MOVIES

The Joker Movie: Making Outcasts Into Monsters

The Joker Movie: Making Outcasts Into Monsters

The Joker depicts with a penetrating portrayal by Joaquin Phoenix of the much-maligned, non-college-bred white male, which is why the “social justice” thugs hate this film sight unseen, the various factors that breed one of today’s most persecuted minorities, the American outcast, into monsters.

Interview with Robert Benton

Interview with Robert Benton

Scott Holleran met with writer and director Robert Benton to talk about his distinguished career. 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer won the Best Picture Academy Award and earned Benton two Oscars for Best Screenplay and Best Director.

‘Skyscraper’ Rises to the Occasion

‘Skyscraper’ Rises to the Occasion

Two plot points serve as bookends for the plot and theme of writer and director Rawson Marshall Thurber's Skyscraper. They're mercifully on time and surprisingly simple yet effective. I wish the movie's gratitude theme was layered with more...

Streisand’s ‘A Star is Born’ (1976) Falters

Streisand’s ‘A Star is Born’ (1976) Falters

The second remake of William Wellman's historic A Star is Born (1937) suffers from the same or similar problems as the Fifties' Judy Garland vehicle. Going with the same iconic title as the original and the 1954 film, the 1976 version also puts...

Judy Garland Dominates ‘A Star is Born’ (1954)

Judy Garland Dominates ‘A Star is Born’ (1954)

Hollywood's first remake of William Wellman's searing 1937 tragedy, A Star is Born, neither enhances nor detracts from the original. Director George Cukor, working from Moss Hart's screenplay (based upon the original script), mixes music into the...

‘The Incredibles 2’ Satisfies

‘The Incredibles 2’ Satisfies

With the same voice cast and writer and director, Brad Bird, as the 2004 original, this Pixar sequel, which is being released 14 years after its animated characters debuted, offers more of the same. By my estimate, and I enjoyed The Incredibles...

‘Grease’ (1978) Rocks and Rolls

‘Grease’ (1978) Rocks and Rolls

Grease revels in the pure enjoyment of contrasting clean-cut and raunchy un-seriousness. It brings both into alignment and this is its enduring charm. Forty years after Grease debuted in movie theaters to major blockbuster success, the 1978 Allan...

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