Daily Archives: December 3, 2021

Movie Review: Christmas comes to Britannia, one last “Silent Night”

Here’s a warm, cuddly comedy about family and Christmas, fellowship and food and presents and oh — a planetary apocalypse. There are no spoiler alerts in play with “Silent Night,” a darker-than-dark romp pitched as “apocalyptic” and which starts out … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Artist Mahersala Ali considers cloning as he takes his “Swan Song

“Swan Song,” a reunion project for “Moonlight” alumni Mahersala Ali and Naomie Harris, is quiet, introspective science fiction about a dying man’s struggle with the notion of cloning himself and letting that clone take over his life shortly before his … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Elemental horror — “The Darkness of the Road”

“She broke down on the road. She’s got a little girl. She’s missing.” And it’s not just a lone woman on a car trip terrors that face her. Something supernatural is involved. This Eduardo Rodriguez film comes out Dec. 14.

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Netflixable? An animated adult fantasy from China — “Green Snake”

Today’s version of the “Hero’s Journey” is a Chinese folktale rendered into an impressive-looking mess of a mashup — part medieval fantasy, with Minatours and shape shifters, “Mad Max” post-apocalyptic car chases, firearms and flesh. “Green Snake” is like the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Almodóvar looks at legacies, personal and national, in “Parallel Mothers”

Half a century into his career, and the king of Spanish cinema is still working on his Mommy Issues. ‘Parallel Mothers” gives us Pedro Almodóvar in his 70s, past the rambunctious, liberating and boundary pushing cinema of his “Women on … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Abel Ferrara’s Pandemic Picture — “Zeroes and Ones”

Star Ethan Hawke introduces, out of character, Abel Ferrara’s latest film with a little reminder of “what we’ve been living through” the last couple of years, and a professed “I can’t wait to see” what Ferrara’s come up with this … Continue reading

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