Monthly Archives: January 2020

OSCARS: The front runners polish that “Perfect Acceptance Speech”

I haven’t heard a “perfect” speech from Zellweger this time around. But I really only have her faintly sarcastic Golden Globes “thank you” to go by. But Dern, Pitt and Phoenix have been saying the sorts of modest, touching and … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Dickens discovers Diversity — “The Personal History of David Copperfield”

Nothing like a little color blind casting (Dev Patel in the title role, etc) and the director of the dark comedies “In the Loop” and “Death of Stalin” for breathing life into a musty old Charlie Dickens morality tale. Hugh … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Fast and Furious 9”

The sentiment steps to the fore for this latest “Fast & You Know What” trailer. All Diesel, All Rodriguez? Well, and Oscar winners Theron and Mirren. May 22

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Next screening? “Gretel & Hansel”

I don’t know if Orion Pictures previewed this fright fest for critics on some locales. I just know I’m catching it opening night and hoping for the best, like everybody else. Curious to see Alice Krige as another ghost, another … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Old friends remain “Close Enemies (Freres Ennemis)” in this Matthias Schoenaerts thriller

We charter members of the “I’d watch Matthias Schoenaerts in ANYthing” Club (Hellooo ladies.) will have see our loyalty tested, just a tad, with “Close Enemies.” This French thriller (“Freres Ennemis”) may have a great, grey look, gritty milieu and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Cane River,” a landmark in African American indie cinema, newly restored

Horace B. Jenkins made his romantic melodrama “Cane River” a couple of years before Spike Lee made his breakthrough first film. It arrived a decade before Julie Dash’s seminal indie drama of people and a place, “Daughters of the Dust.” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Lively keeps a murderous beat in “The Rhythm Section”

Director Reed Morano keeps her camera tight on star Blake Lively throughout “The Rhythm Section.” The “Handmaid’s Tale” veteran knows where her meal ticket is, knows that Lively is worth halting filming to have a baby or heal up from … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Imogen Poots and Jessie Eisenberg are trapped –literally — in the suburban maze of “Vivarium”

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Movie Preview: Scottish Catholic schoolgirls get into mischief at “Our Ladies”

A period piece, from the ’90s, music by Bowie and the forgotten sounds of the day.

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Movie Review: Comrades fight to honor the ultimate sacrifice in “The Last Full Measure”

Sentiment and cynicism wrestle each other into submission in the Medal of Honor story, “The Last Full Measure.” In writer-director Todd Robinson’s “too much is never enough” hands, sentiment wins the day. And then it does a victory lap and … Continue reading

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