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Monthly Archives: October 2021
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
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
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
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
This Nov. 5 release has a genuinely unsettling trailer, which is sometimes a good sign. Oh yes, I’ll be reviewing this.
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
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
“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
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
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