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DVD REVIEW: Live-action 'Little Mermaid' offers more, not better

Sat, 09/16/2023 - 9:00am
Fans of the animated “Mermaid” may be eager to see what director Rob Marshall has done. His take is interesting, not revolutionary. The original, in fact, is more fun and moving.

REVIEW: 'The Inventor' makes Leonardo's genius understandable

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 7:00am
When “The Inventor” brings Leonardo’s drawings to life, we’re party to a most remarkable use of animation. A visual treat (and a great history lesson), “The Inventor” shows how valuable following one’s passion truly is. Seeing is believing.

Writing music on the fly was perfect for 'The Inventor,' says composer Alex Mandel

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 6:45am
On “The Inventor,” the story of Leonardo Da Vinci during his experimental years, Alex Mandel had to write songs “pretty fast.” Many of the nine in the film were composed as Director Jim Capobianco saw a need.

The da Vinci code: Persistence pays, says director Jim Capobianco

Thu, 09/14/2023 - 8:45am
Leonard da Vinci taught director Jim Capobianco plenty about persistence. In his full-length animated feature, “The Inventor,” Capobianco humanizes Leonardo and shows how he, too, had doubts and concerns.

'Gran Turismo' taught Jann Mardenborough a thing or two about filmmaking

Wed, 09/13/2023 - 6:00am
In the new film, “Gran Turismo,” director Neill Blomkamp shows how the British resident Jann Mardenborough went from playing video games in his bedroom to driving formula cars professionally. The Journal's Bruce Miller talked with him about the experience.

DVD REVIEW: Matt Damon scores like Michael Jordan in 'Air'

Sat, 09/09/2023 - 9:45am
“Air,” in fact, was the first memorable film of 2023. Even if the rest of the year is a bust, we’ve got this – an account that makes you want to get your head in the game.

The fall TV season: Strikes won't stall all series

Thu, 09/07/2023 - 10:15am
This year, because of the writers and actors strikes, there aren't even extensive lists of new shows. Because the premieres could be shifted due to those strikes, everything we've got for you is tentative.

REVIEW: 'The Swarm' takes too long to start swarming, 'The Changeling' throws in thrills

Wed, 09/06/2023 - 2:30pm
The stage is set for catastrophe in "The Swarm," but the first installment takes its time fishing around. The AppleTV+ show "The Changeling," starring LaKeith Stanfield, twists, turns and moves through time.

DVD REVIEW: 'Across the Spider-Verse' lets Spidey spread his wings

Sat, 09/02/2023 - 11:30am
Like its predecessor, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” "Across the Spider-Verse" teems with artistic choices, all designed to help you understand the superhero world is larger than you ever imagined.

Move over, Barbie: There are other films worth seeing

Thu, 08/31/2023 - 8:30am
Look at any list of Oscar nominees (“To Leslie,” for example) and you’ll find films that haven’t grazed even the most rabid fans’ radar. Journal film critic Bruce Miller looked at other films may elude "Barbie" and "Oppenheimer-sized crowds.

REVIEW: Alien visit gives Ben Kingsley, Jane Curtin 'food for thought' in 'Jules'

Thu, 08/31/2023 - 8:00am
Directed by Marc Turtletaub (and dedicated to his father), “Jules” is a charming film that should find a loving audience among the “Gran Torino” set.

Baratunde Thurston connects with America by unplugging from the internet

Wed, 08/30/2023 - 5:30am
To really see and experience America, you’ve got to unplug, says Baratunde Thurston, host and executive producer of “America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston.”

REVIEW: 'Blue Beetle' scores with family, not smushable plot

Tue, 08/29/2023 - 4:00pm
Should there be subsequent “Beetle” adventures, DC needs to figure out where the character lands.

'Singular' voices make Canadian shows like 'Schitt's Creek,' 'Son of a Critch' resonate

Thu, 08/24/2023 - 10:45am
The secret to TV success: “Get as specific as possible and then find the universal themes that can come out of it," says "Schitt’s Creek" and "Son of a Critch" producer Andrew Barnsley.

DVD REVIEW: Jennifer Lawrence puts in overtime in 'No Hard Feelings'

Sat, 08/19/2023 - 10:00am
“No Hard Feelings” reminds us Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t get enough work. In comedies, she’s a solid performer.

REVIEW: 'Gran Turismo' takes a familiar path to storytelling

Fri, 08/18/2023 - 6:00am
If practice is what it takes to get to Carnegie Hall, what’s required to make it to Le Mans? That’s the premise behind “Gran Turismo,” a based-in-fact drama about a teenage gamer who longs to be a race car driver…

'For better or worse': The life of a documentary filmmaker involves commitment

Fri, 08/18/2023 - 4:15am
Documentary filmmakers say they may spend years on a film, committing themselves to the subject and they people talking about it. We chatted with three nominated for this year’s Documentary Emmy Awards.

REVIEW: Moving on becomes thrust of final 'Reservation Dogs' season

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 9:45am
If you’re a fan of “Reservation Dogs,” you’ll probably find this, the final season, difficult to watch. That’s because the four central characters, Bear, Elora, Willie Jack and Cheese, have achieved their California dream and are moving on to different…

The life of a ninja: Iowan father, son make it to 'American Ninja Warrior' finals

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 4:45am
“Even though you see head-to-head races on ('American Ninja Warrior') you’re not competitors; you’re really friends,” Scott Behrends, a Cedar Falls resident says. “What’s cool is when you see other people advance and do things that no one thought possible."

DVD REVIEW: '1923' hits DVD market and connects Harrison Ford to Kevin Costner

Sat, 08/12/2023 - 1:45pm
While “1923,” “1883” and “Yellowstone” connect, it’s really the landscape and the idea of Western Expansion that holds them together. You don’t need to see all of them to appreciate what Sheridan has done.

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