In ‘Oppenheimer,’ Christopher Nolan builds a thrilling, serious blockbuster for adults

In ‘Oppenheimer,’ Christopher Nolan builds a thrilling, serious blockbuster for adults

The following article was first published by APNEWS (Associated Press)

Christopher Nolan has never been one to take the easy or straightforward route while making a movie.  He shoots on large-format film with large, cumbersome cameras to get the best possible cinematic image. He prefers practical effects over computer-generated ones and real locations over soundstages — even when that means recreating an atomic explosion in the harsh winds of the New Mexico desert in the middle of the night for “Oppenheimer,” out July 21.  Though, despite internet rumors, they did not detonate an actual nuclear weapon…

Virginian-Pilot film critic Mal Vincent lives on through film festival, which starts Monday

Virginian-Pilot film critic Mal Vincent lives on through film festival, which starts Monday

(Reprinted from Virginian-Pilot) For nearly two decades, Mal Vincent stood in front of crowds each summer at Norfolk’s Naro Expanded Cinema just before the lights dimmed and classic films rolled onto the screen. The Virginian-Pilot’s movie critic introduced each movie as part of his film festival, “Mal’s Movies,” in an inimitable and rich Southern accent.

Asteroid City Review: Wes Anderson’s Cosmic Grief Comedy Is One of His Very Best Movies Yet

Asteroid City Review: Wes Anderson’s Cosmic Grief Comedy Is One of His Very Best Movies Yet

The following article was published by IndieWire.com 

What starts as just another immaculate Wes Anderson comedy eventually becomes the most cosmic and radical of them all.

Like any movie by Wes Anderson, “Asteroid City” is the epitome of a Wes Anderson movie. A film about a television program about a play within a play “about infinity and I don’t know what else” (as one character describes it), this delightfully profound desert charmer — by far the director’s best effort since “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and in some respects the most poignant thing he’s ever made…