New and Noteworthy

Jared Harris in “Chernobyl”. Photo: HBO

Review: Chernobyl

The immediate battle to contain the disaster takes up several episodes and is credible, exciting and horrifying.


Franco Zeffirelli on “Charlie Rose”. Photo: PBS

Franco Zeffirelli, 1923–2019

He may not have been a man you’d want to know personally. But his cultural legacy is undeniable.




Bachi Valishvili, Levan Gelbakhiani and Ana Javakishvili in “And Then We Danced”. Photo: TriArt

Quick Take: And Then We Danced

A sincere, compelling and ultimately damning portrait of Georgia’s destructive macho attitudes. 


Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in “Murder Mystery”. Photo: Netflix

Quick Take: Murder Mystery

Mediocre film for sure, but reasonably well paced, with moments of fun and action.


Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in “The Band Wagon”. Photo: MGM

Review: The Band Wagon

A colorful feast for our eyes and ears, made by people at the top of their game.




Ai Weiwei in “Why Are We Creative: The Centipede’s Dilemma”. Photo: Celluloid Dreams

Quick Take: Why Are We Creative: The Centipede’s Dilemma

Watching these celebrities struggle with the question is always far less interesting than their actual work. 


Timothy Olyphant and John Hawkes in “Deadwood: The Movie”. Photo: HBO

Quick Take: Deadwood: The Movie

Fans of the show will appreciate it more than others, but its elegance, humanity and wit is universal. 


Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell in “Fosse/Verdon”. Photo: FX

Quick Take: Fosse/Verdon

Beautifully staged, with compelling, stylish recreations of movies and stage shows.