Monthly Archives: February 2021

Let’s take what we learned from that HBO doc “Black Artists: In the Absence of Light”

One name and artist stood out while watching the new HBO Black History Month doc, “Black Artists: In the Absence of Light.” Jacob Lawrence, who died in 2000, worked in abstract realism and created this vivid, almost animated impressions of … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Chaos Walking” — YA sci fi with Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, Nick Jonas and Mads

Lot of money on the screen in this trailer.

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Movie Review: Norway’s Oscar contender tracks a marriage clinging to “Hope” after a cancer diagnosis

Anja looks pained, stricken. And Tomas picks up on that as they take their coats off at a Christmas party. “If it gets tough, we’ll stick together,” he offers. It’s already gotten “tough.” And he isn’t just talking about this … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Crazy About Her (Loco por ella)”

There’s a Hippocratic Oath that anybody tackling the romantic comedy about the mentally ill genre. You can be moon-eyed, optimistic, maybe a tad unrealistic. But “first, do no harm.” What, you didn’t realize this was a thing, a whole genre … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Following a “Stray” as she wanders the streets of Istanbul

Whatever else you can say about the charming and intimate documentary that follows a “Stray” dog through the streets of Istanbul, it’s a rare piece of positive PR for a Middle Eastern country that never makes the news for something … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Henry Golding shines through “Monsoon”

Henry Golding gives his most laid-back, natural screen performance in “Monsoon,” a melancholy Vietnamese travelogue and romance. The “Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Gentleman” star plays Kit, a Vietnamese expat raised in Britain who has returned to the homeland he … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Capt. Kirk and Doc Brown have their “Senior Moment”

This March 26 comedy stars William Shatner as a leadfooted senior citizen who loses his license and may find love…if he can keep Jean Smart from taking up with “the artist” (Esai Morales). Shatner’s sidekick? Christopher Lloyd.

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Documentary Review: A Great Writer writes and remembers — “The War and Peace of Tim O’Brien”

One of America’s greatest writers, Tim O’Brien was well over a decade past his last published book when filmmaker Aaron Matthews started following him around, filming a documentary. O’Brien was into his ’70s, and stopped writing basically when his sons … Continue reading

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Netflixable? An Indian remake of “The Girl on the Train,” set in the UK

This production makes an almost instant hash of “The Girl on the Train,” a novel turned into a Hollywood thriller starring Emily Blunt a few years back. Heavy-handed, with hammy acting, silly and soap operatic, struggling to keep the plot … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Tom & Jerry” terrorize NYC

It’s a Tom & Jerry cartoon, so we’re not splitting the atom here. Besides, I’m pretty sure Jerry split that sucker over Tom’s noggin back in the ’50s, when they were at MGM. The “Tom & Jerry” movie is, first … Continue reading

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