Daily Archives: July 22, 2021

Movie Preview: At long last “Dune”

No Kyle. No Sting. No Lynch. This is not your Mom’s “Dune.” The third crack at Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic may be the one that delivers its desert planet pre George Lucas, its neo Arabic/Bedouin arid life in space novelty.

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Movie Review: An Ex-Con writes his own “Five Rules of Success”

“The Five Rules of Success” is a compact, artful and blunt take on an ex-con’s life “outside,” re-entering a world tempered by violence and fraught with the perils of recidivism. Writer/director/cinematographer and co-editor Orson Oblowitz immerses us in a very-indie … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: A Morales, a Duplass, “Language Lessons”

Natalie Morales and Mark Duplass co-wrote and co-star this September comedy (Morales directed) about a Spanish teacher and her semi-goof of a student. Geuss who plays which role? Hey, I laughed.

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Movie Review: M. Night’s “Surprise!” act gets “Old”

“Old” begins as mysterious, creepy and filled with the foreboding — that sense that some “gotcha” is coming — that is M. Night Shyamalan’s brand. Immaculate camera compositions, a beautiful but forbidding isolated beach location in a digitally-augmented Dominican Republic … Continue reading

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Netflixable? The silly sci-fi excesses and faded Bruce Willis cool of “Cosmic Sin”

“Cosmic Sin” is a fine example of how much science fiction you can put on the screen these days, even after paying Frank Grillo and Bruce Willis took most of your budget. It’s not a “fine example” of anything else. … Continue reading

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