An island gang who terrorizes young women meets its match in "Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts". Indonesian writer-director Mouly Surya crafts a neo-Western with an emphatically feminine point-of-view.
Do you want to watch a film written by a computer? Would you care? This week's column offers some thoughts on the use of artificial intelligence in the film industry. I also review Dorian Bond's memoir "Me and Mr. Welles".
"Robin and Marian" is an adult corrective to the "happily ever after" versions of the Robin Hood tale. Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn are perfectly matched in this multi-layered story of an aging hero.
Two underseen gems from the 1970s that feature an amazing roster of acting talent: Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, Kris Kristofferson (in his debut role), Kathy Bates, Gary Busey, Karen Black, Theresa Russell, and Harry Dean Stanton (in both films).
Tennis is on my mind this week as Roger Federer is poised to win his 100th singles title. "John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection" is Julien Faraut's enlightening look at McEnroe's most successful year and the symbiosis between tennis and cinema.
"The Day of the Dolphin", released in 1973, is the third and final collaboration between screenwriter Buck Henry and director Mike Nichols. Completely different from "The Graduate" or "Catch-22", this unique political thriller based on interspecies communication is still worth viewing.
This focus of this week's column is female filmmakers. I look forward to Anne Sewitsky's new film about skater Sonja Henie, discuss Amy Adrion's 2018 documentary "Half the Picture",and celebrate the success of Susanne Bier's "Bird Box".