Monthly Archives: November 2019

Netflixable? “I Lost My Body” is a dark animated fantasia of an immigrant’s life in Paris

I’m not quite satisfied with that headline for this review. Remind me to return to that and have another go encapsulating “I Lost My Body,” the strangest animated offering you’ll see on Netflix this year. It’s a memory play, a … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “The Body Remembers when The World Broke Open”

I said, in my very first review of a “Netflix Original,” back when the DVD turned streaming service was getting into acquiring and distributing its own movies, that intimate indie films should be their bread and butter. They don’t cost … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Psychologist Gere probes the minds of Dinklage, Goggins and Whitford — “Three Christs”

A group therapy period piece with an all-star cast, including Julianna Margulies and Jane Alexander, “Three Christs” follows an early attempt at “understanding the delusions” of three men in a mental hospital in 1950s Michigan. Peter Dinklage, Bradley Whitford and … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving BOX OFFICE: EVERYbody is going to the movies as “Frozen 2” and “Knives Out” make bank

Opening movies with critical buzz a week or three before Thanksgiving as “Ford v Ferrari” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” are seeing big bumps to their bottom lines this five-day holiday weekend. Of course“Frozen 2” is piling up … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Scorsese’s eulogy for “The Irishman”

  Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” his epic telling of one mobster’s rise through the ranks to the moment Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, is his coda, his final statement on the mob movies he built his career on. It’s Scorese’s “Unforgiven,” a … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Holly Star” tries to put the “cute” back in Christmas comedy

Here’s what the holiday romance “Holly Star” has going for it. There’s an exotic setting — coastal Maine at Christmas. The heroine, Sloan (Katlyn Carlson), has an unusual career. She’s abunraku stick-puppet puppeteer. Speaking from experience as a journalist, I … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Ruffalo and a fine cast navigate the legal hazards of “Dark Waters”

In your typical legal thriller, John Grisham or Scott Turow steer us from explosive twist to twist, finishing with a courtroom coup de grace and some version of justice achieved. But in the real world, the law can involve tedious … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Kerry Washington wants to know where her “American Son” is

And here we thought Netflix was just “disrupting” TV and film distribution! They’re going after The Theatre, too. Or they might as well be, taking on a preachy, stagey, acting (and over-acting) showcase like “American Son.” It’s a tale told … Continue reading

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Michael Caine, Lena Headey, an “Oliver Twist” sells to a small distributor

Variety is reporting this latest telling of Dickens’ classic is going to Saban Films. It’s a modern say version, so fear of finding an audience for a period piece doesn’t figure into why a major studio didn’t grab it. https://t.co/VR4gJau9JcContinue reading

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Movie Review: James’ Addiction tears him into “A Million Little Pieces”

James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces” has been discredited as a memoir of addiction. He made too much of it up for it to be “non-fiction.” “Confessional novel?” Maybe. Got him kicked out of Oprah’s Book Club, because gosh darn … Continue reading

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