Dustin Hoffman has a smallish but particularly good role as his father. Directed by Jacques Audiard. A lot of laughs, including Diane Keaton as Ford's veteran co-anchor, Matt Malloy as a goofy weatherman and Jeff Goldblum as the boss who considers the show dead in the water. Three and a half stars. An animated film based on the final screenplay of Jacques Tati, and directed by Sylvain Chomet ("The Triplets of Belleville"). Three and a half stars, "Easy A" (PG-13, 93 minutes). Linked here are reviews in recent months for which I wrote either 4 star or 3.5 star reviews. I walked out of a screening, heard the news, and the world had changed. The Traitor (Italian: Il traditore) is a 2019 internationally co-produced biographical crime drama film co-written and directed by Marco Bellocchio, about the life of Tommaso Buscetta, the first Sicilian Mafia boss who was treated by some as pentito. In terms of sheer craftsmanship, this is a superb film. "A Prophet" (R, 154 minutes).

Pierfrancesco Favino stars as Buscetta, alongside Maria Fernanda Cândido, Fabrizio Ferracane, Fausto Russo Alesi and Luigi Lo Cascio The ICFF Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Marco Bellocchio for his work as a tireless author and a brilliant researcher of the frontiers between himself, cinema and historical events. Three and a half stars. Leonardo Di Caprio and Mark Ruffalo are U.S. The film approaches the topic of euthanasia, and the difficulty setting of legislation on end of life in a country, Italy, which has within its borders Vatican City. The doc follows her for a year as she relentlessly pursues the career that her daughter, Melissa, says was like having another sister. China esta cerca – La Cina é vicina. Delightful serious comedy about the historic 1968 in Ford's British plant that ended its unequal pay for women, and began a global movement. But a comedy of social embarrassment develops when it becomes clear that the son is jealous and possessive of his mother, and perhaps to physically familiar with her. He may be the better philosopher. Today politics means administration. Marco Bellocchio was born on November 9, 1939 in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. A damn fine thriller. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. With a greater variety of gruesome, sadistic, perverted acts? Four stars, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" (R, 84 minutes). Three and a half stars, "Morning Glory" (PG-13, 110 minutes). Ken Watanabe is a billionaire who wants to place at idea in the mind of his rival (Cillian Murphy). The same cold, dark atmosphere of foreboding, in a doom-laden vampire drama. Are they really human, after all? He retreats to the same famous West Hollywood where John Belushi died, which for him might have been a recommendation. [5], His 2012 film Dormant Beauty was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.

In 1968 he joined the Communist Union, and began to make politically militant cinema. Four stars, "The Ghost Writer" (PG-13, 124 minutes). Tom and Gerri (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen) and long and happily married. One of the year's best. The new documentary by Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth") says the American educational system is failing, and dramatizes this failure in a painfully direct way, saying what is wrong, and what is right. The company devotes his work also to experimental short movies production and the research of promising filmmakers. With Ray Liotta, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco. The 15-month tour is hard duty, and our admiration grows for these men. A sweet and civilized comedy, quietly satirical, about a lesbian couple, their children, and the father the kids share via sperm donation. Egoyan weaves a deceptive erotic web. In 1991 he won the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival for his film The Conviction. Three and a half stars, "Waiting for Superman" (PG, 102 minutes). Begins as a documentary about an annual New Years migration from cities to villages by 180 million Chinese, and focuses on one family; the parents have labored at low factory wages for 15 years to pay for their children's education back home, and now, as their daughter graduates high school, they may find only heartbreak as repayment. She plays an ambitious young producer on a last-place network morning news show, who forces a reluctant TV veteran (Harrison Ford) to do the kind of TV he despises. He returns to the time of his "Stand By Me" with the same endearing insights. Yes, entertaining. He points to existing magnet schools that draw their students by random lottery and virtually guarantee high school graduation and acceptance by a college. "The American" (R, 95 minutes). "Buried" (R, 93 minutes). Funny, star-making role for Emma Stone, as a high school girl nobody notices, until she's too embarrassed to admit she spent the weekend home alone and claims she had sex with a college boy.

