Monthly Archives: January 2021

RIP Cloris Leachman, Oscar Winner and all-around hoot: 1926-2021

Oscar winner, eight time Emmy queen, oh and Miss Chicago, 1946 — Cloris Leachman has passed from life into legend. She was 94, and worked and worked and worked (she was in “The Croods” cartoons) until the very end. What … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A “Downton” alumna and Knightley’s sis scatter ashes across the UK — “Burn Burn Burn”

There’s something ever so disconcerting about the sight of Laura Carmichael, prim blonde Lady Edith of “Downton Abbey,” swearing, knocking back a few and having a quick shag in a night club’s restroom in “Burn Burn Burn.” But, you know, … Continue reading

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Kristen Stewart nails the Princess Diana look, at least, for “Spencer”

⚡️ “First look at Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in ‘Spencer’” by @ETCanada https://twitter.com/i/events/1354449566855286784

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Movie Review: Workman finds he’s not the only one punching a clock at a haunted house — “A Ghost Waits”

Suppose you’re a ghost, happily haunting this house, chasing away every potential tenant with a steadily escalating series of “unexplainable” events — empty rocking chair that starts rocking, a metronome that clicks on by itself, doorbell ringing on its own, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Redemption Story Star Vehicle for Justin Timberlake — “Palmer”

In “Palmer,” Justin Timberlake plays an ex-con, a hard man who comes back to his hometown and the grandma who raised him, looking for a second chance. But that second chance doesn’t really present itself until his granny (June Squibb) … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Silk Road” is coming our way Feb. 19

Jason Clarke, Alexandra Shipp and Nick Robinson star in this Lionsgate thriller about “the rise and fall of Silk Road, the infamous darknet site that sent a seismic shock through the World Wide Web.” Internet cops and robbers

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Movie Review: Denzel, Malek and Leto get “The Little Things” right

It’s the famous walk, a steady, cat-like lope that hasn’t changed with the decades, the way he turns on a half-menacing/wholly insincere smile when he needs it. It’s the way he lowers his head and raises his eyes in glowering … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Wrong Turn” leads to terror and torture porn on the Appalachian Trail

As far as “fears” go, I typically prefer mysterious and unknown peril to frights shoved in my face, explained, back-storied and underlined. But that’s not how the “Wrong Turn” movies work. For twenty years these films have gotten good looking … Continue reading

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Netflix dominates “Independent” Spirit Awards nominations? Say what now?

Not sure how Netflix productions qualify as “Independent,” but somehow, they’ve garnered 16 nominations (Universal offshoot Focus had 10), and “real” indie A24 got a bunch. A wide range of films, streaming series and TV shows gained nominations, with films … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: Frankenheimer’s black and white “The Train,” a “Monuments Men” that works

What is it about black and white celluloid that makes its modern digital equivalent feel so flat and washed out? Is it the texture, the nearly-invisible but implicit “grain” and sharpness? The contrast between light and shadow, the many shadings … Continue reading

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