Monthly Archives: September 2018

Preview, space mining gets Old West ornery in “Prospect”

Space is lived-in, worn, not polished and pristine in “Prospect” — more “Outland” and “Alien” and “The Martian” than the Apple Store design showpieces in shades of white that are Hollywood’s preferred way of transporting humans through the void. And … Continue reading

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Preview, “The Super” takes over a haunted apartment building from Val Kilmer

I just reviewed this movie on Netflix, right? “Nightworld” it was called — ex cop takes job as night watchman in a haunted apartment building. Oh, right. In “The Super” the guy (Patrick John Flueger) is…a SUPER. The frights appear … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Where Hands Touch”

Yes, there were black people in Nazi Germany. So “Where Hands Touch” is a World War II drama on solid ground, historically. And the film does not trivialize or otherwise dilute The Holocaust in remembering that along with six million … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The House with a Clock in Its Walls”

Some myths die harder than others. But the self-sustaining hype of horror mogul Eli Roth was never much more than smoke and torture porn mirrors. Removed from that hype and outside of his narrow genre, as “Death Wish” made clear and … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Are there Bulgarian frights in “Nightworld”

If nothing else, kudos are due to the creators of “Nightworld” for casting Jason London and Robert Englund in the leads. If only Michael York had been available. It’s a moody, nightmarish story of night watchman work in a mysterious … Continue reading

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Preview, Marvel tears off a little Female Empowerment with “Captain Marvel” — official trailer

Brie Larson has the title role, one small step for Marvel to get some of that “Wonder Woman” buzz, crossover appeal, etc. etc. “Captain Marvel” is a March release, opening in that “Black Panther” (broadly speaking) window. Directors of modest … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Re-examining disability through the lens of “Intelligent Lives”

One of the great sea changes in American culture over the past 60 years has been in attitudes toward and treatment of the mentally disabled. From the gradual abandonment of “labeling” via outmoded IQ tests and “warehousing” people we used … Continue reading

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Preview, Disney gives us another peek at “Mary Poppins Returns”

Even those of us who adore Emily Blunt would be ever-so-quick to say that she’s no Julie Andrews. And Dick Van Dyke is every bit as irreplaceable. He’s here, just not in the same guise. But damned if Angela Lansbury … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Prepare to be blindsided by “Face 2 Face”

Boy, talk about a light, dullish teen dramedy that turns icky on a dime. “Face 2 Face” is one of the most striking miscalculations in movie tone in recent memory. From light, right on the cusp of sweet, to just … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “On My Skin: The Last Seven Days of Stefano Cucchi”

Franz Kafka was born in Prague and died in a sanitarium outside of Vienna. But his Kafkaesque nightmare of maddening bureaucracy run by heartless, buck-passing functionaries lives on just to the south, in the courts, hospitals and government offices of … Continue reading

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