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After the Storm Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda Opens March 17 at the IFC Center With recent domestic dramas like Like Father, Like Son, Our Little Sister, and now After the Storm, Hirokazu Kore-eda seems to have settled into a kind of placid groove. Apparently no longer interested in the fantastical flights of fancy of earlier films like Maborosi, After Life, or even Air Doll, he’s fully embraced the stylistic mantra of legendary cinematic forbears like Yasujiro Ozu...
Kong: Skull Island Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts Opens March 10 For better and for worse, Kong: Skull Island is very much a King Kong for our time. Gone is the horror-movie atmosphere of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s original 1933 King Kong and the unabashedly cheesy romanticism of John Guillermin’s 1976 remake. Peter Jackson tried to combine both those qualities in his elephantine 2005 version, and no image in the film summarizes Jackson’s earnest attitude...
Donald Cried Directed by Kris Avedisian Opens March 3 at the Angelika One of the unexpected pleasures of the recent mainstream comedy Why Him?—yes, the James Franco/Bryan Cranston movie from December—lie in how much the filmmakers were willing to stretch its comedy-of-discomfort scenarios to the breaking point, piling on embarrassment after embarrassment with a “can you top this” zeal that, depending on your tolerance for that kind of humor, could be seen as perversely admirable. In its...
Moana Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker Opens November 23 After Zootopia’s ambitious social allegory earlier this year, Moana, the latest from Walt Disney Animation, can’t help but feel slightly disappointing in its retreat into formula. Its title character (voiced by newcomer Auli’l Cravalho) is yet another Disney princess who, as was the case with Ariel in The Little Mermaid—also directed by Moana co-directors Ron Clements and John Musker—defies warnings from her overprotective father of the...