Monthly Archives: October 2018

Movie Review — “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer”

  It was as ghoulish a trial as you could possibly imagine. Federal and local agents raided a Philadelphia “pill mill” clinic which was pouring oxy, Xanax and other prescription drugs out the door and across state lines, and discovered … Continue reading

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Preview, Nicole Kidman dresses down — WAY down — as an undercover cop in “Destroyer”

We tend to forget, with the fragile, nurturing, demure and ultra-feminine roles she’s played in recent years — with the occasional exception — how scary Nicole Kidman can be when she puts her mind to it. The December release “Destroyer” … Continue reading

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Preview, German soccer players find love in the locker room in “Mario”

Younger, lower echelon German footballers are turned into teammates and roommates by their team, lovers by their sexual preference. “Mario,” in German with English subtitles, comes to DVD and VOD Oct. 30.  

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Documentary Review — A pitcher attempts a comeback in “Late Life: The Chien Ming Wang Story”

Metaphors for life, dreams, old age and struggle attach themselves to baseball like no other sport. The poetic poverty of the minor leagues, the futility of defying Father Time for one last year playing a kids’ game, the tragedy of … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Keira Shines as “Colette,” West Dazzles as the Lout Who Made Her and Used Her

Best-selling novelist, scandal of the French stage and ahead-of-the-curve gender bending socialite, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was the toast of Belle Epoque France. To a century of readers, in French and any other language you could think of, she was simply “Colette.” She … Continue reading

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Preview, Keira and Skarsgaard and a Nazi’s house requisitioned in “The Aftermath” of WWII

This April 2019 release has a hint of “Suite Francaise” about it — enemies, hurled together and connecting romantically. “The Aftermath” marries Keira K to Jason Clarke, and throws the regal, high-born (Nazi sympathizer?) Alexander Skarsgaard into the mix to … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Hate U Give”

  More a good movie of its moment than a great film, “The Hate U Give” is a drama built on messaging and a hand full of terrific, emotionally-charged scenes. It’s “The Black Lives Matter Movie” and more, a vivid … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Halloween” reboot fails to match the original

It pays homage to the classic slasher film it’s based on and gives us the finale we crave from the opening credits. But the ballyhooed David Gordon Green/Danny McBride reboot of “Halloween,” while it manages the odd laugh, suffers from … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Mrs. Maisel’s Brosnahan heralds “Change in the Air”

A mysterious new neighbor throws assorted folks into a tepid tizzy in “Change in the Air,” an airless allegorical dramedy featuring a cadre of Hollywood’s well-experienced but under-employed, and the TV star of the moment. Her name is “Wren,” and … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: A Yazidi woman carries her people’s hopes “On Her Shoulders”

It’s not easy being an icon. We can feel Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad wince as one of her fellow Yazidi introduces her at a Berlin rally as “our only hope.” We see that look again when former International … Continue reading

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