Daily Archives: February 20, 2020

Movie Review: Can a “Rag Doll” thrive in Mixed Martial Arts?

“Rag Doll” is a boxing-my-way-out-of-a-jam drama that flirts with being interesting, in between passages of middling melodrama and wilder, illogical “Nobody’ll see THAT coming” surprises. It’s a fight picture of slo-motion bouts (for the most part, hides the skill levels … Continue reading

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Netflixable? The Poor Kids want to know what it’s like to be “Rich Kid$”

The messaging in “Rich Kid$” might be heavy-handed, preachy even. The plot twists can be melodramatic and predictable. It’s still a fine indie calling card for all involved — in front of and behind the camera. It’s “The Breakfast Club” … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Brahms: The Boy 2”

Not previewed for critics, Katie Homes is the big name in the cast. But it could be great, right?

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Movie Preview: Liev and Sarsgaard, Marisa and Maya Hawke invest in “Human Capital”

This murder mystery — Or was it an accident? — set around an IPO that could make a lot of people rich has a sparkling cast and is based on a best seller. “Human Capital” will have limited release on … Continue reading

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Movie Review: With “Onward,” Pixar takes a step backward

There’s a warm emotional payoff at the very end — the VERY end — of Pixar’s latest, “Onward.” It’s about fathers and sons, father figures and brotherly love. And it’s about 90 minutes too late to save the movie. We’ve … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Come and See” the “Great Patriotic War,” Soviet style

The newly-reissued “Come and See” is a crash course in Soviet cinema history. Here it is, from Eisenstein until the Iron Curtain parted (briefly), a 1985 summary of Soviet acting, directing, technique and the obsessions of the culture, all in … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Forest Whitaker and “Burden” sneak into a few theaters Feb. 28

The KKK opens a museum whitewashing its history in a South Carolina town, and a pastor tries to blunt its message by reaching out to a grand dragon. Garret Hedlund and the omnipresent Andrea Riseborough also star.

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