Monthly Archives: May 2018

Movie Review: Guilt, remorse and recklessness reckon with the “Beast”

“What’s wrong with you?” Jersey islander Moll hears this often, and her reactions — wincing, wounded, resigned — make us realize she’s been hearing it for years, if not all her life. Moll (Jessie Buckley of the recent A & … Continue reading

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Next Screening, “Adrift” with Shailene

Actually, the first film of the day is a belated viewing of “Beast.” Then there’s “Hereditary,” the new Toni Collette horror piece from A24. But STX is releasing this Shailene lost-at-sea adventure without previewing it for critics, and as I … Continue reading

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Preview, Robert Pattinson figures out Mia Wasikowska is no “Damsel”

Well, this just looks daft. In the Old West, R. Patts pines away for his long lost beloved. He’s brought a preacher with him to Tie the Knot when he catches up with the fair Penelope. And she’s not having … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “The Veil” hides behind a barbarian’s leathers

In the netherscape of Sword and Sorcery Land, a lad takes his training and his lessons from his father. “You must draw from your surroundings,” the would-be warrior’s dad (Adam Gregory) counsels, dropping the tweenage kid again. Find strength on … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Bella Thorne, as scary as you want her to be in “You Get Me”?

“You Get Me” is a spurned-lover thriller for teenagers, “Swimfan” with less swimming, “Fatal Attraction” without the bunny. It offers model, bombshell and tabloid princess Bella Thorne the chance to play the bad girl  — REALLY bad — in a … Continue reading

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Netflixable? The Hunt for a missing sister begins with “Sara’s Notebook”

Think of “Sara’s Notebook” as a “Heart of Darkness” for Africa in the age of Conflict Minerals and NGOs. Stick with me, because I’m going to run with this conceit a while. This Spanish film, acquired by Netflix, is a … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Team and City struggle to overcome tragedy in “Nossa Chape”

It’s a credit to the makers of the soccer documentary “Nossa Chape” that they’d still have a decent film, even without the tragedy that underscores the one they made. Chapecó is a relatively small, poor city in fútbol-mad Brazil, perpetual … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Soldiers and survivors cope with questions unanswered in “The Yellow Birds”

There’s evidence of ambition in “The Yellow Birds,” a sober-minded Iraq War drama based on combat vet-author Kevin Powers’ novel. It has a hint of “In the Valley of Elah” in its mysterious death of a soldier and Biblical undertones, … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Cultures don’t quite clash, or connect in “Maineland”

“Maineland” is an underachieving documentary about over-achieving Chinese exchange students at a remote prep school in Maine. It’s a culture-clash story where cultures don’t truly clash, where “America” doesn’t so much rub off on kids from Chinese megacities relocated to … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Solo” WAY below Memorial Day Estimates, “Deadpool” swoons

The pre-weekend box office projections were based on studio estimates, market research based on franchise awareness, audience eagerness, yadda yadda. And they ranged from $115 million to as high as $142. It wasn’t just Box Office Guru and Deadline.com, always … Continue reading

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