Woody, Sherlock, or Ant-Man? The Choice Is Elementary

Woody Allen lets us down, but Ian McKellen and Paul Rudd pick us up as two very different heroes. At home, the second Marigold Hotel entry checks in with its appealing cast…and a classic of world cinema gets a pristine new release.  Designates a Movies for Grownups Critic’s Choice   Irrational Man At the stage where he’s equally likely to produce a modern classic (Midnight in Paris) or a forgettable trifle (Magic in the Moonlight), we never know which Woody Allen will …

What to See This Weekend: Guardians Rule, Funk King Boogies

The best movie weekend of the summer is upon us! So buy yourself a day pass to the multiplex and relish the rousing biography of a music legend, a new sci-fi classic and an intimately focused drama with a devastating punch.   Get on Up Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson in 42) makes playing The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business seem easy in this spectacular, funk-driven biography of James Brown. The soundtrack is the genuine Brown, but Boseman nails his Mashed …

The Last WWI Vet…and the Lasting Legacy of Film

The last combat veteran of World War I died the other day–Claude “Chuckles” Choules was 110 when he passed away at an Australian nursing home. With him passes the only first-hand memory of what it was like to don a helmet and go to war against The Kaiser-and so the responsibility of passing that legacy on falls to historians…and the movies. Not nearly enough films have been made about what was, for my money, the most pointless, shamefully wasteful war …