Monthly Archives: November 2016

Movie Review: Horror crosses cultures in “The Eyes of My Mother”

Whatever the artistic pretense, some horror movies leave you grateful that the filmmaker mercifully chose to shoot it in black and white. With “The Eyes of My Mother,” that means we’re left with the hope that whatever’s in that glass, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Manchester by the Sea”

Lee Chandler isn’t crazy about eye contact. The Quincy, Massachusetts janitor carries himself like a person who’s taken one too many blows, a dead man walking, working, drinking and going through the motions. Every interpersonal interaction is awkward, drawn out. … Continue reading

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Documentary Review — “Harry Benson: Shoot First”

Harry Benson captured The Beatles, giddy on their first-ever arrival in the U.S., pillow-fighting in their hotel. He was with them in Miami when he thought it would be cool and funny to drag them down the street to meet … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “SiREN” is “Eyes Wide Shut” as directed by, oh, Rob Zombie

Mr. Nyx is the guy you call when you’re a cop somewhere in the South and you stumble across a de-consecrated church filled with blood, candles, pentangles, goats kept in cages and corpses. He surveys the scene from behind his … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “La La Land” triumphs over bland — eventually

The epic opening scene of “La La Land” is a long-take roaming camera song and dance number set amid a sea of drivers stranded on a Los Angeles freeway overpass. A song burbles up on a radio, the driver sings … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Eagle Huntress” gives girl power talons

A Mongolian teen breaks the gender barrier in her native land’s sport of eagle hunting in “The Eagle Huntress,” a striking if predictable and plainly-staged docudrama set in one of the world’s most forbidding landscapes. In Mongolia, the steppes tribesman … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Mifune” celebrates the icon, the only Toshiro who matters

A glaring injustice of the Internet pops up when you Google Image  search”Toshiro.” Your screen fills with a sea of shots of a bleached-blond anime character. Film fans know there is but one Toshiro, the legendary Japanese film star Toshiro … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Will Michael Shannon finally “get the girl” in “Frank & Lola”?

One thing the great Michael Shannon, the best working actor without an Oscar to his name, almost never gets in his movies is “the girl.” With a scowl that scares, looks that could have been carved by a hatchet and … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Box Office: “Moana” mows down all in her path

Disney’s “Moana” is threatening the “Frozen” holiday opening weekend record with a blockbusting Tuesday night/Wed. — well over $15 million, just a tad over what “Frozen” did on its opening Wednesday on the way to setting the Thanksgiving weekend box office … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Allied” is a slick, empty “Casablanca” that flunks chemistry

As crisp as every crease on Brad Pitt’s perfectly-pressed period picture pants, as slick and shiny as any classic from the Hollywood “Dream Factory,” “Allied” is a World War II romance that lacks the spark — any spark — of … Continue reading

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