Thursday, June 22, 2017

Documentary Scours Our Noisy Globe 'In Search Of Silence'

Tea ceremony participants in Kyoto, Japan from In Pursuit of Silence.

Director Patrick Shen features plenty of talking heads opining about our essential need for quiet and solitude, but this film works best when he captures moments of pristine, meditative stillness.

(Image credit: Cinema Guild)



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A Wounded Union Soldier In A House Of Southern Women: 'The Beguiled'

L to R: Elle Fanning as Alicia (Elle Fanning), Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman), Edwina (Kirsten Dunst), Jane (Angourie Rice), Amy (Oona Laurence), Emily (Emma Howard), and Marie (Addison Riecke) in The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola's lush visual aesthetic infuses this study in sublimated lust with just enough sly, Southern-Gothic bodice-ripping to intrigue and satisfy.

(Image credit: Ben Rothstein /Focus Features)



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A Wounded Union Soldier In A House Of Southern Women: 'The Beguiled'

L to R: Elle Fanning as Alicia (Elle Fanning), Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman), Edwina (Kirsten Dunst), Jane (Angourie Rice), Amy (Oona Laurence), Emily (Emma Howard), and Marie (Addison Riecke) in The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola's lush visual aesthetic infuses this study in sublimated lust with just enough sly, Southern-Gothic bodice-ripping to intrigue and satisfy.

(Image credit: Ben Rothstein /Focus Features)



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'The Big Sick' Is A Tonic For What Ails You

Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) and Emily (Zoe Kazan) in The Big Sick.

Critic Andrew Lapin praises the "unique, understated comic irony" of this largely autobiographical rom-com about a couple whose young relationship gets tested by matters cultural — and medical.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

'The Big Sick' Is A Wonderful Movie And An Imperfect Milestone

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani steps into the leading role in a semi-autobiographical love story. It's a quietly groundbreaking crowd-pleaser, though some characters aren't as fully dimensional as others.



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