Daily Archives: August 2, 2020

Documentary Review: A masterpiece, “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” makes its restored return

Bert Stern only directed one documentary. But “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” is widely considered the greatest jazz performance documentary ever, a 1959 classic that was designated to be preserved as part of the Smithsonian’s National Film Registry. The film, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Gemma and Gugu get lost in “Summerland”

Seaside locations on the scenic Kentish coast, a period piece story set “during the war” and a stellar cast can’t quite make the debut feature of playwright-turned-writer/director Jessica Swale come off. She’s probably kicking herself over “Summerland” as it is, … Continue reading

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RIP Wilford Brimley, funnier than you think

Don’t see a lot of Wilford Brimley interviews Youtube archived from chat shows. But Craig Ferguson had him on, and with a little coaxing and a lot of rooting from the audience, the veteran character actor, who just passed away … Continue reading

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Movie Review: No need to repent for “The Burnt Orange Heresy”

“The Burnt Orange Heresy” is a ham-fisted thriller with a cast so “on the nose” it shows little imagination on the part of the filmmakers, who seem determined to leave the viewer unchallenged. But what it has going for it … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: The entire movie’s in the trailer for Liam Neeson’s “Honest Thief”

Betcha good money that this is the ENTIRE movie. Seriously, every twist and action beat is previewed in this Oct release. Every one of them. It could still be gritty and entertaining, and Liam always gives fair value. But hey, … Continue reading

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Netfixable? South African and “Seriously Single

“Seriously Single” is a seriously inconsequential Buppie rom-com from South Africa, a movie with a few laughs, lots of wigs and costume changes and little else. But it’s very existence makes it another movie that points to the massive footprint … Continue reading

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