Triumph is simply survival in Christopher Nolan’s latest, blistering film, “Dunkirk,” which follows characters in three World War II narratives in a script that intersects when you least expect it – a mighty example of storytelling and the power of atmosphere.
There’s a lot of baggage that comes along with the release of director Jon Watts’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” the third iteration of the character onscreen in 15 years. Despite it all, this the film is an absolute delight.
In Ridley Scott’s followup to the divisive 2012 “Prometheus,” a prequel to the much-lauded “Alien,” he attempts merging the two films’ polarizing sensibilities with awkward results, making for an experience that’s restlessly soulless, predictable and frustratingly dumb.
Emotionally vast, enriching structurally and hell-bent on being a feast for the eyes, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is a joyful ode to the simplest, most emotive ingredients of cinema.
The 15th annual incarnation of the Independent Film Festival Boston, running Wednesday through May 3, offers another embarrassment of riches – an eclectic assortment of short-film packages and a vast selection of documentaries and narrative flicks.
Delicately woven, warmly portrayed and capturing the balmy and refreshed atmosphere that follows a summer rain, Hirokazu Koreeda’s “After the Storm” is a quiet masterpiece.
If this entire film about an attractive, six-member International Space Station crew finding life on Mars had resembled the last five electrifying minutes, perhaps we would’ve had an entirely different film on our hands.
Superficial in its aesthetic but thematically soulful, Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper” is enigmatic – just like its star, Kristen Stewart – but audience members willing to embrace it are in for something special.
Where the film soars – aside from some ingenious casting – is in its unabashed embracing of the inherent theatricality of musicals. While there were iconic numbers in the animated version, the remake is performed much closer to a wall-to-wall musical.
The Brattle Theatre’s “The Women Who Built Hollywood” series runs through March 8, jumpstarting a “Year of Women in Cinema” program meant to counteract some depressing film industry trends.