Daily Archives: February 11, 2022

Movie Review: There’s no “Help” for this inert melodrama

Some movies are slow. Some manage a kind of languid torpor. And there’s “Help,” which might be described as “inert.” It’s a disastrously undramatic debut feature from writer-director and bit “character” in the film Blake Ridder, who is also distributing … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: The Terror of Being “Tethered”

A blind teen, a hunter stumbled into, a creature hunting them. March 18.

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Documentary Review: Put “Ronnie’s” on your jazz club bucket list

There aren’t a lot of music clubs that have made the journey from “THE place to be” to “an Institution” with more grace than Ronnie Scott’s, the Frith Street landmark in Soho, London. “Ronnie’s” is a gloriously musical celebration of … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Conspiracies and creatures menace Gen Z Germans in “The Privilege”

“The Privilege” is a too-predictable German mashup of a couple of horror genres and several paranoid thrillers, all underscored by the big idea in Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.” Hey kids, your elders are taking away your future, and not just … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Volker Schlöndorff shows the Chain of Command of an Atrocity — “Calm at Sea”

The movies tend to oversimplify the countless crimes committed against Europe by Nazi Germany. That label “Nazi” has become screen shorthand for “We don’t need to know how or why, that alone explains it.” In “Calm at Sea,” German filmmaker … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Sentimental, family friendly Ryan Reynolds? In sci-fi? “The Adam Project”

Not every Reynolds outing has to be funny, snarky, violent and in the “Deadpool” vein. This one co-stars Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, a time travel tale about a visit from your space traveling future self. Aside from … Continue reading

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