Monthly Archives: February 2015

Movie Review: The Troubles, vividly seen from a soldier’s eye view, in “71”

It wasn’t that long ago. The streets were littered with barricades, and at night, you could see the bonfires scattered all along the religious fault lines of the city. Graffiti covered the walls — an “I.R.A.” slogan here, a “No … Continue reading

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Next Interview: Questions for director John Boorman?

If you’re a film buff — and seriously, if you’re reading, stumbling across movie blogs, etc., why not? — you may have a ready question or two you’d love to ask the great John Boorman. He did “Point Blank” and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: :”Song of the Sea” is an Oscar contender that coulda been a winner

Every scene is magical, every image a work of art in “Song of the Sea,” the latest Oscar-nominated feature from the folks who gave us “The Secret of Kells.” “Sea” is an Irish folk tale, a modern day account of … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Bluebird”

Lesley is a conscientious school bus driver. A kid doesn’t have a stocking cap for his snowy walk home from his bus stop, she gives him hers. She parks her vehicle at the end of a shift, mentions to the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Out of the Dark”

There’s something chilling about thrillers that put a child in jeopardy. And from the minute we meet Hannah (Pixie Davies) in “Out of the Dark,” she’s being menaced. Her parents (Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman) have just moved with her … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Deli Man”

You may see better, more Oscar-worthy documentaries this year. But you will never see one more mouth watering than “Deli Man,” Erik Greenberg Anjou’s look at the dying dietary tradition of America’s Jewish delicatessens. It’s a playful and tasty crash … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Ana Maria in Novela Land”

“Ana Maria in Novela Land” is a comedy spoof introduces us to the wonder that is Edy Ganem by hurling her into the world of Latin soap operas — Telenovelas. She plays both an obsessed young fan and blogger about … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Widowmaker”

Heart attacks might seem a mundane subject for a documentary. They kill suddenly. And they’re so depressingly common as to make one wonder how you get a movie out of them. But Patrick Forbes’ “The Widowmaker” has the makings of … Continue reading

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Jack O’Connell and director Yann Demange talk about getting the history, and the gritty thrills, right in “71”

Director Yann Demange doesn’t want people to pigeon-hole his pulse-pounding Northern Ireland chase picture “71” as, well, “a chase picture,” or simply another tale set amid “The Troubles,” the decades-long civil war in Northern Ireland. “When people call it ‘The … Continue reading

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Oscars: Who I HOPE wins

Never liked predicting the Oscars, and I have never obsessed over them the way some corners of filmfandom do. But I do watch them, every year.  I don’t watch them for the fashions, the dance numbers, the broken English best … Continue reading

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