Monthly Archives: March 2020

Movie Review: “I Am Not a Witch”

All it takes is a silent stare from the child to startle the woman into tripping and dropping the water bucket balanced on her head. And all it takes is an accusation from that woman to the local magistrate to … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Twin Murders: The Silence of the White City”

“Twin Murders: The Silence of the White City” is a Spanish mash-up of “The Silence of the Lambs” and “The Da Vinci Code.” It’s a stylish, solidly-acted and terribly-promising thriller that serves up a serial killer story in the striking … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Citizens organize to “Slay the Dragon” of the Gerrymandering Conspiracy

“Slay the Dragon” is  documentary about what happens when you let “legislators pick their voters,” and not voters choosing their elected representatives, the way the Founding Fathers intended. It’s about Gerrymandering, and co-directors Chris Durrance and Barak Goodman open their … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Faith-based “Victor” remakes “The Cross and the Switchblade” — badly

You kids probably don’t remember “The Cross and the Switchblade,”a 1970 faith-based film that leaned heavily on “West Side Story” for its setting, Pat Boone and Erik Estrada as its preacher and gang-bangers, and every movie Billy Graham ever made … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A lotta blood, no luck at all in this “Clover”

I’m looking over, a bomb named “Clover,” that you all should sure ignore… Man, just when you think a bloody-minded mob comedy can’t get any worse, here’s one that lowers the bar, time and again. Jesus, Mary and Joseph Mantegna, … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: A baby with cancer? Let’s put “Waldo on Weed”

“Waldo on Weed” takes its title and its tone from its host and star. Brian Dwyer starts the film as a media-savvy Philadelphia pizza entrepreneur, a thin ginger-bearded goofball who knew how to get attention for Brain Pizza, his landmark … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Even Canada has its gun nut survivalists, prepping for “The Decline”

The trouble with buying into “dog eat dog” social Darwinism, the sort of mindset it takes to become a survivalist, is making that leap to accepting and becoming a “dog” yourself. That’s subtext of many of “Man Hunts Man” thriller, … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Curtiz” makes a hash out of filming “Casablanca”

The extras sit at a table in the shadowy foreground of Rick’s Cafe Americain. She sees him doodle in a sketchbook, an image of a man in a strange uniform with distinctly pointy ears. What’s his connection to the movie? … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: “The 49th Parallel” reminds us Nazis aren’t “very fine people”

I hadn’t seen the absurdly entertaining British WWII film “The 49th Parallel” in ages, probably not since AMC was “American Movie Classics” and showed, you know, movies. And the first thing that strikes you watching this self-described “propaganda film” today … Continue reading

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A cartoon called “The Queen’s Corgi” is headed to theaters

Variety_Film (@Variety_Film) Tweeted: Film New Roundup: Animated Movie ‘The Queen’s Corgi’ Fetches North American Distribution https://t.co/f0nCkUKi6e https://t.co/2nYT9Bl0FB https://twitter.com/Variety_Film/status/1243706128694784000?s=20

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