CIFF in better form than ever, hosting Chabrol, Wadja, Oliveira... Cannes #10: And, at last, the winners are... Toronto fest signals the opening of Good Movie Season. "Fish Tank" (Unrated, adults, 123 minutes).

Are movies important in the new world we occupy? Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is a truck driver working for a private contractor in Iraq. After Cannes, the Toronto Film Festival is the most important in the world. Bellocchio's films include China is Near (1967), Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina (Slap the Monster on Page One) (1972), Nel Nome del Padre (In the name of the Father – a satire on a Catholic boarding school that shares affinities with Lindsay Anderson's If....) (1972), Victory March (1976), A Leap in the Dark (1980), Henry IV (1984), Devil in the Flesh (1986), and My Mother's Smile (2002), which told the story of a wealthy Italian artist, a 'default-Marxist and atheist', who suddenly discovers that the Vatican is proposing to make his detested mother a saint. Three and a half stars, "Solitary Man" (R, 99 minutes). Now they're 14 and they seem to be flipping: he more interested, she less. And he was the first to speak out about the assassination of Aldo Moro with Good Morning, Night, screened at the Mostra in 2004 and unanimously hailed by critics worldwide. "Inspector Bellamy" (Unrated, 110 minutes). You know you're in deep water when the genuinely funniest film in the festival is by a Palestinian in today's Israel, whose material includes a firing squad, a mother with Alzheimers, and a hero with dark circles under his eyes who never utters a single word. Four stars, "9500 Liberty" (Unrated, 80 minutes). In a rain-swept house on Martha's Vineyard, McGregor meets the PM's wife (Olivia Williams) and his assistant/mistress (Kim Cattrall), as an international controversy swirls. Sweet Dreams (2016), Birthday: Directed by Philip Noyce. Three and a half stars. The best comedy since "The Hangover." Fists in the Pocket (The Criterion Collection) 4.4 out of 5 stars 17. Scout Tafoya responds to our Movie Love Questionnaire.

Marco Bellocchio. He comes to consciousness in blackness. Three and a half stars, "The King's Speech" (R, 118 minutes).

Two more premieres from Cannes - new films from Marco Bellocchio & Arnaud Desplechin. Cindy thought it was the train. Director Winner of the Truer than Fiction Award at the 2010 Independent Spirits. In a dirt poor area of the Ozarks, she goes seeking him among people who are suspicious, dangerous and in despair. He convinced prison officials he had died of AIDS, successfully faked a heart attack, and escaped from jail four times (hint: always on Friday the 13th).

Sofia Coppola's film, winner of the Golden Lion at Venice, is a masterpiece of observation of hopelessness. Tilda Swinton plays a Russian who has married the oldest son, learns her husband and their son will take over the family textile business, then suddenly finds herself in the middle of an unexpected affair. Marco Bellocchio was born on November 9, 1939 in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Marco Bellocchio troubles anew the Vatican with My Mother's Smile, selected by Cannes in 2002. Isn't.

Ben Stiller in one of his best performances as a chronic malcontent who returns to L.A. to house-sit, nurture his misery, and reconnect with people who quite rightly resent him.
Mistaken for another couple, they're spun into a nightmare involving a mob boss and an unpaid debt.

She has a 20ish son (Jonah Hill) who welcomes Reilly to their home and invites him to stay for dinner. Hardly a second is believable, but so what? [4], In 2009 he directed Vincere, which was in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Cecile de France is a French newsreader who has a near-death experience. All-star cast includes Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, James Marsden, Peter Dinklage, Loretta Devine, Regina Hall, Zoe Saldana, Tracy Morgan, Luke Wilson and on and on. War stirs in the land, and she is warned to evacuate.

