Monthly Archives: July 2021

Movie Review: A pre-med student is called back to his Ghana village — “Nakom”

The tug of the old life struggles with the promise of the new in “Nakom,” a neorealist Ghanian drama made by a couple of American filmmakers. The debut feature of co-directors Kelly Daniela Norris and T.W. Pittman may tell a … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: Peckinpah’s first feature, “The Deadly Companions” (1961)

In the late 1950s, the golden age of the TV Western, Sam Peckinpah was a TV writer and sometime director whose scriptsstood out thanks to their hard, unconventional and unsentimental edge. In 1960-61, the future director of “Ride the High … Continue reading

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Next Screening? Korean diplomats scramble to “Escape from Mogadishu”

This August 6 release is a thriller set in “Black Hawk Down” 1991 Somalia. Looks gripping.

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Movie Review: “John and the Hole” never digs its way out

“John and the Hole,” the painterly, understated and under-plotted directing debut of visual artist turned filmmaker Pascual Sisto, leaves the diagnosis of its title character up to the viewer. And right from the start, he’s a puzzle. John (Charlie Shotwell) … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “Searching for Mr. Rugoff,” remembering an art film icon

In the days before streaming — before home video even — film-lovers flocked to New York to get their art, indie and international cinema fix. We made our pilgrimage to the Beekman, the Paris, the Waverly, Sutton, Lincoln Plaza, Cinema … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Bill Nighy becomes an Outback Grandpa for “Buckley’s Chance”

A New York kid mourns his lost dad and comes of age under Grandpa’s tutelage, and in reaction to Grandpa’s frontier ways. And there’s a cute dingo.

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Movie Review: To collect Sarandon’s inheritance, Jake Johnson must “Ride the Eagle”

Funnyman Jake Johnson is the son “tested” by his now-dead mother in the bittersweet “better to grow up late than never” comedy “Ride the Eagle.” It’s a not-quite-aimless film peopled with “types” and built on movie tropes — the sorts … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Shea Whigham, Olivia Munn and Frank Grillo star in the crime drama “The Gateway”

Good cast, gritty milieu for this Sept. 3 release.

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Movie Preview: Will Smith is “King Richard,” tyrant, coach, father of tennis champions Venus and Serena

A November “awards season” release, this has some currency and a lot of heft to it. Smith looks good.

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Movie Review: Facing the prospect of parenthood as “Fully Realized Humans”

We few. We lucky, lucky few. We who nothing of the magical qualities of the doula, we for whom the acronym “RIE” is akin to speaking in tongues. We have no idea how lucky we are. Here’s a comedy about … Continue reading

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