Daily Archives: July 22, 2020

Movie Review: Is family planning easier, or funnier when “Babysplitters” are involved?

“Babysplitters” is the very definition of a “split decision” comedy. On the one hand, it has funny lines, situations and the odd funny touch in the performances. On the other, those are spread out over two hours. Only Judd Apatow … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: A combat vet comes home to more unnatural horror in “The Unfamiliar”

Jemima West stars as a British combat surgeon returning from duty to fresh nightmares, nightmares that have nothing to do with PTSD. This opens Aug. 21, and props to any actress, no matter how fetching, for hanging on to “Jemima” … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “Red Penguins” show how The Russian (capitalism) experiment failed

  If you see one documentary about Russian hockey and the NHL’s historical connection to it — and there have been a few — make it “Red Penguins.” Director Gabe Polsky’s second crack at this subject (2014’s “Red Army” was … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The horrific odyssey that is “The Painted Bird”

Translated from the printed page onto a black and white movie screen, removed from the heady “Eastern European novelist chic” of the Nabokov ’60s, and the kinky literary “freedom” of the age, Jerzy Kosinski’s “The Painted Bird” can be appreciated … Continue reading

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