Daily Archives: January 5, 2022

Movie Preview: Riseborough stars as another mother obsessed with a lost daughter — “Here Before”

This Feb. thriller is about a grieving mom who thinks a neighbor’s child is her own, reincarnated Love that Riseborough.

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Netflixable? Not-a-Blade-Runner Guy Pearce gets lost in “Zone 414”

The ghost of “Blade Runner” casts a long, gloomy shadow over sci-fi dystopias, all but defining what we think our hellscape future looks like — dark, rainy and overrun with attractive human-looking robots. They didn’t spend any money on the … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: New York teens run a campaign for president — “American Gadfly”

Sometimes your homework on a film takes you back to first principles. Is “American Gadfly” a documentary, or is it a mockumentary? The pitch from a publicist hired by the self-distributing filmmakers had me befuddled. Senator Mike Gravel? From Alaska? … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “TRON” meets “Beauty and the Beast” in anime — “Belle”

“Belle” is an ambitious anime fantasy with gorgeous, dreamy, CGI-assisted eye-candy images illustrating a somewhat cumbersome marriage of sci-fi and fairytale fantasy. It is grounded in a classic Japanese anime setting — a rural, mountainside town and high school. But … Continue reading

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