Three and a half stars, "Somewhere" (R, 96 minutes). Marco Bellocchio troubles anew the Vatican with My Mother's Smile, selected by Cannes in 2002. --and premieres by Kurosawa, Fellini, Bergman, Chen Keige, Fassbinder, Altman, Herzog, Scorsese.

Three and a half stars, "The Girl Who Played with Fire" (R, 129 minutes). A mentally-deficient 27-year-old seems almost certainly guilty of murder. The daily critics' panel for Le Film Francais was as negative as I've seen it, even giving a pas de tout ("worthless") to a film I would defend, von Trier's extreme but courageous "Antichrist.". I know all this sounds like a mournful dirge, but in fact "Rabbit Hole" is entertaining and surprisingly amusing, under the circumstances. The harrowing portrait of a 15-year-old girl on a reckless path toward self-destruction. Then big trucks arrive to lay down a fresh coating of asphalt, and the arrival of traffic puts unbearable pressure on a family that seems a little strange from the first. His 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) comes to stay for a few days, but he clearly has no feeling for fatherhood. Marshals called to a forbidding island in Boston bay, the home of an old Civil War fort now used as a prison for the criminally insane.

Gabrielle and Noe have the vibes of roommates, but the way Lionel and Josephine love one another, it's a small shock when she calls him "papa." Also with John Malkovich, Scott Glenn, James Cromwell, Nelsan Ellis, Dylan Walsh.

"Death at a Funeral" (R, 92 minutes). Giovanna Mezzogiorno's performance as Ida, the mistress, reminds me of Sophia Loren in the way she combines passion with dignity.
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In 2003, he directed a feature film on the same theme, Good Morning, Night. Rivers was 75 in this film, and never tires of reminding us of that fact. When she dies, they can buy her apartment. [9] He was candidate for Italian Parliament in 2006, with Rose in the Fist list, a political cartel made by socialists and Italian Radicals (a liberal, social liberal and libertarian party).

, Director, L'ORA DI RELIGIONE (IL SORRISO DI MIA MADRE), IL PRINCIPE DI HOMBURG DI HEINRICH VON KLEIST. A full-bore melodrama, told with passionate intensity, gloriously and darkly absurd. Directed by Shawn Levy ("Night at the Museum"). With Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins. A big family home is the setting for a funeral that's just one damn thing after another.
Dustin Hoffman has a smallish but particularly good role as his father. Directed by Jacques Audiard. A lot of laughs, including Diane Keaton as Ford's veteran co-anchor, Matt Malloy as a goofy weatherman and Jeff Goldblum as the boss who considers the show dead in the water. Three and a half stars. An animated film based on the final screenplay of Jacques Tati, and directed by Sylvain Chomet ("The Triplets of Belleville"). Three and a half stars, "Easy A" (PG-13, 93 minutes). Linked here are reviews in recent months for which I wrote either 4 star or 3.5 star reviews. I walked out of a screening, heard the news, and the world had changed. The Traitor (Italian: Il traditore) is a 2019 internationally co-produced biographical crime drama film co-written and directed by Marco Bellocchio, about the life of Tommaso Buscetta, the first Sicilian Mafia boss who was treated by some as pentito. In terms of sheer craftsmanship, this is a superb film. "A Prophet" (R, 154 minutes).

