The George Eastman Museum this week is celebrating legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, and on Saturday will present him the George Eastman Award, the museum's highest honor
American white collar office workers become the subjects of a
sadistic, bloody, social exercise in "The Belko
Experiment," a horror movie that has aspirations of satire, but isn't sharp or
smart enough to decide what point it's ultimately trying to make. The day begins much like any other at a remote outpost of the
Belko Corporation, in Bogotá, Columbia.
"Kong: Skull Island" director Jordan Vogt-Roberts clearly
paid attention to the criticisms leveled at Gareth Edwards, whose 2014 "Godzilla"
reboot used a less-is-more approach to the massive, atomic lizard. By contrast,
Vogt-Roberts gets the human-smashing, monster action going early and often.
The latest entry in the recent resurgence of horror anthology,
"XX" benefits from an inspired hook: each of its four stories were written and directed
by and star women in the lead roles (hence the female chromosome-referencing
title). Made in direct response to the lack of opportunities for women
filmmakers, particularly in the frequently male-dominated horror genre, the
entertaining film has shivers and style to spare.
Turkish filmmaker Ceyda Torun turns
her cameras on the infamous street cats of Istanbul in "Kedi,"
a charming, warm-hearted documentary tailor-made for cat people (or animal
lovers of any stripe). For thousands of years, these mysterious creatures have
ruled the streets of Torun's hometown, and in that time they've grown to be an
integral part of its citizens lives.
With "Logan," Hugh Jackman makes his (supposedly) final
appearance as Logan, a k a Wolverine, a character he's played to perfection for
17 years and across nine "X-Men" films. The third solo outing for Wolverine,
this sad, stirring film focuses on the humanity and emotion of its story,
making "Logan" a gory and surprisingly affecting elegy for the franchise's most
by Dutch animator Michaël Dudok
De Wit, "The Red Turtle" is at first fairly straightforward Robinson
Crusoe-like fable about a sailor shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. But
what begins as a simple survival tale slowly grows into something much deeper
and more enigmatic as it progresses.
Dark emotional terrain is contrasted against adorably
whimsical style in "My Life as a Zucchini," the lovely stop motion animated
film that was one of the five stellar Best Animated Feature nominees at this
year's Oscars. After the death of his alcoholic mother, a shy, young boy
named Icare (he prefers to go by "Zucchini," the
nickname given to him by his mom) is sent to live in a group home.
A touching historical romance, "A United Kingdom" is inspired by
the true story of Seretse Khama, the crown prince of the Bechuanaland Protectorate (later known
as Botswana) who unexpectedly fell in love with a white Englishwoman, Ruth Williams
It's a relatively clever concept for a comedy: a group of
strangers meet when they're assigned to the "randoms"
table at an acquaintance's wedding (reserved for courtesy invites no one
actually expected to attend). As the day wears on, the band of misfit guests
forge an unlikely bond, enlisting one another's help as they each face down
their own personal crises.
Join CITY's film critic, Adam Lubitow, for a live blog during the 2017 Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday, February 26. The red carpet pre-show starts at 7 p.m., and the ceremony begins at approximately 8:30 p.m.