Monthly Archives: July 2017

Movie Review: Spider-Man Holland guards a relic on a Dark Ages “Pilgrimage”

A best-seller some years back told us “How the Irish Saved Civilization.” Bit of a stretch, but there’s plenty of evidence that a lot of Western culture and more to the point Christian culture was preserved in the monasteries of … Continue reading

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Sam Shepard — playwright, actor, Marlboro Man of the Movies 1943-2017

The hard-living, grizzled playwright, actor and director Sam Shepard has died. Complications of Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to the New York Times. He was 73. His plays — “True West,” “Fool for Love” and “Buried Child” among them — won … Continue reading

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Today’s Interview: Questions for writer/director/producer Neil LaBute?

He’s best known for his acrid breakthrough film, “In the Company of Men.” But Neil LaBute’s made a career out of telling difficult truths about the human condition and human cruelty. “The Shape of Things,” “”Dirty Weekend,” “The Wicker Man” … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Dunkirk” barely holds off “Emoji Movie”

The most critically-acclaimed movie of the summer, a pulse pounding historical action picture with high exit-polling scores as well, may very well repeat at the top of the box office this weekend. But a movie every critic and pundit has trashed, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Anime depicts Japan on the home front in WWII “In This Corner of the World”

Decades into an ongoing fascination with Japanese cinema, I can still say the most revealing portraits I’ve seen of the home front there during World War II are animated — anime, cartoons. It’s not as if the country’s cinema has … Continue reading

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Box Office: Another winning weekend for “Dunkirk,” but will “Emoji” sucker millions into buying tickets?

Sony didn’t preview “The Emoji Movie” for critics. They knew it was crap, though how they failed to figure that out from the first, stupid, cynical pitch is a mystery. I saw it at its first showing in Winter Park, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Middle Ages curse, bump and grind all the way through “The Little Hours”

Almost a millennium has passed since Medieval manuscripts codified a “lusty wench,” and Aubrey Plaza has become that archetype personified. Sleepy-eyed, foul-mouthed and carnality incarnate, whatever TV (“Legion,” “Parks & Rec”) has found for her to do, the movies (“Mike & … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Let us now dump upon “The Emoji Movie”

  An animation braintrust put in the overtime, brainstorming brilliant bon mots, thinking outside the box and in dreaming up visuals to illustrate The Secret World of Cell Phones for “The Emoji Movie.” Nah, not really. They just took “Wreck-It … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Amnesia” reminds us of what Germans can only try to forget

Fresh insights are rare and dramatic moments rarer in Barbet Schroeder’s meditation on Germans forgiving themselves for the Holocaust, “Amnesia.” It’s an apologia with any hint of edge rubbed off, a soft and squishy drama that has so little to … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Coming of age in the ’60s wasn’t as dull as “Liza Liza, Skies are Grey” makes it out to be

Is there a point to “Liza, Liza, Skies are Grey,” a coming-of-age tale that trots out every 1960s trope and cliche and treats each as if it’s a new discovery? The picture takes its title from a song Al Jolson … Continue reading

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