Film review: "20th Century Women"

Film review: "20th Century Women"

Writer-director Mike Mills, in 2010's "Beginners," reflected on the life and death of his father (wonderfully portrayed by Christopher Plummer in an Oscar-winning performance), who came out as gay at the age of 75. With the affectionate comedy "20th Century Women," the director now pays tribute to the life of his mother.

The top 15 movies of 2016

You know how this works. A ton of movies were released in 2016, and these are film critic Adam Lubitow's picks for the cream of the crop

Film review: 'Elle'

If you're at all familiar with the career of Paul Verhoeven, from the lurid eroticism of "Basic Instinct" to the bloodsoaked violence of "RoboCop," you know that the filmmaker takes great pleasure in shocking his audience. Verhoeven's films have a nihilistic tinge, containing layers of cruelty and inhumanity which the director often presents with a detached, intellectual curiosity.

Film review: 'Hidden Figures'

The very definition of crowd-pleasing, feel-good entertainment, the stirring drama "Hidden Figures" celebrates the lives of three black female mathematicians whose work was essential in the early days of NASA

Film review: "Passengers"

A new year may have already started, but the films of 2016 will keep trickling into Rochester theaters throughout the next month. But while they make their way here, I'm still catching up on the massive number of new movies released over Christmas week (eight in total), including "Passengers," from director Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game").

Film review: 'La La Land'

An ambitiously vibrant, often dazzling pastiche of great movie musicals, "La La Land" is practically impossible to dislike.

Film review: "Always Shine"

Anna (Mackenzie Davis) and Beth (Caitlin FitzGerald) are two L.A. actresses looking to reconnect and repair their friendship while on a weekend getaway to Big Sur, where festering personal and professional jealousies make for a tenser experience than either anticipated. Then things get weird, as the unnerving “Always Shine” descends into a slippery tale of fractured identity in the vein of “Persona” and “Mulholland Drive.”

Film review: "Jackie"

With his first English-language feature, Chilean director Pablo Larraín ("No," "Neruda") mixes historical drama, character study, and moody tone poem with just a touch of camp in "Jackie," the filmmaker's intricate and enigmatic portrait of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Examining the subjects of celebrity, politics, and the process of constructing history, the film isn't exactly a biopic.

Film review: "Rogue One"

The first in a series of stand-alone, spin-off stories set in the Star Wars universe, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is director Gareth Edwards's spin on what a gritty war movie in that world might look like. Set just before "Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope," the story explains exactly how blueprints for the Galactic Empire's secret weapon, the Death Star, ended up in the hands of the Rebel Alliance.

Film review: "Peter and the Farm"

The innocuous title is a bit misleading. Tony Stone's documentary "Peter and the Farm" is less an educational peek into the life of the American farmer than a darkly existential character study about a broken man coming to grips with his own mortality and the legacy he leaves behind.

Film review: "Collateral Beauty"

"Collateral Beauty" should come with a warning label. It's trite melodrama sprinkled with holiday magic, and then drained of character, nuance, and any shred of reality

Film review: "Miss Sloane"

Jessica Chastain further cements her status as one of the best actresses working today with "Miss Sloane," the engrossing new political thriller from "Shakespeare in Love" director John Madden. Chastain stars as Elizabeth Sloane -- a brilliant but ethically unscrupulous Capitol Hill lobbyist -- who as the film opens is being grilled at a Senate hearing called in order to uncover whether or not her ruthless methods have crossed the line of legality.

Film review: "Manchester by the Sea"

"Manchester by the Sea" is a heartbreaking exploration of grief and loss among characters who've lost the tools to process them

Film review: 'The Eagle Huntress'

At its heart a simple story of a girl and her eagle, the charming documentary "The Eagle Huntress" follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl, as she seeks to become the first female eagle hunter in her Kazakh family. She faces an uphill battle, as director Otto Bell shows in brief interviews with the elders of her people expressing their disapproval, maintaining that girls are too "fragile" to take part in the long tradition of eagle hunting (although it appears the film is somewhat downplaying what's actually a long legacy of woman eagle hunters).

Film review: "The Handmaiden"

A seductive, sensual delight, "The Handmaiden" is just the right mix of cerebral and smutty

Film review: "Loving"

A film of quiet humanity, "Loving" dramatizes the true story of the couple whose relationship paved the way toward the Supreme Court decision striking down the laws against interracial marriage


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  • Re: The top 15 movies of 2016

    • Totally agree with Moonlight as number one, though Manchester for me was so close. Also,…

    • on January 17, 2017
  • Re: Film review: 'Hidden Figures'

    • Spot on review. Dunst's character says to Octavia's "Despite what you think, I have nothing…

    • on January 13, 2017
  • Re: Film review: 'La La Land'

    • Interesting review. I reviewed it here: I felt and believe the film is about…

    • on December 31, 2016
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