Posts tagged Musical biopics

Filmmaker Asif Kapadia captures the bracing and startling rise and fall of the late jazz singer Amy Winehouse in "Amy."  Accessing an enormous wealth of old videos from friends and family, self-read letters of lyrics and songwriting, archived phone conversations, backstage footage, media appearances, and unreleased performances, "Amy" weaves a masterful and compelling narrative.  It is on the 2016 Oscar short-list for Best Documentary Feature and is available now for home viewing.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Love and Mercy

Come to "Love and Mercy" for the music but stay for the involving double-barreled saga of creative energy, new-found redemption, and growing companionship.  This film relishes the understated vibe it seeks.  It's not earth-shatteringly profound as a story or a film.  It's not going to jump off the screen or crush your emotions.  However, this film will impress you and gain your respect.  That's better than 90% of the tired biographical films that hit cinemas every year.  Enjoy a winner right here.

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"Get On Up," the new film from "The Help" director Tate Taylor breaks away from a good chunk of the formula and cliche pitfalls that beset biographical films.  With the casting of lesser-known Chadwick Boseman and the flavor by which it does its time-hopping, "Get On Up" succeeds in those two extra qualities that I like to see in a really good biopic.  For that, the film separates itself nicely from the rest of the pack as one of the best biographical films in recent memory.

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