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Movie review: ‘Hotel Mumbai’ preserves tragic history of terrorist attack

With terrorist attacks and mass shootings occurring regularly, it can be all too easy to forget or blur the details of some of the most dramatic, recent violent attacks. There's a sense of history being preserved and archived through the mediated lens of fiction filmmaking in Anthony Maras' "Hotel Mumbai." Maras makes his directorial debut with the gripping, nearly minute-by-minute account of the carnage that unfolded in the grand Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai during the terror attacks of November 2008. It's a meticulous depiction of the events that is at once disturbing, yet also illuminating.

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Review: ‘Dragged Across Concrete,’ with Mel Gibson, is both moody cop thriller and glib provocation

You might not guess from the title, but "Dragged Across Concrete" is, on one level, the tale of two long-suffering families, both in dire need of salvation, or at least a big payday. Mel Gibson is Brett Ridgeman, a grizzled police detective facing a six-week suspension, the latest bout of bad news for him; his chronically ill wife, Melanie (Laurie Holden); and their teenage daughter. Tory Kittles plays Henry Johns, a thief who returns home from prison to find his mom, a heroin addict, prostituting herself in the small apartment she shares with his disabled younger brother.

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Review: ‘Sunset’ is L–szl– Nemes’ boldly unnerving follow-up to ‘Son of Saul’

Where does an artist go after Auschwitz? Laszlo Nemes, the director of the implacably sinister Hungarian drama "Sunset," has had to grapple with the question as few others have. He won an Oscar and nearly every international film prize under the sun for his 2015 feature debut, "Son of Saul," which plunged the viewer into a grimly convincing simulacrum of a Nazi death camp and, for its many admirers, delivered the last word on how a filmmaker should depict the unthinkable.

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‘The Hummingbird Project’ review: Salma Hayek, meet the cable guys

On screen, nothing dates faster than recent history. "The Hummingbird Project," a fictional yarn set in 2011 and 2012, concerns a pair of Wall Street traders who implement a plan to lay underground fiber optic cable halfway across America, thereby gaining a few milliseconds' advantage in stock information over their fierce competitor and former boss. The adversary is played by Salma Hayek; the traders are portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard, in complementary shades of sweaty obsession.

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Capsule reviews of feature films

APOLLO 11. 3.5 stars. Todd Douglas Miller directs this documentary that looks at the first journey by people to the moon while demonstrating the unique power of reality to amaze. Adapted from previously unreleased film using the latest digital technology. Best seen in IMAX. 1 hr 33 G – Gary Thompson

The 2019 Miami Film Festival spotlights local cinema

There are 36 locally-made movies in this year’s Miami Film Festival. Here are some of their stories.