Dalton Trumbo, the highest-paid screenwriter in Tinseltown, was served up by his friends to the House Un-American Activities Committee but refused to roll over on others – a serious topic director Jay Roach plays light and fast, aided by the sly Bryan Cranston.
“Brooklyn” is such a success because its characters are so decent. Lavish set design, warm love story, earnest performances and unflinching optimism could make this one of the finest films of the year.
Set in the scenic Tuscan countryside, “The Wonders” shows a family of beekeepers toiling away as business slowly withers, a father-and-daughter clash and a touch of surrealism as a reality TV show invites their isolation.
There’s so much to like in “Spectre,” and it entertains throughout, but Bond is known for cool hyperbole and topping itself. Here director Sam Mendes has the iconic character just aping his turn in “Skyfall.”
“Spotlight” is a rare journey into cinematic journalism that gets at the heart of its investigators’ subject without grandstanding the personalities or personal lives of those doing the poking around.
“Miss You Already” tackles the subject of female friendship with enthusiasm and oodles of heart. And even when that story is predictable, the characters keep it fresh.
“The Assassin” has a hint of fantastical martial arts mixed with melodrama that should make it a must-see film. But it’s a drag, striking a contemplative, meandering pace that does little to capture an audience’s interest.
Silent film screening of “Faust” with live music; Halloween Horror Marathon; Taza Chocolates’ Fifth Annual Day of the Dead Celebration; “The Tragedy of Macbeth”; and the “Everything Is Terrible! Legends” live show.
How surprising is it to learn that Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette” is the first film about this movement? Either way, it’s incomparably moving – wonderfully acted and excitingly shot – and the history of a fight in early 20th century London still resonates.
There’s plenty going on in events and even Halloween-style dining throughout Cambridge and Somerville from now through Oct. 31, ranging from free art and films to an $85 four-course holiday-themed tasting menu.