Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis rub up against dramatic weft and weave in a based-on-life roundelay of womanizing and thundercrack romance in the high-end fashion world of 1950s England.
The Shape of Water
The amniotic wash of fairytale and fancy finds Guillermo del Toro in fine, sometimes bawdy, sexually physicalized fettle: let all the dreaminess wash over you.
Gary Oldman is the funny Churchill. Gary Oldman is the twinkly Churchill… No… Gary Oldman is the human Churchill. A funny wonder of a drama from director Joe Wright, which incidentally dovetails with Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.”
Call Me By Your Name
Luca Guadagnino charts the course of sudden sunny summery love to the strains of Psychedelic Furs’ “Love My Way.”
The Disaster Artist
(Music Box, December 1)
James Franco’s welter of little-seen productions about artists and poets finds comic balance in the unlikely tale of the making of “The Room” and the squirmy dreams of its poète maudit, Tommy Wiseau.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.