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Monthly Archives: July 2021
As MMA has supplanted “the sweet science” of boxing in the sporting world, so the MMA melodramatic thriller has replaced “the fight picture” as a genre staple. Everything we see in the Polish made-for-Netflix thriller “Bartkowiak” we’ve seen in half … Continue reading
Pablo Schreiber makes the most of a rare leading man turn as a biker and ex-con who dives into an instant family with “Lorelei.” Schrieber (“Orange is the New Black,” “Den of Thieves,” “13 Hours”) is playing yet another tough … Continue reading
Another OK but pandemic depressed weekend at the box office is shaping up as Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” dominates, “”Old” falls off 60% and “Black Widow” lingers at around $6. The $32-33 million that Dwayne Johnson’s latest is pulling is is … Continue reading
Movie Preview: Driver and Hayek, Irons and Gaga, Pacino and Leto star in Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci”
If you were raised and educated in English, chances are you have at least a passing acquaintance with the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. This chivalric romance comes up in any class that goes back to “Beowulf,” … Continue reading
So anyway, I have this Roger Appleseed thing I do on the endless Nomadland road trip that is my life. I donate DVDs I review to whatever public library I pass on my travels. Plant City Fla. to Danville VA, … Continue reading
Matt Damon makes a most convincing Oklahoman in a china shop in “Stillwater,” co-writer/director Tom McCarthy’s wholly fictional tale of an American coed locked up by a European justice system and the father who tries to help. The story resembles … Continue reading
Focus Features didn’t make this available to me pre release, the fraidy cats. So I’m catching it on the fly in an artsy cinema in the artsiest city I ever lived in, Winston Salem NC. It’s been a long time … Continue reading
This, my friends, is the way to walk off into the action hero sunset. Jean-Claude Van Damme, kicking ass and doing splits, donning disguises and having a few laughs at his own expense. Pontificating like a pugilist/prophet, a sage for … Continue reading