"Cmon C'mon" is all over the place, like the 9-year-old at the center of Mike Mills's unusual road movie, but it's a special pleasure that manages to be simultaneously serious and marvelously funny.
Love In the Time of Troubles
In "Belfast," Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical evocation of his childhood in Northern Ireland, the filmmaker, stage actor and writer is a bright-faced 9-year-old struggling to understand the sectarian violence raging around him and his tight-knit family.
Princess Di re-re-re-dux
Five years ago the Chilean director Pablo Larraín gave us "Jackie," a fictionalized portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy during and immediately after her husband's assassination. Now he's done a fictionalized--and mostly grim--account of a Christmas weekend the Princess of Wales spent in 1991 at Queen Elizabeth's Sandringham Estate.
When lightning strikes twice
Joanna Hogg's semi-autobiographical 2019 feature "The Souvenir" was rightly hailed as something perilously close to a masterpiece. Now she's done a sequel, "The Souvenir: II," which picks up where the first film left off. Sequels are risky, but there was no need to worry about this one.
What's That Shimmering In the Ether?
"The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain" stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the Victorian-era illustrator who celebrated cats and believed he could feel electricity in the space around him. Claire Foy is Emily Richardson, the woman he loves, and the two stars in conjunction are a grand spectacle.