Monthly Archives: September 2021

Movie Preview: The Final trailer for “Halloween Kills”

Yes, it looks like they give the whole danged thing away in the preview of this Oct. 15 release (in theaters, and on Peacock Network). But we’ll have to watch the completed thriller to see, won’t we?

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Documentary Review: Another take on “The Lost Leonardo” — “Savior for Sale: Da Vinci’s Lost Masterpiece?”

The French documentary “Savior for Sale” came out in France before the very fine theatrical documentary “The Lost Leonardo” hit theaters. As the films are about exactly the same subject — the “discovery,” epic resales and scandalous politicking involved in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Justin Lee strikes again, “Apache Junction”

So here we are again, Moriarty. Or shall I call you writer-director Justin Lee? You’re the prolific filmmaker with no less than nine writing and directing credits produced, filmed and unleashed since 2018. I’m the sucker who keeps reviewing cut-rate … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Shang Chi” makes “Cry Macho” cry for mercy, shuts down “Copshop”

There’s not much doing any business these days other than the latest money-making marvel from Marvel. “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” did another $21.7 million. It’s now over $320 million worldwide and still cleaning up. “Free … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain” plays out in real time

Some movies don’t need to tell you they’re “based on a true story.” You don’t have to recall the dates and details. You don’t question what unfolds on the screen. Based on everything we’ve seen and heard over the past … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: Life under slavery laid bare in the Indie drama, “Sankofa,” coming to Netflix

Ethiopian-American filmmaker Haile Gerima’s 1993 gem “Sankofa” is both a landmark of indie cinema and a benchmark on the storytelling road between TV’s “Roots” and the Oscar winning drama, “12 Years a Slave.” It’s a poetic, mystical and meandering immersion … Continue reading

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Netflixable? French cops bend the rules and pay the price getting their bust in “The Stronghold (BAC Nord)”

Whatever sway the police may have on the streets of Marseilles, in the high rise projects on its northern edges, the gangs run the show. The cops, even the elite “BAC” special squads, avoid them. Merely driving up earns a … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: A Pulitzer-winning small town newspaper hangs on in “Storm Lake”

Bathed in small town and newspaper life nostalgia, “Storm Lake” preserves, under glass, a moment in time. We see what might be the last burst of glory for a Pulitzer Prize-winning small town Iowa newspaper as it doggedly carries on, … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Jenkins, Schumer, Yuen, Feldstein and Squibb bring an acclaimed play to the screen, “The Humans”

A24 has this one, a Nov. 24 release.

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Movie Review: Aubrey Plaza rides herd on Michael Caine in pursuit of “Best Sellers”

The pitch? Twinkly Michael Caine‘s a boozy crank of a writer, with sulky Aubrey Plaza the hapless, put-out “silver spoon” publisher trapped escorting the old drunk on a wintry book tour through, not bookstores, but accommodating bars. Yes, “Best Sellers” … Continue reading

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