Monthly Archives: October 2018

Movie Review: Melissa Makes Oscar noise in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Melissa McCarthy unleashes her inner misanthrope in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and we may never look at her the same way again. Sure, the sad, lonely and foul-mouthed persona she’s cultivated in a few too many films is a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Hunter Killer” revives the Cold War with unfortunate Trump Era twists

“Hunter Killer” arrives in theaters as a Cold War revival submarine thriller about commandos and a US sub sent to rescue an embattled, coup-imprisoned Russian president. Tell me you think that’s wonderful geopolitical timing. Take off your MAGA hat when … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Don’t suffer through “Silencio”

There comes a moment in many a thriller when the villain, caught redheaded and/or redhanded, says the following. “It’s not what you think. I can explain everything.” In “Silencio,” both those statements are a lie. We’ve thought out and figured … Continue reading

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Documentary Review — “Meow Wolf: Origin Story”

The people in the artists’ collective known as Meow Wolf, and the filmmakers charged with making “Meow Wolf” Origin Story” and for that matter anyone writing about or reporting on them, run head-on into the same semantic dilemma. How do … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Soccer drama “Mario” is built around Love in the Locker Room

Ambition and dreams of soccer (football) glory crash into hormones and love in “Mario,” a brittle gay romance from Switzerland. That’s where Mario Lüthi is an up-and-coming striker, playing for an Under 21 in a developmental league. He’s a striker … Continue reading

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Preview, A war correspondent gets Feature Film and Documentary Treatment the Same Month — “A Private War” and “Under the Wire”

By Nov. 16, two films about the famous, daring and one-eyed war correspondent Marie Colvin will have opened. The History Channel produced the documentary version — her real words, facts, real footage and real people talking about Colvin, who died … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “Searching for Ingmar Bergman”

He has long been placed within the cinema’s pantheon, a revered, lionized filmmaker, his name dropped every time Woody Allen does an interview because Woody Allen, more than anything else, wants to be compared to Ingmar Bergman. What filmmaker wouldn’t? … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Halloween” slashes another $30 million, “Hunter Killer” dies

A big big second week falloff isn’t preventing “Halloween” from dominating the box office on Trick or Treating weekend. A 70% drop Friday to Friday and Deadline.com is still figuring it’ll hit $33 million by midnight Sunday. A bit generous. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Cyrano heads to high school in “#Roxy”

A high school “Cyrano de Bergerac” in the age of tweets, texts and the romantic gravitas of a proffered “‘S’up?” That’s “#Roxy,” a flip and funny rom-com from north of the border that, when it works, reminds us that words … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “The Last Race”

Far away from the spotlight of NASCAR, IMSA, Indie Car or F1 racing, there are still people who race because they love it, work on their own cars because they have to and spend their Saturday nights at a tiny tracks, … Continue reading

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