movies

Lesley Manville and Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread

For a director so devoted to his own material and vision, Paul Thomas Anderson has suffused his latest film with delicate notes of Hitchcock that recall the classic “Rebecca.” Prior to its release, very little was known about “Phantom Thread,” save for the fact its star, Daniel Day Lewis, has declared this to be his last movie. Based on his stellar performance in this, I hope he will change his mind.

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Wes Studi in Scott Cooper film Hostiles

‘Hostiles’

Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike

Directed by: Scott Cooper

Rated: R

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Margo Robbie in I, Tonya

All these years later, Tonya Harding is but a small smear on the revered sport of ice-skating. While one of the most talented skaters of her generation — the only one to land a triple axle — it seemed fairly obvious she didn’t have the grace and style of other dancers like Nancy Kerrigan. Well, and then there was that infamous incident involving Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly.

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Poster for Orson Welles' Citizen Kane

Classic Movie Night is back at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont on Friday, Jan 19, with the 1941 classic Citizen Kane.

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Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in Spielberg's The Post

‘The Post’

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks

Director: Steven Spielberg

Rated: PG-13

Watching this made me wonder what venerable journalist and editor Ben Bradlee would make of the current climate for his profession. Terms like “fake news” would be an anathema to a man like Bradley, who based his reputation and that of the Washington Post on telling the truth — or in many cases, speaking truth to power. Few did it better than Bradley, who passed away in 2014.

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Jessica Chastain (left) plays Molly Bloom in Aaron Sorkin's 'Molly's Game'

‘Molly’s Game’

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba

Directed by: Aaron Sorkin

Rated: R

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Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour

‘Darkest Hour’

Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James

Directed by: Joe Wright

Rated: PG-13

It’s not often that I’m not ready for a movie to end. I really wanted this one to go on and instead of taking us up to the point that England entered World War II, take us all the way through. Of course, the caveat would be that the incomparable Gary Oldman would continue in the part of a lifetime as Winston Churchill.

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Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig

‘Lady Bird’

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Rated: PG-13

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Why do all the Marvel Comics super guys and gals seem to be having a much better time than this dreary bunch assembled to for this DC Comics latest “save the world” episode? The recent “Thor” installment proved that it was possible to ward of the evil forces of the universe and still have fun doing it.

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