Monthly Archives: October 2018

Preview, Do you remember the stunning Norwegian thriller Liam Neeson remade as “Cold Pursuit?”

Well I do. But then, I’m a huge Stellan Skarsgård fan. Back in 2014, “In Order of Disappearance” made my “Ten Best List,” a brutal story of a snowplow operator whose airport baggage claim son has been murdered. Mixed up … Continue reading

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Preview, Natalie Portman is a Cardi B. finding success a little late in “Vox Lux”

She’s playing a pop queen, with sexuality and outrageousness part of her brand. But she’s got a teen daughter. Not the stage in life when you conquer the charts these days. Younger younger — Lordes/Ariana young. That’s the law. “Vox … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A chaplain’s family struggles to keep the faith in “Indivisible”

“Indivisible” is an earnest, heartfelt and often touching story (based on real people and events) about an Army chaplain on duty in Iraq and his wife at home struggling to maintain sanity and family after a rough tour in Iraq. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “London Fields”

The lurid absurdity and arch characters of novelist/satirist  Martin Amis drip off the screen in “London Fields,” an adaptation of his work that will be remembered — if at all — for being the final on-screen collaboration between Amber Heard and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Green Book” is cinematic comfort food for the holidays

“Green Book” is a tonic for our toxic times,  a “Driving Miss Daisy” road dramedy through America’s increasingly retrograde racial history. It never shies away from an easy laugh and may have all the makings of holiday cinema season comfort … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Walking New Yorker discovers “The World Before Your Feet”

Matt Green is a natural politician. Affable, a real “people” person, he can strike up a conversation with it seems like anyone he meets. He meets a lot of people in New York City, not known for friendliness. Eight and … Continue reading

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Let’s do our “Green Book” homework

Watching the new Mahershala Ali/Viggo Mortensen film that takes it as its title, I was wracking my brain, trying to remember the first time I heard of the publication known as “The Green Book.” I know my hearing about it … Continue reading

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Preview, “Glass” makes a trilogy out of what might have been stand-alone thrillers

So you’ve got Samuel L. returning as the title character, and Bruce Willis from “Unbreakable,” James McAvoy from “Split,” and Sarah Paulson and Anya-Taylor Joy and a “facility” to tie this one through-line in M. Night Shyamalan’s interesting but wildly … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Green Book” with Mahershala Ali and Viggo!

Well, the folks at Lionsgate/Summit waited until tonight to “preview” their movie, which opens in less than 24 hours. Many others have already reviewed the thing, so I will get to it later. Instead, tonight presents one with a choice, … Continue reading

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Preview, So Oscar winner Sandra Bullock is also cashing Netflix checks — “Bird Box”

Something is coming for your  kids. “The creature!” “PLEASE DON’T TAKE MY CHILDREN!” Great Dane Susanne Bier directed this “Quiet Ones” with blindfolds instead of muzzled mouths muffled sounds. John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson and Tom Hollander also star in this … Continue reading

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