Daily Archives: December 11, 2020

Netflixable? In the ’60s, if you wanted to be TRULY free you’d start your own country — “Rose Island”

“Rose Island” is a lightly amusing if somewhat labored Italian account of one of the oddest offshoots of 1960s explorations of the limits of “freedom.” “Micronations” they’re called, and a few bold experiments of this sort — creating your own … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: All the guys who miss video stores lament “The Last Blockbuster”

“The Last Blockbuster” is a nostalgic documentary about how we used to find movies to watch in the Olden Days. We’d make our way down to the corner video store, browse the aisles and perhaps stumble across a buried treasure … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Hanks anchors a Western parable, “News of the World”

“News of the World” is a stately, almost old-fashioned Western saga about a widowed Civil War veteran trying to do right by one orphaned girl in 1870 Texas. There are hints of “The Searchers” in this quest to take a … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Hunter Hunter” heading our way next week — BEWARE

Why? Because it’s an IFC Midnight release. And they don’t let anything out on that nameplate that doesn’t have something on the “creepy” to “scared the bejeezus outta me” scale.

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Netflixable? A bubbly, backhanded Broadway bitchslap at “The Prom”

Let the healing begin! A divisive election, culture wars that separated a country into midwestern and southern cultists flirting with fascism, and everybody else led by “Broadway liberals,” and here’s a show aimed at putting a little tickle in the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Mads and Mates consider the pleasures and consequences of “Another Round”

They don’t need an “experiment” to confirm what anybody of drinking age learns all too quickly, that there’s “tipsy” and fun, “cute” drunk, “sloppy” (sentimental) drunk and “mean” drunk. They can see it in their students, teenagers who cut loose … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Bob Odenkirk takes a kicking and keeps on ticking as another “Nobody”

The novelty here, aside from the Louis Prima tune on the trailer, is that Bob punched back this time. Feb 26.

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Movie Preview: “The Right One” is a romantic contender for Valentine’s Day — Nick Thune, Cleopatra Coleman

This has possibilities. A mercurial dude, a rising star in publishing.Feb. 5

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