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This weekend at the movies, we’ve got an outlandish original from James Wan (Malignant, starring Annabelle Wallis and Maddie Hasson), suburban scammers (Queenpins, starring Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste), an ex-con looking for redemption (The Card Counter, starring Oscar Isaac and Tye Sheridan), and an assassin looking for revenge (Kate, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Woody Harrelson). What are the critics saying?

Modern horror maestro James Wan hasn’t delivered anything wholly original since he helmed the first Conjuring back in 2013; everything since then has either been a sequel (Insidious: Chapter 2The Conjuring 2) or a major franchise detour (Furious 7Aquaman). It’s no wonder his fans were stoked about Malignant, a new thriller directed by Wan and based on an original story by him, and it would appear that anticipated was mostly warranted. Annabelle Wallis stars as a Seattle woman plagued by dark, violent dreams of a serial killer who discovers that her visions of murder are very real and very accurate. In her quest to understand why she has been cursed with this psychic torment, she is forced to reckon with some secrets she probably should have left buried. Most films of this nature hinge on some sort of plot development that explains who the killer is and what their motivations are, and critics say that reveal in Malignant is so ballsy and unexpected that, for some, it may alone be worth the price of admission (or your HBO Max subscription). It’s going to be hit-or-miss for a lot of folks, but for those it hits, it’s a doozy.

Like its more adult-oriented spiritual cousin HustlersQueenpins is based (admittedly loosely) on a true story about a couple of enterprising women who utilized an organized scheme to stand up to big business. In this case, the two women are regular suburban gals Connie Kaminski (Kristen Bell) and JoJo Johnson (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), who turn a coupon-clipping hobby into a multimillion-dollar counterfeiting operation, attracting the attention of a supermarket Loss Prevention Officer (Paul Walter Hauser) and a US Postal Inspector (Vince Vaughn). Toss in a few comedy regulars like Stephen Root, Annie Mumolo, Joel McHale, and Marc Evan Jackson, and you’d think you had a surefire hit on your hands. Unfortunately, critics haven’t been won over by the cast, who they say is somewhat left holding the bag in a middling comedy full of toilet humor and pacing issues. It will still tickle the funny bone for some viewers, but it’s difficult not to imagine how much better it could have been.

Writer-director Paul Schrader finally landed his first Oscar nomination in 2017 with the Ethan Hawke-powered dramatic thriller First Reformed, which earned all kinds of accolades across the board and left film buffs salivating for his next project. As it turns out, that next project is this week’s The Card Counter, another character-driven dramatic thriller anchored by a showstopping performance. The actor at the center of that performance is Oscar Isaac, who plays an ex-con who makes his living traveling from casino to casino, playing cards and winning. A chance encounter with a young man with ties to his past sets him on a new course of redemption, both for himself and his new companion. Critics say The Card Counter is another powerful examination of weaponized morality that works in large part because of Isaac’s committed, if somewhat subdued, performance and Schrader’s intimate perspective.

If you commit to releasing at least one new film on your streaming service every weekend in a given year, you have to accept the fact that not all of them are going to be winners. That isn’t to say Netflix’s latest genre film, Kate, failed to impress any writers at all; it just didn’t quite reach the critical heights of its similarly themed Gunpowder Milkshake from just a couple months ago. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays the titular character, an elite assassin who botches a hit on a yakuza boss in Tokyo and finds herself poisoned in the process. With only 24 hours to live, Kate goes on the hunt for her killers and unexpectedly forms a friendship with the young daughter of one of her former targets. Critics say Winstead does her best to hold Kate together, and the action is serviceable enough, but with the “deadly female assassin out for revenge” subgenre currently in full bloom, there just isn’t enough to set the film apart.

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NYFW is back! Christian Siriano kicks off show with celebs, color and a Marina performance

USA TODAY 11 September, 2021 - 03:00am

Designer Christian Siriano leaned into the idea of fashion as a getaway, kicking off New York Fashion Week with a colorful bang Tuesday night.

