Monthly Archives: April 2020

Movie Review: Family from the Caucasus tries to maintain “Closeness” after a kidnapping

“Closeness” is a drama set in the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic of the Russian North Caucasus. It is depicted as a place of limited options, an uneasy “tribal” ethnic mix of populations and a grim, grey beauty that mirrors the hard people … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Diamonds and cash, a will and a marriage tested by “Dangerous Lies”

  “Dangerous Lies” isn’t the dumbest whodunit to come along. There’s enough here to make you guess, second guess and maybe third-guess who is doing what to whom. Maybe the situations seem a little prime-time soapy and the acting a … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: How is “The Age of Innocence” aging?

nd Revisiting “The Age of Innocence” for the first time in many years doesn’t erase first impressions of the film. But it does make you marvel at the many times Martin Scorsese chose to tackle ambitious projects far removed from … Continue reading

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Bingeworthy? “Never Have I Ever” figured Mindy Kaling had a high school sitcom in her

You’d expect Mindy Kaling’s take on a teens-on-the-make sitcom to be edgy — kids and teachers lobbing profanity back and forth across the net, an Indian-American teen daring to call her mother a “bitch” in mid-tantrum, a 15 year-old brazenly … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Remembering The Last Poets, Black writers not “Scared of Revolution”

    “Scared of Revolution” takes us back to the pre-history of hip-hop, to The Last Poets, young African American slam poets (before that was a thing) who got up on stage, accompanied by a conga player or an ensemble, … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “It’s for Your Own Good (Es por tu Bien)” asks the Spanish question, Does Father know best?

There are two ways and two ways only that the rom-com “It’s for Your Own Good (Es por tu Bien)” can turn out, given the set-up. It’s about three brothers-in-law, concerned at what they see are poor choices their three … Continue reading

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Rent “The Lunchbox: and remember Irrfan Khan, 1967-2020

Do yourself a favor, if you’re stuck at home and craving something to watch. Netflix of Amazon Prime “The Lunchbox,” the best Western showcase for the soulful Indian actor Irrfan Khan. He died this week. He was just 53. His … Continue reading

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AMC not playing Universal movies?

Universal may have shown a little too much glee in bragging about how well they did by streaming the middling “Trolls World Tour” thanks to cinemas being closed thanks to COVID19. AMC Theatres has threatened that it will no longer … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Zombies on the Rez, “Blood Quantum”

Scream it into the void, even though no one will hear. Email the board rooms, the film school deans, even though none will reply. “ENOUGH with the zombie movies!” Even if you set your zombie apocalypse on an Indian reservation … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Survivalism’s last stand hinges on “The Reliant”

“The Reliant” probably played better in 2019, when it came out (VOD) than it does today on Netflix. Why? It’s a trigger-happy faith-based survivalist thriller. A couple of weekends of pot-bellied, camo-wearing AK-47 brandishing rubes with “I need a haircut” … Continue reading

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