Daily Archives: January 12, 2021

Movie Preview: The trailer to “Cowboys,” with Jillian Bell (?!) and Steve Zahn, opening in Feb.

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Documentary Review: Feral in the weeds — A Romanian family shows us “Acasă, My Home”

Old movie reviewing trick, comparing a movie to a mash-up of two earlier movies. It’s a shortcut, sure. But hey, I’m not too proud to lean on it. The Romanian documentary “Acasă, My Home” is “Beasts of the Southern Wild” … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Lucas Oil BS — courageous ranchers fight “animal rights” conspirators — “The Stand at Paxton County”

A North Dakota rancher accused of neglecting his livestock becomes a fictional Big Conspiracy wingnut wet dream in “The Stand at Paxton County,” a nasty little piece of prairie propaganda that no film distributor would touch but Netflix has picked … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: A Bureau Chief’s obsession, an honored leader’s flaws — “MLK/FBI”

The National Archives has most of the papers and all of the tapes recorded in the FBI’s years of surveilling Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. under lock and key, hidden from public view until 2027. So there’s nothing salacious in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Does “Cary Grant: The Making of a Hollywood Legend” give us the “real” Cary Grant?

You read enough sloppy Cary Grant biographies, you tend to give up on him as a subject and spend your Golden Age of Hollywood reading time on less controversial icons of the era. But when Oxford University Press puts an … Continue reading

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