Monthly Archives: March 2021

Netflixable? Teen Italians, in love and facing tragedy — “Caught by a Wave”

Young love is tested by illness and honesty issues in “Caught by a Wave,” a scenic Italian romance set against a sailing backdrop. The leads are pretty and the locales romantic, but the scenario is generic and the pacing funereal … Continue reading

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Movie Review — “Mapplethorpe: The Director’s Cut”

Filmgoers tend to assume they’re watching “the director’s cut” of pretty much every movie we see. But despite having the job title that suggests final arbiter of “my film,” that’s often not the case. Producers and studio execs are shorten … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Bring popcorn for the rematch — “Godzilla vs Kong”

With popcorn movies like “Godzilla vs. Kong,” the main thing is getting the tone right. Outside of kaiju cultists, nobody takes this nonsense seriously. So the movie should reflect that. Comic relief characters like the conspiracy nut Bernie (Brian Tyree … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Statham and Guy Ritchie, together again for “Wrath of Man”

Kind of a bummer that they’re reunited in an American armored car guard pic. Scott Eastwood is in it But beggars can’t be choosers, right?

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Streaming Series Review: Steering a corrupt path through Russia as “An Ordinary Woman”

Leave it to Mother Russia to come up with the most complex nesting doll of a series, a darkly comic tale of suspense and interlocking stories originally produced for Russian TV. “An Ordinary Woman” reeks of cultural rot and personal … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: High-toned horror, post-suicide — “The Night House”

This Searchlight thriller has a whiff of some of the smart horror coming out of A24 these days. Rebecca Hall stars in “The Night House,” a mirror image mind-game tale from the director of “The Ritual.” It’s coming our way … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Will “Rosemary” kill the baby? “The Believer”

“Your parents. They visited.” “That’s impossible. My parents are dead…” “Then who are they?” “Nobody?” “They visited. Who are they?” “Nobody. Nobody came over.” “You know them. Who ARE they?” “Demons.” “The Believer” is a creepy pseudo-intellectual horror story, a … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Lovecraft on the cheap? “The Deep Ones”

Submitted for your persusal…an April 23 adaptation of H.P.’s “writings.”

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Book Review: A new take on the oft-filmed novelist/screenwriter Graham Greene — “The Unquiet Englishman”

In the last weeks of his life, a visitor urged the British novelist, playwright, screenwriter and poet to look back over his storied career and take pride. “A few, yes, are good books,” the author of “The End of the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Last Call,” too late for rehab

There are messy movies and shambolic comedies, and then there’s whatever the hell “Last Call” is supposed to be. It’s a “back to the old neighborhood” comedy almost guaranteed to give you a hangover. I’m on my third aspirin already, … Continue reading

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