Author: Kenneth Turan

Liam Neeson sticks to the formula, and sticks to it well, in 'The Commuter'

January is the grimmest month as far as new releases are concerned, an elephant’s graveyard where signs of life are few. So it’s a good thing we can count on Liam Neeson to periodically rescue us from these dark and desperate times. Starting with “Taken” a decade ago, a saga successful enough to… Source: Entertainment

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Why Annette Bening fans need to see ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ the Gloria Grahame story

Annette Bening’s luminous turn as Hollywood glamour girl Gloria Grahame lights up romantic drama “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” Source: Entertainment

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Diane Kruger winningly anchors the wrenching tragedy of 'In the Fade'

“In the Fade” does not tell a happy story, not even close. But it is a powerful film, one of the nine shortlisted for the foreign-language Oscar, and it is elevated, as it would need to be, by Diane Kruger’s superb performance in the central role. An international star and former model who is fluent… […]

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Laemmle Theatres mark 10 years of 'Fiddler on the Roof' singalongs

Talk about tradition, and a milestone. For the 10th year running, the Laemmle chain will present its annual Christmas Eve “Fiddler on the Roof” singalong, so successful that it’s now a fixture at no less than six theaters, complete with guest hosts. Director Norman Jewison turned the hit Broadway… Source: Entertainment

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The western springs back to life with 'Hostiles,' a brutal tale of moral survival

Once feared dead but found instead only sleeping, the western has sprung back to strong and compelling life with the intense, involving “Hostiles” being the latest case in point. Written and directed by Scott Cooper and powered by a dynamic trio of interwoven performances by Christian Bale, Wes… Source: Entertainment

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'The Ballad of Lefty Brown' is a dark, brooding Old West tale with a smart modern touch

As the man himself would be the first to tell you, Lefty Brown is not the kind of guy ballads are written about. Folksy and eccentric, prone to talking to himself, this self-abnegating old-timer is the eternal sidekick, the hero’s reliable right hand and nothing more. But, as its title indicates,… Source: Entertainment

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'Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story' uncovers the secret life of a Hollywood glamour queen

The actress Hedy Lamarr appeared in close to three-dozen films during Hollywood’s Golden Age, but her life had more drama than any of them. As detailed in Alexandra Dean’s timely documentary, “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” the actress who played Delilah to Victor Mature’s Samson and the woman… Source: Entertainment

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Pairing gritty storytelling with gorgeous images makes animated 'The Breadwinner' unusual

Animator Nora Twomey was a key player in two of the best animated films of recent years, “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea,” and now, with “The Breadwinner,” she has an exceptional feature of her own. Though it’s set in dusty Kabul, Afghanistan, and not emerald Ireland, “Breadwinner” shares… Source: Entertainment

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'1945' is a lean, unadorned parable about guilt and the nature and consequences of evil

The premise is simple but compelling: Two strangers get off a train in a small town and nothing is ever the same again. It could be the premise for a classic western set in Tombstone or Dodge, but the town is in rural Hungary, the two men are Orthodox Jews and the year, as the […]

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Denzel Washington's remarkable performance in 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.' isn't helped by plot

In his four-decade-long career, Denzel Washington has played heroes and villains, ministers and miscreants and everything in between. “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” is not like any of them, not even close. To call the title character idiosyncratic and eccentric is not the half of it. Overweight, ungainly,… Source: Entertainment

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