Jeffrey M. Anderson

From left, Cynthia Erivo and Joe Alwyn confer with director Kasi Lemmons on the set of “Harriet.” (Courtesy Glen Wilson/Focus Features)

Kasi Lemmons describes joys, trials of making ‘Harriet’

Filmmaker calls Tubman biopic a ‘freedom’ film

From left, Cynthia Erivo and Joe Alwyn confer with director Kasi Lemmons on the set of “Harriet.” (Courtesy Glen Wilson/Focus Features)
Nat Wolff, left, and Alexander Skarsgard star in “The Kill Team.” (Courtesy A24)

‘Kill Team’ tells tough war story about a hard choice

Director Dan Krauss reshapes his documentary into feature film

Nat Wolff, left, and Alexander Skarsgard star in “The Kill Team.” (Courtesy A24)
Willem Dafoe, left, and Robert Pattinson star in “The Lighthouse,” director Robert Eggers’ disturbing second feature. (Courtesy A24)

‘The Lighthouse’ a deeply unsettling horror flick

‘Witch’ director Robert Eggers meditates on isolation

Willem Dafoe, left, and Robert Pattinson star in “The Lighthouse,” director Robert Eggers’ disturbing second feature. (Courtesy A24)
Will Smith, left, and Ang Lee work on “Gemini Man.” (Courtesy Paramount Pictures)

Ang Lee speaks about technology, humanity in ‘Gemini Man’

Great effort went into making lifelike Will Smith clone

Will Smith, left, and Ang Lee work on “Gemini Man.” (Courtesy Paramount Pictures)
Joaquin Phoenix gives a tormented performance in “Joker.” (Courtesy Niko Tavernise/ Warner Bros. Pictures)

‘Joker’ a dark, gritty, powerful drama about rage

Joaquin Phoenix plays title character with intensity

Joaquin Phoenix gives a tormented performance in “Joker.” (Courtesy Niko Tavernise/ Warner Bros. Pictures)
From left, Daniel Scheinert, Andre Hyland and Michael Abbott Jr. appear in “The Death of Dick Long.” (Courtesy A24)

‘Death of Dick Long’ offers more than just laughs

Edgy rural comedy also has tender moments and food for thought

From left, Daniel Scheinert, Andre Hyland and Michael Abbott Jr. appear in “The Death of Dick Long.” (Courtesy A24)
Brad Pitt fills the screen in “Ad Astra.” (Courtesy Francois Duhamel/Twentieth Century Fox)

Despite great space sequences, ‘Ad Astra’ remains distant

Brad Pitt plays searching astronaut in James Gray movie

Brad Pitt fills the screen in “Ad Astra.” (Courtesy Francois Duhamel/Twentieth Century Fox)
Lexy Kolker — who doesn’t look like she’s acting — is excellent in “Freaks.” (Courtesy Well Go USA Entertainment)

Inventive ‘Freaks’ does so much with little

Low-budget, sci-fi horror flick is ingenious

Lexy Kolker — who doesn’t look like she’s acting — is excellent in “Freaks.” (Courtesy Well Go USA Entertainment)
From left, Bill Hader and James Ransone have some funny moments in “It Chapter Two.” (Courtesy Warner Bros.)
From left, Bill Hader and James Ransone have some funny moments in “It Chapter Two.” (Courtesy Warner Bros.)
Keira Knightley plays a British whistleblower in “Official Secrets.” (Courtesy IFC Films)
Keira Knightley plays a British whistleblower in “Official Secrets.” (Courtesy IFC Films)
Ella Balinska, Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott star in “Charlie’s Angels,” opening in November. (Courtesy Sony Entertainment)

Fall 2019 Arts Preview: Movies

With fun and serious offerings, there’s something for everyone

Ella Balinska, Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott star in “Charlie’s Angels,” opening in November. (Courtesy Sony Entertainment)
“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” describes the making of an early film by director Luis Buñuel. (Courtesy GKIDS)

Animated ‘Buñuel’ tells story of shocking doc ‘Las Hurdes’

Unusual film offers introduction to surrealist auteur

“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” describes the making of an early film by director Luis Buñuel. (Courtesy GKIDS)
From left, Viveik Kalra and director Gurinder Chadha work on the set of “Blinded by the Light.” (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)                                From left, Viveik Kalra and director Gurinder Chadha work on the set of “Blinded by the Light.” (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

Springsteen heals in ‘Blinded by the Light’

Behind the scenes with director Gurinder Chadha, writer Sarfraz Manzoor

From left, Viveik Kalra and director Gurinder Chadha work on the set of “Blinded by the Light.” (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)                                From left, Viveik Kalra and director Gurinder Chadha work on the set of “Blinded by the Light.” (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)
Baykali Ganambarr, left, and Aisling Franciosi appear in “The Nightingale.” (Courtesy IFC Films)

Horrific ‘Nightingale,’ set 200 years ago, is painfully current

Jennifer Kent’s latest is a revenge film and more

Baykali Ganambarr, left, and Aisling Franciosi appear in “The Nightingale.” (Courtesy IFC Films)
From left, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson and Vanessa Kirby are good in the latest movie in the “Fast & Furious” series. (Courtesy Daniel Smith/Universal Pictures)

‘Furious’ franchise fast forwards with ‘Hobbs & Shaw’

Cool characters, exciting action in new spinoff

From left, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson and Vanessa Kirby are good in the latest movie in the “Fast & Furious” series. (Courtesy Daniel Smith/Universal Pictures)
Brad Pitt, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio star in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” (Courtesy Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures)

Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ cleverly mixes fact, fiction, film

Funny, beautiful stylish 1969-set movie defies expectations

Brad Pitt, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio star in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” (Courtesy Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures)
The gorgeous animals in Disney’s new “The Lion King” look like they could be from a nature documentary. (Courtesy Disney)

Exquisite ‘Lion King” remake feels like a cash-grab

Lack of originality sullies live-action version

The gorgeous animals in Disney’s new “The Lion King” look like they could be from a nature documentary. (Courtesy Disney)
Jesse Eisenberg is perfectly cast in the quirky “The Art of Self-Defense.” (Courtesy Bleecker Street)

‘Art of Self-Defense’ destined to be a cult classic

Weird, funny comedy explores concept of ideal masculinity

Jesse Eisenberg is perfectly cast in the quirky “The Art of Self-Defense.” (Courtesy Bleecker Street)
Director Ari Aster makes bright daylight creepy in his effective “Midsommar.” (Courtesy A24)

Ari Aster’s ‘Midsommar’ is first-class horror

Film cleverly tackles classic, age-old themes

Director Ari Aster makes bright daylight creepy in his effective “Midsommar.” (Courtesy A24)
From left, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife and Mckenna Grace star in “Annabelle Comes Home.” (Courtesy Warner Bros.)

‘Annabelle Comes Home’ complements ‘Conjuring’ universe

Horror flick has solid scares, intriguing questions about death

From left, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife and Mckenna Grace star in “Annabelle Comes Home.” (Courtesy Warner Bros.)