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Daily Archives: December 1, 2021
It’s not uncommon for first time writer-directors to make movies about a “hero” they identify with — at least a little — and a situation seen from the point of view of someone like them. That’s not necessarily a good … Continue reading
Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro’s take on “Nightmare Alley,” a noirish carny novel first adapted for a Tyrone Power film in 1947, is a pitiless vision of an underworld of grifters and tent-show hustlers. Stunningly-detailed, with an A-list cast up … Continue reading
There’s one obvious metaphor that I dare say playwright turned filmmaker Stephen Karam couldn’t make nearly as obvious in his play, “The Humans,” when it was on the stage. But it stands out like a scarlet letter in his intimate, … Continue reading
Stately, austere and somewhat soap operatic, “The Power of the Dog” is an intimate story in a Cinemascope setting, and marks a welcome return to feature films for New Zealand’s Jane Campion, director of “The Piano” and most recently (in … Continue reading
Movie Review: A melodrama of crime, abuse, cash, drugs and immigration from Cameroon — “The Eagle’s Nest (La Vallee’ des Aigles)”
Cameroonian filmmaker Olivier Assoua makes his feature directing debut with “The Eagle’s Nest,” a lurid, lurching and muddled melodrama that still manages some good ideas and terrific moments. The screenplay, which he co-wrote, has an “everything but the kitchen sink” … Continue reading
A carny tale from the Oscar winning director of “The Shape of Water,” starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Willem Dafoe….and others. Looks lush, lurid and menacing, and jst in time for the holidays, too!
“Even Mice Belong in Heaven” is the most adorable and unusual animated offering for kids this year. A Czech production based on a children’s book by Iva Procházková, it’s an afterlife tale. And unlike “All Dogs Go to Heaven,” it’s … Continue reading