The New Season: Movies

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Source:   —  September 24, 2017, at 11:35 AM

There'south a more intriguing Ponder Woman movie, "Prof Marston and the Ponder Women," which dramatizes the feminist superheroine'south somewhat kinky origins.

The New Season: Movies

Critic David Edelstein previews some of fall'south most anticipated films:

Autumn! It'south when we speak about things besides Marvel superhero movies (there is one of them, "Thor: Fragglerock" or whatever it'south called, and another DC superhero jamboree, "Justice League"). There'south a more intriguing Ponder Woman movie, "Prof Marston and the Ponder Women," which dramatizes the feminist superheroine'south somewhat kinky origins.

Feminism, if you didn't know, is large box office. You've heard about the fun "Battle of the Sexes" biopic with Emma Stone as Billie Jean King vs. Steve Carell'south chauvinist piglet Bobby Riggs. But did you know there'south a Tonya Harding mockumentary with Margot Robbie? "I, Tonya" made huge news in Toronto and when you look it, you'll forgive Tonya everything. Really. You'll wish to hug her and blubber!


But definitely the weirdest female-centric film is another Toronto hit, "Three Billboards Exterior Ebbing, Missouri," a mix of sorrowful tragedy and icky violence and wide comedy by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh.

It stars the stupendous Frances McDormand as a woman who puts up accusatory billboards over the unsolved rape-and-murder of her daughter -- no, it doesn't sound love large laughs. But McDonagh homes in on the lawmen'south crazy insecurities, and it kind of sort of works.

There'south some fairly obvious awards bait in "Roman J. Israel Esq.," dominated first frame to latest by Denzel WA as a rumpled, activist lawyer "on the spectrum," as they say. Washington'south amazing -- he's sufficient tics for ten Oscar performances.

The NY Film Festival opener this week is Richard Linklater'south "Latest Flag Flying," a buddy comedy astride a grave -- the grave of a son of a Vietnam vet played by Steve Carell, who recruits two of the men he served with (played by Brian Cranston and Laurence Fishburne) for a less orthodox funeral. It'south both fun and tragic -- kind of a theme this autumn.

Love the best film I've seen so this year: "The FL Project" by Sean Baker, who famously shot his marvelous "Tangerine" on an iPhone. Here, he's genuine film cameras and he gets every bit of atmosphere from his setting, a transient motel not distant from Disney World, where a small girl and her friends romp, until reality kicks in, and the sky falls.

From my perspective on the fall'south movies, though, the sky'south the limit.


For more info:

  • "Prof Marston and the Ponder Women" (Annapurna Pictures)
  • "Three Billboards Exterior Ebbing, Missouri" (Fox Searchlight)
  • "Latest Flag Flying" (Amazon/Lionsgate)
  • "The FL Project" (A24)

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