Monthly Archives: November 2020

Netflixable? Bruce Willis in his C-movie twilight, “Hard Kill”

We always knew how Bruce Willis would spend his celebrity dotage — Shakespeare in the Park, maybe a spirited farewell tour as “Bruno” with his band. OK, maybe we didn’t. But seeing him in — BARELY in — C-movies like … Continue reading

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Netflixable? A SWAT team goes rogue in the ruins of their Iraqi city, “Mosul”

For my money, the best action picture on Netflix right now is a grim combat thriller set in the bombed-out ruins of the Iraqi city, “Mosul.” It’s an intimate “Blackhawk Down” meets “Saving Private Ryan” tale of a mission and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Deadhead Miles,” an abandoned Alan Arkin film scripted by Terrence Malick

A friend pointed me to an Internet appreciation of this “lost” 1972 Terrence Malick-scripted road comedy, a movie partially-filmed in a city where I used to live — Knoxville, Tennessee. “Deadhead Miles” is a loosely-organized, largely-improvised long-haul trucking tale that … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Aubrey Plaza finds inspiration in “Black Bear”

“Everything is copy,” the late novelist, screenwriter and filmmaker Nora Ephron preached. Anything that happens to you or someone you know, everything that you overhear — fair game for a creative person. Especially one who’s “blocked.” That might describe Allison, … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Streep and Corden try to “fix” Indiana at “The Prom”

Netflix has this cute, woke activist Ryan Murphy musical comedy.

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Netflixable? “The App that Stole Christmas”

Sometimes, you have to wonder if anybody in Netflix acquisitions even bothers to look over a lot of the junk they buy. Sometimes, you realize that content providers know this and slide quick-and-junky projects in under the door that way. … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Operation Christmas Drop”

He’s pretty, she’s prettier, a gorgeous under-filmed Pacific isle location, a true story about a tradition of service members doing humanitarian work — “Operation Christmas Drop” has all the ingredients of a lightweight Christmas romance of the “fun for the … Continue reading

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Netflixable? German couple can’t conceive, can’t conceive a life without “Just What We Wanted”

“Just What We Wanted” is a compact and quietly compelling German drama about a couple teetering towards a break-up because of their desperate desire to have a child. Ulrike Kofler’s film, based on a Peter Stamm short story, wrestles with … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Dolly Parton’s ‘Christmas on the Square'”

County music icon and national treasure Dolly Parton’s having a moment, thanks to being a paragon of tolerance and exemplar of COVID vaccine philanthropy. So there’s no being churlish about her new holiday Netflix musical, “Christmas on the Square.” None. … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “The Christmas Chronicles Part 2” is two hours of the holidays your kids will never get back

What insipid, digitally-augmented elvish drivel is this? Rhetorical question, like asking “Who let the Dogs Out?” Because unimaginative kids’ comedy would be complete without A) a belch or two, B) fart jokes and C) a “zany” montage set to that … Continue reading

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