Monthly Archives: March 2020

Netflixable? A Memphis BBQ heir gets into wine in “Uncorked”

“Uncorked” pops, straight out of the bottle. A culture-clash comedy that throws African American Memphis BBQ culture into the snooty world of fine wines and the ordained high priests of that world — sommeliers — it has laughs and just … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: “The Maggie” is Ealing and Mackendrick at their finest

While most film buffs have seen the post-war comedy classic “Whisky Galore!”, a later comedy by Ealing Studios’ acknowledged Master of Twee and Laird of Laughter, Alexander Mackendrick, might have slipped by you. “The Maggie,” cleverly re-titled “High and Dry” … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Omar Epps is captain on a space station where things go wrong, “3022”

If the production design of the modest-budget space thriller “3022” is particularly impressive — an underlit space station of worn gear, lived-in living spaces and a touch of grime — that’s no accident. David Dean Ebert, art director on TV’s … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Best title for a monster-horror movie? “The Wretched”

May 1… “Mom’s…weird.” “Mom’s always been weird.”

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Documentary Review: “Celebration” provides an intimate look at Yves St. Laurent, and his stage manager

    It’s easy to see why “Celebration,” an intimate working portrait of fashion designer Yves St. Laurent filmed over the last years of his life, was suppressed upon its completion in 2007. It jumps out from the behind-the-scenes sketching, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Imogen and Eisenberg, trapped in “Vivarium”

Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg play a young couple trapped in a rabbit maze housing development, forced to raise a child dropped on their cookie-cutter house’s doorstep, in “Vivarium,” a quirky science experiment in drama form. Like many a genre … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Its easier to get into Italian soccer-hooligan “Ultras” than it is to get out

“Ultras” is a bloody-minded Italian melodrama that asks the eternal question, “Can this soccer hooligan be saved?” For North American viewers, it answers a more important outsider-looking-in query. “What’s all this got to do with futbol (calcio, in Italian), anyway?” … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Bitter War widow warms, just a little, when she has to care for “Justine”

The big moment of pathos in “Justine” comes courtesy one of the best character actors in the business — Glynn Turman. He’s a supporting player, as he often is, the father of a Marine killed in the Middle East. His … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Daddario and Johnny Knoxville — “We Summon the Darkness”

The trouble with “big twist” thrillers is that you’ve got to have a lot more than twist going for you. Otherwise, the rest of the movie just feels perfunctory. “We Summon the Darkness” is a Satanic murder cult tale that … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: Taking another sip of “Whisky Galore!”

Nowadays, there’d be a credit at the beginning of the Ealing Studios classic, “Whisky Galore!” “Inspired by a true story.” But nobody’s needed that rider on this most Scottish of comedies. The people who know that true whisky is spelled … Continue reading

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