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Movie adaptations: Fraudulent or faithful?

Stardust (2007) – Claire Francis, desk editor Starring Charlie Cox (“Daredevil”), Claire Danes (“Romeo + Juliet,” “Homeland”) and the disembodied voice of Sir Ian McKellen, “Stardust” is “The Princess Bride” for the post-modern millennium: ludicrous, festooned with just-slightly-off CGI, witty yet heartfelt and based off a book of the same name (written by Neil Gaiman in the…

Olivia Popp’s top five films of 2016

5. “Manchester by the Sea” The movie was almost just a chance to showcase Casey Affleck, who, prior to this film, was unknown to many regular filmgoers. Nevertheless, everyone loves a good real-life drama, which is what “Manchester by the Sea” gave us. Something about this film’s sweet, sweet cinematic storytelling evokes a story near…

Jóhann Jóhannson’s score for ‘Arrival’ proves that film scores need not be background

In September, a 13-minute YouTube video about movie scores went viral. A bit more substantive than your average fare of whimsical cats or infants, the 4-million-view video, titled “The Marvel Symphonic Universe,” asked an important question: Why can’t you remember any orchestral theme from the Marvel movies? While the 14 movies of the Marvel Cinematic…

Film review: Brainy alien-invasion story ‘Arrival’ marries Spectacle with Intelligence

So… it feels weird writing a review two days after the Election. As if anything else that happens this week is remotely as consequential as that event. But I can’t not produce content. I signed a contract and everything. The good news is “Arrival” is quite excellent. I considered director Denis Villeneuve’s previous film “Sicario”…