“Maestro”: Bradley Cooper orchestrates the thwarted loves of Leonard Bernstein

“Maestro”: Bradley Cooper orchestrates the thwarted loves of Leonard Bernstein

Bradley Cooper (Leonard Bernstein) and Carey Mulligan (Felicia Montealegre) in “Maestro,” directed by Bradley Cooper and streaming on Netflix in 2023. JASON MCDONALD/NETFLIX We can only be cautious when seeing a Hollywood star attempt to take on the director’s hat: it always has the effect of the whim of a spoiled child who wants more … Read more

‘Migration’: All they are is ducks in the wind

‘Rebel Moon’ is ‘Star Wars’ on steroids, but with the life sucked out

“Migration,” the latest film from Illumination Entertainment, the animation studio that brought you “Minions,” asks the question: “What if we took the archetype of the hero’s journey and completely reinvented it?” (And by “reinvent,” I mean “miss the point of it entirely.”) One does not simply walk into Mordor (or any other similarly dangerous place). … Read more

“Munch”: exploded portrait of a tortured painter

“Munch”: exploded portrait of a tortured painter

Edvard Munch (Mattis Herman Nyquist) in “Munch”, by Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken. KINOVISTA The previous film made about Edvard Munch (1863-1944) takes us back to 1974, the release date of the remarkable feature film Edvard Munch, the Dance of Life , by the Englishman Peter Watkins, whose inextricable story and formal approach seemed to hold up … Read more

A certain cinematographic taste for the culinary world

A certain cinematographic taste for the culinary world

Pauline (Bonnie Chagneau-Ravoire) and Dodin Bouffant (Benoît Magimel) in “The Passion of Dodin Bouffant”, by Tran Anh Hung. STÉPHANIE BRANCHU/CURIOSA FILMS Like what is cooked on reality TV, on social networks or in series, a culinary scent has been spreading in cinemas for some time. For now, it is the release, on November 8, of … Read more

“The Settlers”: a western through the pampas on the bloody conquest of Tierra del Fuego

“The Settlers”: a western through the pampas on the bloody conquest of Tierra del Fuego

José Menendez (Alfredo Castro) in “The Colons”, by Felipe Galvez. DULAC DISTRIBUTION At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, businessman José Menendez took over millions of hectares in Tierra del Fuego, straddling Chile and Argentina, with the approval of the authorities. , and to the great dismay of the autonomous populations, the Selknam … Read more

The best and worst food at Capital One Arena

‘Rebel Moon’ is ‘Star Wars’ on steroids, but with the life sucked out

As the saying goes, the show must go on. Or, in the case of Capital One Arena, the games, concerts and monster truck shows must go on, regardless of the announced plans to move the Washington Wizards and Capitals to a proposed new site in Alexandria, with all the amenities and taxpayer-funded facilities that a … Read more

DVD: “Hello Actors Studio”, a look back at an intellectual and collective epic

DVD: “Hello Actors Studio”, a look back at an intellectual and collective epic

Robert De Niro in “Hello Actors Studio” (1987), by Annie Tresgot. CARLOTTA FILMS It is difficult, even today, to evoke a great performance by an American actor without invoking the “method” and the Actors Studio: two terms which, since the 1960s, have been like the alpha and omega of American drama. It’s Charlize Theron, unrecognizable … Read more