Daily Archives: November 8, 2018

Preview, Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman head to Lars von Trierland in “The House that Jack Built”

It’s a Lars von Trief horror film, but really — aren’t they all? It looks monstrous. Dillon’s most challenging film since “Factotum,” I’d say. “The House that Jack Built” is a serial killer tale starring Dillon, with Bruno Ganz is … Continue reading

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Preview, Alex Pettyfer takes the darkest “Back Roads” to Jennifer Morrison

Pettyfer makes his directing debut in this Southern Gothic noir. Juliette Lewis is mama in prison, Robert Patrick is the jaded local sheriff, Nicola Peltz is the ex-con’s sister in this adaptation of a Tawni O’Dell novel. “Back Roads” may … Continue reading

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Preview, Stop-motion studio Laika is back with “Missing Link”

The “Paranorman” and “Coraline” and “Kubo and the Two Strings” folks are having Annapurna distribute this comedy, featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry. Yes, there’s a hint of “Smallfoot” about it. … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

Glad Universal got “The Grinch” out before Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel. I’m sure they are, too. Whatever these inside-video-games/characters’ interior lives comedies hold for kids, they’re great fun for adults who get the references, the jokes and the whole digital … Continue reading

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Documentary Review — “3100: Run and Become”

Committed runners talk about getting “in the zone,” the “zen” nature of the exercise, letting your mind go places unconnected to the path your body is covering one step at a time. But can it lead to a higher consciousness? … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Can “Widows” pull off the Big Heist?

Co-writer/director Steve McQueen doesn’t reinvent the heist picture with “Widows,” his follow-up to “Twelve Years a Slave.” But he does change the focus, the point-of-view, raising the stakes while piling on characters, subtexts and twists. It’s as complicated as “The … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “Under the Wire” lets friends and colleagues tell us about war correspondent Marie Colvin, subject of Rosamund Pike’s “A Private War”

In 1999, on the war-torn, divided island of Timor north of Australia, some 1500 women and children were trapped and in danger of almost certain slaughter by invading Indonesian forces and their supporters. American Marie Colvin was the only Western … Continue reading

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