Daily Archives: November 15, 2018

Documentary Review: “American Street Kid”

“American Street Kid” is a bracing, revealing and almost co-dependent film about homeless teens living on the streets in what has to be the Homeless Teen Capital of North America — Los Angeles. Filmmaker Michael Leoni got to know his … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Shoplifters” pass it down, generation to generation in this Japanese drama

“Shoplifters” is an award-winning Japanese drama about a little seen corner of that country’s culture — the working poor. And by “working,” I mean day labor in construction, sex club performer or ironer at a dry cleaners. But as the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Disney repeats itself

You’ve seen the best moment from “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the sequel to Disney’s charming, “Wreck it Ralph,” an homage to vintage video games in a post-arcade world. It’s the scene with all the anachronistic but ready-to-be-empowered Disney princesses and … Continue reading

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Preview, Julianne Moore takes to the dance floor in search of love in “Gloria Bell”

Now that we’ve scratched Julianne Moore off that short list of “Best Actresses never to win an Oscar” (Glenn Close, Margo — are you next?) she can get back to the business of making terrific indie dramedies in between the … Continue reading

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Steve McQueen collects “Widows” raves, cries “Racism,” and steps in it

We will know later tonight if “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen has a new hit on his hands with the heist thriller “Widows.” But we do know he’s rolling in rapturous notices for a decent — not great … Continue reading

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Movie Review — “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the most wearying Wizarding World of all

Murky to the point of sleep-inducing, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is a lot like watching an entire Wizarding World movie through Newt Scamander’s tumbling red forelock. A parade of back stories involving familiar surnames (Lestrange, Dumbledore), endless exposition … Continue reading

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