Monthly Archives: March 2020

Netflixable? In Barcelona, watch out for “The Occupant” who had your swank apartment before you

Two things we’ve been conditioned to expect from the “slow-burn thriller” is that it A) IGNITE at some point, and B) have a certain logic to it. The Spanish drama “The Occupant” doesn’t want to play by those rules. It … Continue reading

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Movie preview:”Coffee & Kareem,” a cop-kid buddy comedy with Ed Helms & Taraji P Henson

No, Taraji doesn’t play the kid. She’s the foul mouthed child’s brassy mama. April 3 on Netflix.

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Movie Review: Time traveling cruise ship assassins discover we’re all on the “Same Boat”

“Same Boat” is a little no-budget sci-fi comedy that walks that uneasy line between “deadpan” and “half-assed.” It reaches for droll and dabbles in humanity. But the laughs are few and far between in this travelogue/cruise ship misadventure that seems … Continue reading

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Netflixable? A mother looks for answers about Long Island’s “Lost Girls”

“Lost Girls” is a moody, atmospheric but oddly unemotional mystery about exactly what the title implies — “lost girls.” It’s a “true crime” missing persons police procedural seen almost wholly from the point of view of missing young woman’s mother, … Continue reading

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Best thing on Twitter? Actors reading Shakespeare’s sonnets — and not just Patrick Stewart

I like John Carroll Lynch’s cinematic (cell phone) takes on the sonnets. Sonnet 60 #readasonnet pic.twitter.com/JHmVY0FSPr — John Carroll Lynch (@MrJCLynch) March 20, 2020

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Documentary Review: The world changed at “Crip Camp,” and Netflix has the movie that proves it

It was the summer of Woodstock, and just up the Catskills from the revolutionary Bethel (Saugerties) festival of art and music, Jim LeBrecht was encountering people just like himself, in large numbers, for the first time. He was born with … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Girls bond over the boy they shared like a “Banana Split”

    “April Love” roars out of the gate in “Banana Split,” a romance that begins, progresses sexually and socially through two years of high school and comes to a crashing halt — all of that encapsulated in the opening … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Mickey Rourke sends a lone Centurion for help in “The Legion”

There have been a lot of movies set in this “Fall of Rome/Beginning of the Dark Ages” era in recent years. They’re often about some lonely military outpost, some “lost legion” that is slow to get the word that order … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Eisenberg takes on an iconic role in “Resistance”

The eternally boyish Jesse Eisenberg can almost get away with playing a 16 year-old Jewish Boy Scout helping to rescue orphans during World War II in “Resistance.” Sure, 35 is a tad long in the tooth (he’s 37 now) to … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Pete Davidson celebrates never-ending “Big Time Adolescence”

Hulu takes a stab at stealing some of Netflix’s thunder in the teen “coming of age” genre with “Big Time Adolescence.” It’s a raunchy, drug-and-profanity fueled “Superbad” meets “Meatballs” of a kid who clings to his older sister’s ex-boyfriend long … Continue reading

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