Monthly Archives: September 2020

Saturday Pandemic Matinee

In a half-dead mall, with a long-on-life-support Regal Cineplex let’s catch “Late Shift” in the town where star Richard Jenkins’ sister lives, scenic Oviedo, Florida. I’ve profiled RJ a few times, never fails to mention his sis, though her name … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Finding meaning, shedding the self, “Chasing the Present”

There are fatal flaws with any movie about a journey of “self-discovery,” be it “Eat Pray Love” or “Razor’s Edge” or documentaries on “losing the ego” in a traveling spiritual quest (“The Last Shaman,” “The Look of Silence”). It’s the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Low-lifes scheme to collect “Two Hundred Thousand Dirty”

“Two Hundred Thousand Dirty” is one of those low-rent Tarantino knock-offs that we used to see in film festivals all over North America. A ready acknowledgement that the filmmaker’s seen “Reservoir Dogs,” an incompetent nod to “Pulp Fiction,” with maybe … Continue reading

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“The Trial of the Chicago 7” coming next month on Netflix

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Movie Preview: Dystopian “sickness” haunts “2067”

Time traveling to find a cure? Australian thriller coming soon, with Kodi Smit-McPhee.

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Movie Review: Vengeance is mine, sayeth the stalker-shrink in “Guilt”

“Guilt” is an Australian vengeance fantasy about a former child trauma psychologist turned pedophile-killing vigilante. In the parlance of the happy natives of Oz, it’s bloody awful. It’s a violent thriller that suspends suspense in favor of endless scenes of … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Kiwi stoner talks to the “Dead”

As dark comedies about communicating with ghosts go, “Dead” falls closer to “The Frighteners” than “Ghost Town.” It’s funny enough in a stoner comedy way, but as its got a serial killer in it, well, you see my point. Written … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Wish Upon a Unicorn” if you believe, kids!

Cutesy, corny and little-kid friendly, “Wish Upon a Unicorn” manages just enough goofy laughs to avoid “insipid,” no matter how hard everybody involved tries. It’s a bit like that holiday evergreen “Prancer,” without the sophistication and sentiment of that reindeer-loses-his-sleigh … Continue reading

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Movie Review “El Calor despues de la Lluvia (The Heat after the Rain)”

It’s often said that if you examine an individual life closely enough, you’ll find the makings of universal tragedy, comedy and mystery. Directed and co-writer Cristóbal Serrá Jorquera gives that thesis a serious test in the Costa Rican drama “El … Continue reading

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AMC Entertainment Tries to Raise cash to Hang on

AMC Cinemas, America’s second largest theater chain, has filed to sell more stock shares to raise money in the face of the Covid Collapse of movie going. The stock price is running further as a result Deceitful red state governors … Continue reading

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