Daily Archives: October 6, 2020

Documentary Review: “The Phenomenon” revisits UFOdom’s Greatest Hits

Last year’s release by the Department of Defense of unidentified flying object footage and the seeming admission that there’s “something” to all these decades of sightings, photographs, filmings and conspiracy-mongering about UFOs, gave birth to “The Phenomenon.” This is the … Continue reading

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Movie preview: Aubrey Plaza is a movie maker with… issues — “Black Bear”

A rare drama from Ms. Plaza, an “inner demons” story co-starring Sarah Gadon.

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Movie Review: The Immigrant Experience Redeemed through Country Music — “Yellow Rose”

“Feel good movies” are a balm for tough times, and “Yellow Rose” comes along in one of the darkest falls in living American memory. It’s an immigrant story with a country music hook, and it taps into our need to … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: For “Botero,” it’s Go Big or Go Home

Fernando Botero stood out as “a figurative artist in an abstract era.” Everybody wanted paint spatters, stylized geometric forms or soaked paper or cracked porcelain on their canvases. Here was a Colombian inspired by Renaissance masters painting people, animals and … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Vampires vs. the Bronx”

You like your horror in mashup form?  “Vampires vs. the Bronx” is “Attack the Block” meets “Do the Right Thing” in a lyrically (and amusingly) Latinized setting. An activist teen (Jaden Michael) named Miguel, but who goes by “Lil Mayor” … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Lupita, Jessica, Diane, Penelope and Bingbing are spy sisters– “The 355”

A distaff spy thriller/action get down due out Jan. 15, Oscar winners Nyong’o and Cruz, Jessica Chastain and Diane Kruger and Bingbing Fan help cover all the bases. Note that no Russian is on the team, because only traitors figure … Continue reading

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Streamable? Disney/National Geographic give us a “Right Stuff” that’s all wrong

Tom Wolfe began his book about the early days of the U.S. manned space program “The Right Stuff” with an observation and an explanation. At the time he was reporting it, you could get on a jetliner from most any … Continue reading

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