Daily Archives: November 19, 2019

Netflixable? Vikander has to move to Japan to hear the “Earthquake Bird”

    There’s little forward motion or narrative drive to “Earthquake Bird,” a moody whodunit set in 1989 Tokyo. But Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and director Wash Westmoreland (“Still Alice,” “Collette”) almost render that deficiency moot. It’s a chilling exercise … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A dying granny, family grudges, a “triggered” student, a lot goes on “After Class”

The holiday season seems like the perfect time for “The Messiest Dramedy of the Year” to show its face. That’s what “After Class” is, a movie that grabs at a lot of themes, subtexts and characters and doesn’t really wrestle … Continue reading

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Franchise fatigue has set in this year. ‘Charlie’s Angels’ is proof

That’s what is missing from the Variety analysis linked below. The notion that the audience is not merely tiring of “tired” franchises, but that something broader might be in play. A year filled with “unoriginals” which have flopped —“Shaft,” “Terminator: … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Frozen 2”

Disney has been pitching this sequel as more an action adventure cartoon than a musical. But of course there’s music in”Elsa: The Next Mission.” Let’s hope it’s a dazzler. Hasn’t been the most epic fall for animation on the big … Continue reading

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