Pierfrancesco Favino stars as Buscetta, alongside Maria Fernanda Cândido, Fabrizio Ferracane, Fausto Russo Alesi and Luigi Lo Cascio The ICFF Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Marco Bellocchio for his work as a tireless author and a brilliant researcher of the frontiers between himself, cinema and historical events. Three and a half stars. Leonardo Di Caprio and Mark Ruffalo are U.S. The film approaches the topic of euthanasia, and the difficulty setting of legislation on end of life in a country, Italy, which has within its borders Vatican City. The doc follows her for a year as she relentlessly pursues the career that her daughter, Melissa, says was like having another sister. China esta cerca – La Cina é vicina. Delightful serious comedy about the historic 1968 in Ford's British plant that ended its unequal pay for women, and began a global movement. But a comedy of social embarrassment develops when it becomes clear that the son is jealous and possessive of his mother, and perhaps to physically familiar with her. He may be the better philosopher. Today politics means administration. Marco Bellocchio was born on November 9, 1939 in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. A damn fine thriller. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. With a greater variety of gruesome, sadistic, perverted acts? Four stars, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" (R, 84 minutes). Three and a half stars, "Morning Glory" (PG-13, 110 minutes). Ken Watanabe is a billionaire who wants to place at idea in the mind of his rival (Cillian Murphy). The same cold, dark atmosphere of foreboding, in a doom-laden vampire drama. Are they really human, after all? He retreats to the same famous West Hollywood where John Belushi died, which for him might have been a recommendation. [5], His 2012 film Dormant Beauty was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.

In 1968 he joined the Communist Union, and began to make politically militant cinema. Four stars, "The Ghost Writer" (PG-13, 124 minutes). Tom and Gerri (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen) and long and happily married. One of the year's best. The new documentary by Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth") says the American educational system is failing, and dramatizes this failure in a painfully direct way, saying what is wrong, and what is right. The company devotes his work also to experimental short movies production and the research of promising filmmakers. With Ray Liotta, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco. The 15-month tour is hard duty, and our admiration grows for these men. A sweet and civilized comedy, quietly satirical, about a lesbian couple, their children, and the father the kids share via sperm donation. Egoyan weaves a deceptive erotic web. In 1991 he won the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival for his film The Conviction. Three and a half stars, "Waiting for Superman" (PG, 102 minutes). Begins as a documentary about an annual New Years migration from cities to villages by 180 million Chinese, and focuses on one family; the parents have labored at low factory wages for 15 years to pay for their children's education back home, and now, as their daughter graduates high school, they may find only heartbreak as repayment. She plays an ambitious young producer on a last-place network morning news show, who forces a reluctant TV veteran (Harrison Ford) to do the kind of TV he despises. He returns to the time of his "Stand By Me" with the same endearing insights. Yes, entertaining. He points to existing magnet schools that draw their students by random lottery and virtually guarantee high school graduation and acceptance by a college. "The American" (R, 95 minutes). "Buried" (R, 93 minutes). Funny, star-making role for Emma Stone, as a high school girl nobody notices, until she's too embarrassed to admit she spent the weekend home alone and claims she had sex with a college boy.

CIFF in better form than ever, hosting Chabrol, Wadja, Oliveira... Cannes #10: And, at last, the winners are... Toronto fest signals the opening of Good Movie Season. "Fish Tank" (Unrated, adults, 123 minutes).

Are movies important in the new world we occupy? Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is a truck driver working for a private contractor in Iraq. After Cannes, the Toronto Film Festival is the most important in the world. Bellocchio's films include China is Near (1967), Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina (Slap the Monster on Page One) (1972), Nel Nome del Padre (In the name of the Father – a satire on a Catholic boarding school that shares affinities with Lindsay Anderson's If....) (1972), Victory March (1976), A Leap in the Dark (1980), Henry IV (1984), Devil in the Flesh (1986), and My Mother's Smile (2002), which told the story of a wealthy Italian artist, a 'default-Marxist and atheist', who suddenly discovers that the Vatican is proposing to make his detested mother a saint. Three and a half stars, "Solitary Man" (R, 99 minutes). Now they're 14 and they seem to be flipping: he more interested, she less. And he was the first to speak out about the assassination of Aldo Moro with Good Morning, Night, screened at the Mostra in 2004 and unanimously hailed by critics worldwide. "Inspector Bellamy" (Unrated, 110 minutes). You know you're in deep water when the genuinely funniest film in the festival is by a Palestinian in today's Israel, whose material includes a firing squad, a mother with Alzheimers, and a hero with dark circles under his eyes who never utters a single word. Four stars, "9500 Liberty" (Unrated, 80 minutes). In a rain-swept house on Martha's Vineyard, McGregor meets the PM's wife (Olivia Williams) and his assistant/mistress (Kim Cattrall), as an international controversy swirls. Sweet Dreams (2016), Birthday: Directed by Philip Noyce. Three and a half stars. The best comedy since "The Hangover." Fists in the Pocket (The Criterion Collection) 4.4 out of 5 stars 17. Scout Tafoya responds to our Movie Love Questionnaire.

