Daily Archives: April 7, 2020

Documentary Preview: “The Dalai Lama: Scientist”

As we’re all feeling the need, to varying degrees, to stick a thumb in the eye of the Chinese Communist Party and its autocracy, this seems like a good time to release another doc about the Dalai Lama. Nothing irritates … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Now Streaming, Free, “The American Nurse”

Here’s a clever and righteous pitch from indie distributor Kino Lorber. They have the rights to the touching and acclaimed 2014 documentary, “The American Nurse.” And as nurses are now on the front lines of America’s and the world’s struggle … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A psychological drama as chilly as its setting, Iceland’s “A White, White Day”

An eerily beautiful long, foggy drive on an Icelandic spring morning opens “A White, White Day,” Iceland’s contender for this past year’s Best International (foreign language) Oscar. That drive ends with a Volvo wagon going through a guard rail — … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars in “Walkaway Joe”

An introspective tale of a loner, a kid looking for his dad, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and David Straithairn. Screenwriter Michael Milillo all but calls his work an “American classic” on IMDB. Gosh. Tempting karma, critical ridicule, etc. “In the … Continue reading

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Netflixable? The Mysterious quiet of “El Silencio es Bienvenido”

“El Silencio es bienvenido” is an inscrutable parable about the trials of a family vacation punctuated with a mystery perhaps meant to deliver a “moral to the story.” The debut feature of Gabriela García Rivas doesn’t give us much. It … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: A Little Chris Hemsworth combat action — “Extraction

April 24 on Netflix.

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Movie Preview: More Fear of Fetuses — “The Unborn”

Is abortion like a hot new horror theme?“The Perished,”which is out this week, and now “The Unborn” — “coming soon.”

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Netflixable? Give these guys a “Spenser Confidential” franchise

If this is where the Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg filmmaking team winds up, making gritty-jokey “Spenser” movies for Netflix, I’m fine with that. Tone counts for everything in action mysteries like this, and the team that made “Lone … Continue reading

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