Monthly Archives: October 2020

Documentary Review: A fight to save his pregnant addict girlfriend — “Higher Love”

We meet Darryl Gant in his car, driving through the dark, ruined streets of Camden, New Jersey. Philly guys on the radio compare the place to “Robocop’s Detroit” and “I Am Legend,” a ghost town since its Campbell’s Soup, RCA … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey brace for a “Holidate”

So, Netflix’s first “holiday” romantic comedy is all about vulgar people, alcohol and substance abuse, crude hook-ups, bodily functions, bodily fluids and generous helpings of the f-bomb? Charmlessly scripted and acted, “Holidate” is as amusing as a hand-job, and about … Continue reading

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Movie Review: How the drug mobs roll in the Dominican Republic — “Narco Soldiers”

Our narrator tells the sad story of the Dominican Republic, “battleground island” of the Caribbean, a place where starting with “the Italian, Columbus” “outsiders” have always come in and exploited and bossed around the people. Spanish conquistadors to British and … Continue reading

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Bingeworthy? Frost, Pegg & Co. seek ghosts and laughs as “Truth Seekers”

Those old mates, collaborators and comic foils Nick Frost and Simon Pegg go once more to the well that produced “Spaced,” “Shaun of the Dead,” and so forth for “Truth Seekers,” a comic thriller series about ghost hunting in the … Continue reading

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Documentary Preview: Behind the man, the music — “Zappa”

Alex Winter, the first half of “Bill & Ted,” has become an accomplished documentary filmmaker, and I’ve been looking forward this one since he first started talking it up last year. It comes our way in November.

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Movie Review: Latvian teen looks for Mom, and a way out of the “Mellow Mud”

Raja is a teen, with a jerk for a little brother and a grandmother who barely looks after them. Her father is long gone, and her mother fled some while back. But Raja (Elina Vaska) has some sense of her … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Trippy, nonsensical satire? “Greatland”

Some filmmakers lay their stories and themes out for your passive consumption, some make you “work for it,” and some…are Dana Ziyasheva. Her “Greatland” is a sort of pandemic and death of democracy satire that one suspects makes more sense … Continue reading

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Documentary Preview: “Crock of Gold — A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan”

A Dec. 1 music doc about The Pogues? Julian Temple directed? Johnny Depp “presents?” Time to stock up on the Guinness then.

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Netflixable? “Tremors: Shrieker Island”

It’s been thirty years since the earth shook in the remote desert Southwest, since giant worms hunted by sensing human footsteps, since gun nut survivalists proved to be a town’s salvation. “Tremors” inspired half a dozen sequels and even a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A streetball legend, “Blackjack: The Jackie Ryan Story”

“Blackjack: The Jackie Ryan Story” is a slow motion train wreck about a slow-motion train wreck of a basketballer. That doesn’t mean that this story of a Brooklyn playground “legend” who never got out of his own way when it … Continue reading

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