Marco Bellocchio. He comes to consciousness in blackness. Three and a half stars, "The King's Speech" (R, 118 minutes).

Two more premieres from Cannes - new films from Marco Bellocchio & Arnaud Desplechin. Cindy thought it was the train. Director Winner of the Truer than Fiction Award at the 2010 Independent Spirits. In a dirt poor area of the Ozarks, she goes seeking him among people who are suspicious, dangerous and in despair. He convinced prison officials he had died of AIDS, successfully faked a heart attack, and escaped from jail four times (hint: always on Friday the 13th).

Sofia Coppola's film, winner of the Golden Lion at Venice, is a masterpiece of observation of hopelessness. Tilda Swinton plays a Russian who has married the oldest son, learns her husband and their son will take over the family textile business, then suddenly finds herself in the middle of an unexpected affair. Marco Bellocchio was born on November 9, 1939 in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Marco Bellocchio troubles anew the Vatican with My Mother's Smile, selected by Cannes in 2002. Isn't.

Ben Stiller in one of his best performances as a chronic malcontent who returns to L.A. to house-sit, nurture his misery, and reconnect with people who quite rightly resent him.
Mistaken for another couple, they're spun into a nightmare involving a mob boss and an unpaid debt.

She has a 20ish son (Jonah Hill) who welcomes Reilly to their home and invites him to stay for dinner. Hardly a second is believable, but so what? [4], In 2009 he directed Vincere, which was in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Cecile de France is a French newsreader who has a near-death experience. All-star cast includes Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, James Marsden, Peter Dinklage, Loretta Devine, Regina Hall, Zoe Saldana, Tracy Morgan, Luke Wilson and on and on. War stirs in the land, and she is warned to evacuate.

Three and a half stars, "Somewhere" (R, 96 minutes). Marco Bellocchio troubles anew the Vatican with My Mother's Smile, selected by Cannes in 2002. --and premieres by Kurosawa, Fellini, Bergman, Chen Keige, Fassbinder, Altman, Herzog, Scorsese.

Three and a half stars, "The Girl Who Played with Fire" (R, 129 minutes). A mentally-deficient 27-year-old seems almost certainly guilty of murder. The daily critics' panel for Le Film Francais was as negative as I've seen it, even giving a pas de tout ("worthless") to a film I would defend, von Trier's extreme but courageous "Antichrist.". I know all this sounds like a mournful dirge, but in fact "Rabbit Hole" is entertaining and surprisingly amusing, under the circumstances. The harrowing portrait of a 15-year-old girl on a reckless path toward self-destruction. Then big trucks arrive to lay down a fresh coating of asphalt, and the arrival of traffic puts unbearable pressure on a family that seems a little strange from the first. His 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) comes to stay for a few days, but he clearly has no feeling for fatherhood. Marshals called to a forbidding island in Boston bay, the home of an old Civil War fort now used as a prison for the criminally insane.

Gabrielle and Noe have the vibes of roommates, but the way Lionel and Josephine love one another, it's a small shock when she calls him "papa." Also with John Malkovich, Scott Glenn, James Cromwell, Nelsan Ellis, Dylan Walsh.

"Death at a Funeral" (R, 92 minutes). Giovanna Mezzogiorno's performance as Ida, the mistress, reminds me of Sophia Loren in the way she combines passion with dignity.

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