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Designer Christian Siriano presented a bright, nostagic collection as he opened New York Fashion Week in style. (Sept. 8) AP Entertainment

NEW YORK – Fashion is the ultimate escapism for many in a pandemic world that has been largely devoid of joy – designer Christian Siriano leaned into that idea of fashion as a getaway, kicking off New York Fashion Week with a colorful bang Tuesday night.

Siriano returned to New York City's Gotham Hall to showcase his spring/summer collection, which he said was inspired by a "simpler time" and "the Italian women in my life."

“In a time when so many of us need an escape from the world, fashion is a great place to explore. For this collection I went back to a simpler time and looked to my past," Siriano wrote in the show notes. "The old photographs of my grandmother in the '60s and '70s on holiday in Positano wearing her apricot orange dress inspired an Italian coastal collection filled with color and joy.

"I wanted it to feel powerful and strong but also romantic like any true Italian woman."

Powerful and strong were also apt descriptions of the star-studded front row, which included Katie Holmes, Lil' Kim, "Clueless" star Alicia Silverstone, "Gils5eva" actress Busy Philipps, Kristin Chenoweth, "Real Housewives of New York City" cast member Leah McSweeney and Christine Quinn of "Selling Sunset."

The buzz of Gotham Hall was noticeably quieter than in years past, with most – but not all – attendees wearing masks inside the show after displaying their vaccine QR codes at the entrance checkpoint.

The show also featured a surprise performance: Marina Diamandis, known mononymously as Marina, took the stage in a bright orange minidress with multicolored fringed sleeves to belt out her hits as the models strutted down the runway.

Color always makes its way into Siriano's collections. Lime green and bright orange featured prominently in his spring/summer 2022 looks, which also showcased tailored suits, voluminous sleeves, vintage lace appliques, cutouts and his signature dramatic silhouettes and evening gowns.

The show's finale included of a group of models exclusively revealing a variety of denim pieces from the upcoming collaboration between Siriano and Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans.

While most designers went fully digital during an expanded New York Fashion Week in the spring that stretched the traditional calendar, Siriano has remained committed to the runway since the start of the pandemic. Siriano's fall/winter collection was inspired by a jaunt to Aspen, Colorado, to visit family for the first time in a year. 

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Twenty years ago, on the eve of what became 9/11, the New York shows were mostly held in tents in Bryant Park. The shows weren’t called Fashion Week then; they were just “the shows,” and those who attended knew each other, like members of a club. There were outliers. That particular September, Marc Jacobs, for example, showed at night on the Hudson River waterfront, the lights from lower Manhattan and Jersey City casting their opulent glow. No doubt some designer that season expounded on “the strong American woman.”

As the shows resume, I’ve been struck by the extreme differences between then and now, and not only because of the havoc the pandemic continues to cause. The changes are generational. Today, the rhetoric is around community, sustainability, authenticity. One designer, Hillary Taymour of Collina Strada, used the rooftop farm of the Brooklyn Grange, in Sunset Park, to advocate for green infrastructure, since roof gardens reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and stormwater runoff — big problems of late. I suspect that the number of guests traveling between Manhattan and Brooklyn in cars probably defeated that argument. I took the D train one way and then shared an Uber to West 137th Street, for the Harlem Fashion Row street party and style awards. Still, I understand Taymour’s zeal, which was reflected more believably in her clothes and models — the free-for-all layers, the veggie palette of oranges and greens, the hospital-style booties, and a cast that would delight Wes Anderson. “You dress for the mess,” as Taymour put it.

This kind of attitude — determined, autonomous, maybe naïve — is the hallmark of this generation of fashion creators. And I hesitate to say if it sets them apart from their peers in Europe (I think it probably does), but it certainly makes the world of 2001 seem very distant.

But the point is the collection, shown on Little Island, nimbly cut through the new and old rhetoric around fashion, and it took time, heaps of time.

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