried star in director David Fincher's Mank.
December 4, 2020 Starring Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried, Mank captures the artistic process behind the conception and writing of Orson Welles' first movie, Citizen Kane. Director David Fincher's black-and-white ode to classic film is a story about tycoons, studio heads, addiction, creative credit, and the politics of Old Hollywood during the Great Depression.
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Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis sit for an awkward dinner in Charlie Kauffman's latest film, I'm Thinking Of Ending Things.
September 11, 2020 In the Netflix film, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, the plot is easy to follow. A young couple played by Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons drives through a snowstorm to the farmhouse where Plemons' character grew up. They have dinner with his parents, played by Toni Collette and David Thewlis, then they drive home. That's it. That's the movie. Simple, right? Wrong! This is a Charlie Kaufman movie, and that means things are trippy and dreamlike and just plain weird from the jump. Note: This conversation delves into spoilers that discuss specific plot points and theories to try to unpack just what this movie is actually about!
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Michaela Coel plays Arabella in the HBO series I May Destroy You.
July 1, 2020 Close watchers of smart television know Michaela Coel from Chewing Gum, the acclaimed comedy series she created and starred in. Her new show on HBO is called I May Destroy You. It's just as strong, but finds her going in an entirely new direction. Coel plays Arabella, a writer whose life changes one night while she's sexually assaulted at a nightclub. She is missing pieces of her memory, and as she tries to figure out what happened, the show fans out to consider other questions about sexual ethics and honesty. Plus, we remember comedy legend Carl Reiner, who died this week at 98.
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Eddie Murphy, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, and Da'Vine Joy Randolph in Dolemite Is My Name.
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October 30, 2019 Dolemite Is My Name is a new Netflix biopic about comedian Rudy Ray Moore, who created a flamboyant alter ego and became a blaxploitation legend in the 1970s. The film stars Eddie Murphy, who's joined by a fantastic cast that includes Keegan-Michael Key, Tituss Burgess, Craig Robinson, Mike Epps and Wesley Snipes. It's a behind the scenes look at the making of the 1975 cult hit film Dolemite.
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Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) and Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Quentin Tarantino's film Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood.
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July 31, 2019 Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood is writer-director Quentin Tarantino's ninth film. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a fading western actor named Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as his loyal stuntman Cliff Booth. It's set in the changing Hollywood of 1969, and in many ways, it's a breezy romp through studio backlots and makeup trailers — but hanging over every frame is the threat of violence, in the form of a very real historical tragedy — the brutal Manson family murders in the Hollywood Hills. It's glossy L.A. nostalgia laced with grisly violence — it's peak Tarantino, but does it work?
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Lupita Nyong'o stars in Us, Jordan Peele's latest film.
March 22, 2019 Us is Jordan Peele's follow up to his 2017 film Get Out. The film stars Lupita Nyong'o as a mother whose whole family is confronted by their own doppelgängers.
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The new documentary Apollo 11 features never-before-seen footage of NASA's most-high profile expedition.
February 28, 2019 Newly restored footage of the historic 1969 moonshot widens the focus to include the hundreds of men and women who made the mission possible.
Roma got a ton of nominations at this year's Academy Awards, and it more than warrants the praise.
January 25, 2019 Alfonso Cuarón directed the award-winning film Gravity in 2013, and won an Oscar for it. Now he's back with a movie that's equally ambitious, and much more personal. Roma is inspired by Alfonso Cuarón's childhood, and the movie tells the story of Cleo, a nanny and housekeeper in 1970's Mexico City.
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Shining Like Moonlight: Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) share a fleeting moment in Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk.
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December 13, 2018 Director Barry Jenkins follows up Moonlight with this exquisite film adaptation of James Baldwin's novel about the clash between love and racial injustice.
Summer (Zoe Renee) comes to terms with her mother's new faith in Jinn, one of only a handful of films to deal with the experience of being young, female and black in America.
November 16, 2018 Too few movies have made black girls their main characters. The release of Nijla Mu'min's Jinn caused critic Monica Castillo to reflect on some of the traits these films share, and how they differ.
"I ... am! Your singing tel-a-gram!": Michael Myers (Nick Castle) pays a visit to Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) in David Gordon Green's Halloween.
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October 18, 2018 Critic Monica Castillo says this Halloween sequel takes as its true subject the lingering effects of the trauma Jamie Lee Curtis' character experienced in the 1978 original. (Also there's stabbing.)
Guests attend the Film Independent Brunch during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
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February 3, 2016 Sundance may be just one part of a much bigger puzzle, but filmmakers of color say it has an important role to play.