Daily Archives: November 5, 2018

Movie Review: “What They Had”

I remember like it was only this afternoon — which it was — that moment when the well-cast, realistic and sometimes moving mom’s-got-dementia drama, “What They Had,” goes straight off the rails. It comes after daughter Bridget (Hilary Swank) has … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Beautiful Boy”

It’s not the editor, but the editing strategy that undermines “Beautiful Boy.” This sensitive retelling of the true story of journalist David Sheff and his son Nic, a drug addict whose crystal meth mania became two books — one written … Continue reading

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Preview, Kids live in terror of “The Nursery Man”

“The Nursery Man” is a period piece about a house haunted by somebody glimpsed by the grownups, but whom the children have every reason to fear. So no, we’re not going to be disappointed that this isn’t garden variety horror, … Continue reading

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Preview, Italian homophobia takes it on the chin in “My Big Gay Italian Wedding”

Sure, it’s got food. Lots of it. It’s postcard pretty rural Italy, after all. Even homophobes have to eat. Seems dated, by US standards. But “coming out” in Catholic-Berlusconi Italy was always going to be dicy. “My Big Gay Italian … Continue reading

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Documentary Review — “The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst-Kept Secret” has to be about Weinstein, right?

Here’s how open “Hollywood’s Worst-Kept Secret” was. Earlier in my career working for newspapers in Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida, I’d hit several film festivals a year, including New York. I’d do junket weekends, chatting up the stars of this … Continue reading

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