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Alien: Covenant Directed by Ridley Scott Opens May 19 For all of its grave, absurd self-seriousness and delusions of profundity, Prometheus (2012) was a welcome return to familiar territory for its director, and it supplied pleasures that had little to do with recalling the classic Alien (1979), still Ridley Scott’s best movie. These included a free-time-killing Michael Fassbender as a “synthetic” (android), happily bicycling around the title starship tossing basketballs into hoops and listening to the great...
Major League: Wesley Snipes in Focus March 31-April 9 at BAM The 25th anniversary of the release of Ron Shelton’s beloved and irresistible interracial sports bromance White Men Can’t Jump is the token occasion of BAM’s 11-film tribute to its co-lead, Wesley Snipes, but of course no tie-in is necessary to celebrate the work of one of the finest and most versatile actors the American star system has yet produced. Snipes’s greatness touched the 80s and...
The ascension of Donald Trump to President of the United States is a triumph of stupidity, hatred, fear and reckless nihilism. The not-new cynical alchemy that used economic despair to stoke a widespread persecution complex with misidentified perpetrators, producing votes and a sham “movement,” seemed to rapidly accelerate a national death wish that was until now only bubbling latently under the surface. The country will probably make it to 2020, but Trump’s normalization and...
Based on a Book by Patricia Highsmith January 19-23 at the Metrograph The time is ripe for Patricia Highsmith. Her greatest creation is a blond fraud and expert manipulator whose chief difference from the new American president is his infinitely superior taste in music, art, food, decorating and company (that and the openly documented murders). Toggling between identities to suit his current audience, Tom Ripley is a suave, chameleonic con artist and sociopath whose narcissistic tendencies...

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