Daily Archives: September 22, 2020

Classic Film Review: Cast and rehearse a show, get it ready to premiere on “42nd Street” (1933)

Long before it was a Broadway hit (in the ’80s), “42nd Street” was a musical adapted (from a novel) for the screen. And this 1933 film may be the oldest Hollywood musical to, as we say, “still hold up.” The … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Pets face off with robots in “Pets United”

Netflix’s batting average with animation takes a blow with “Pets United,” a competently-animated “Euro-Sino” production, a “Robots” and “Pets” mashup with no delights and zero laughs to its credit. Roger, a stray dog (voiced by Patrick Roche) spends his days … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Lena Olin faces the trials of “The Artist’s Wife”

Lena Olin earns a fine showcase as the partner, organizer, caregiver and maybe muse of a famous artist in “The Artist’s Wife.” This domestic melodrama from producer (“Call Me by Your Name”) and sometime director (“Last Weekend”) Tom Dolby touches … Continue reading

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Streamable? Alex Gibney grapples with Russian election interference on behalf of Trump in “Agents of Chaos”

If filmmaker Alex Gibney was an oncologist, he’d be the one you could rely on if you asked, “Give it to me straight, doc. Is it the Big Casino?” He makes films that have a dogged devotion to the unvarnished … Continue reading

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