Daily Archives: November 28, 2020

Netflixable? Frights come via phone in the Korean thriller “The Call”

Korean filmmaker Chung-hyun Lee makes a splashy K-horror debut with “Call,” which Netflix has unhelpfully retitled “The Call” for North American purposes. Lee takes a simple supernatural premise and runs it to death and then some in this sinister tale … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “The Beast (La Belva)” is the Italian “Taken”

He looks to be 50ish, balding, tattooed and showing his miles. Troubled. And when his doctor asks what would help, his request is direct and simple. “Up my dosage,” he says, in Italian, with English subtitles. Captain Riva has his … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Midnight at the Magnolia” is Hallmark Channel bland

“Midnight at the Magnolia” is a holiday romance as tasty as bargain-shelf whitebread and edgy as a butterknife. It’s Example One in that age-honored adage that America is filled to the brim with competent actresses and actors, but “star power” … Continue reading

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