Directed by Theodore Melfi. US. 2016. PG. 127 minutes. Fox. Digital.
“In the grand scheme, numbers mean everything: Our very bodies are made of equations. Yet movies about people who deal in numbers—often foisted on us as spinachy, good-for-us entertainment during prestige-movie season—tend to be deadly dull. Who needs to see another white dude grab a piece of chalk and start writing feverishly on a blackboard?
But even if numbers are everywhere, they still have the . . .
Directed by Randal Kleiser. US. 1978. 11+. 110 minutes. Paramount. Digital.
“Grease‘s gender politics are pretty screwy, and its understanding of the ’50s amounts to a few cultural signifiers: hot cars, leather jackets, soda shops, and dance contests. But there’s a reason the movie remains a slumber-party staple, and it isn’t the muddled “don’t worry about what other people think” message. It’s more the film’s dreamy look, and the way we learn more about . . .
Directed by Tim Burton. US. 1985. 7+. 90 minutes. Warner. 35mm.
“Everything about Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, from its toy-box colors to its superb, hyperanimated Danny Elfman score to the butch-waxed hairdo and wooden-puppet walk of its star and mastermind, Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens), is pure pleasure. Pee-wee’s beloved bicycle — a gleaming, souped-up version of every ’50s dream bike you ever saw advertised in the back of a comic book — has been stolen . . .
Directed by Penny Marshall. US. 1992. 10+. 128 minutes. Sony. Digital.
“A marvelously entertaining baseball comedy, A League of their Own is inspired by the real-life antics of the all-girls baseball league founded in 1943. Geena Davis and Lori Petty star as sisters who are discovered by ever-acerbic scout Jon Lovitz. Whisked off to Chicago, they join the Rockford Peaches under the watchful bloodshot eyes of the team’s over-the-hill, boozing manager (Tom Hanks, who gives . . .
Directed by Michael Radford. UK. 1984. R. 113 minutes. 35mm.
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“Director Michael Radford’s 1984, filmed in England between April and June of 1984 (the same period during which the action of George Orwell’s famous 1949 novel takes place), is a film adaptation that succeeds brilliantly. In one fell swoop, it repoliticizes the novel — translating it into terms that speak directly to the present . . .
Directed by Bob Spiers. UK. 1997. PG. 93 minutes. Sony. 35mm.
20th Anniversary Screening! “… Somehow I found myself enjoying this limp and lurid picture. Call it gentlemanly obligation. There is a swelling wave of dissent against the Spice Girls, based on the perception that they have achieved a ludicrous measure of fame and fortune on the strength of markedly limited talents. What I particularly admire about the Spice Girls, on the other hand, is that they have achieved a ludicrous measure . . .