Monthly Archives: October 2021

Movie Review: Oklahoma lives are upended in “13 Minutes” of Tornado Hell

It takes its title from the duration of a tornado passing through an Oklahoma town — “13 Minutes.” And the twister, when it supercells its way in, is hellishly real and a damned sight better than anything managed in the … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Amateur Polish sleuth wonders if she’s “In for a Murder (W Jak Morderstwo)”

The Polish comic thriller “In for a Murder” only finds its sweet spot briefly, and then only very late in the third act. Veteran writer-director Piotr Mularuk (“Zuma”) was going for something light, a frothy murder mystery which has been … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Animated Sword & Scorcery with blood and guts and Full Frontal nudity — “The Spine of Night”

“The Spine of Night” is a reasonably good-looking — and gory — animated sword and sorcery saga for adults, a movie set in a wholly-realized fantasy world, but lacking a story or characters that invite us to invest ourselves in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Wes Anderson visits 1968 France via “The French Dispatch”

The giddy whimsy that’s been Wes Anderson’s brand since his earliest films is more subdued, the ornate, baroque world of “family” or “family where you find it” a lot more cluttered in “The French Dispatch.” Let others make intermission-length Netflix … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: The Horror offered up by “Anonymous Animals”

This Nov. 5 release has a genuinely unsettling trailer, which is sometimes a good sign. Oh yes, I’ll be reviewing this.

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Netflixable? Noomi & Aksel attempt madcap murder on “The Trip (I Onde Dager)”

As madcap, slapstick Norwegian bloodbath comedies go, “I Onde Dager (In Bad Times)” isn’t half bad. Dark, grisly, suspenseful and laugh-out-loud funny, it sometimes skips and sometimes lopes along — scored to jaunty Norwegian pop, rock and an unforgettable Norske … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Paranoid Agoraphobic convinces a Youtube shrink that “They’re Outside”

Hand it to the Brits who conjured up “They’re Outside,” a never-quite-reaches-lukewarm thriller in the “found footage” “Blair Witch” mold. They conceived a movie about a documentary shot as an unlicensed Youtube psychotherapist videoed himself trying to “cure” a woman’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Maltese fisherman faces a changing way of life in his “Luzzu”

“Luzzu” is a simple but gripping drama about a Maltese fisherman facing the end of his generations-long profession in a world of globe-trotting trawlers, international trade and climate change. Its star is a real-life Maltese fisherman, a man so intimately … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Ukraine’s “A Magical Journey” has nothing to do with mushrooms. Apparently.

Man, what was in that brownie I finished off lunch with? “The Magical Journey” plays as some kind of half-arsed, trippy flashback to the Bad Old Days of Eastern Bloc children’s cinema. It’s a kids fantasy with a trio of … Continue reading

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BOX OFFICE: “Dune” opens big, but not huge, “Bond” drops, “Halloween” takes a DIVE

The latest reboot of “Dune” opened to enthusiastic reviews, some less enthusiastic than others. And its first weekend it hit a healthy but underwhelming $40.1 million at the box office. Yes, it’s long. And yes, it is sci fi and … Continue reading

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