Monthly Archives: January 2016

RIP Thin White Duke

This Bowie fellow. Wow. He was always the guy all the “cool kids” found first. In every one of his many reincarnations. A high school friend, Stan Guthrie — first kid in my circle who talked him up. Always the … Continue reading

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“Free State of Jones” — McConaughey’s Folly?

An old quote attributed to Samuel Goldwyn, I think, justified his thinking that “Gone With the Wind” would flop. “No movie about the Civil War ever made a dime.” This coming summer, we’ll see if that still holds (as it … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Revenant” opens huge–will it knock “Star Wars” off #1?

“The Revenant,” one of the best pictures of 2015, opens wide this weekend. Will it top “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the world-beating blockbuster rehash that is decidedly NOT one of the best movies of 2015 on its opening weekend? … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Abandoned”

There is nobility and purpose in work — any work. Giving any job your best is a worthy goal to carry through life. And it’s always generous when an actor with a name lends some of that name-recognition to a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Anesthesia”

A reliable formula for getting your indie drama made is to write a lot of small, chewy parts that several good actors will want to sink their teeth into. Another part of the formula involves having access to those good … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Synchronicity”

The colors, the shadows pierced by unearthly shafts of light, the venal billionaire villain and the Shades of Vangelis score tell us this about “Synchronicity” before we have one hint about what it’s about. This is a “Blade Runner” homage, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Entertainment”

Here’s information you need before settling in to watch the surreal indie dramedy “Entertainment.” The star is Gregg Turkington, and the character he’s performing is named Neil Hamburger, Turkington’s stage alter ego, aka “The World’s Worst Comic.” Which, from the … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Young Orson — The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to “Citizen Kane”

“Oh no,” I said to myself, noting the presence of another “new” book about Orson Welles. “Definitive,” I thought. Again. “The last word,” I was sure.  Again. No other life in film has been so devoured, pored over and parsed. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Band of Robbers”

“Band of Robbers” is more a clever conceit than a satisfying, coherent and involving crime comedy. But what a conceit! It’s a modern resetting of Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” with characters living out their adulthood in the patterns … Continue reading

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Last, but certainly not least — The 10 Best Movies of 2015

Put it off long enough, I figure. I got to all the films that mattered in 2015 in a timely manner, and spent entirely too long mulling over which might constitute the “ten best.” Consider — “Straight Outta Compton,””Bridge of … Continue reading

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