Monthly Archives: August 2022

Documentary Review: “The Found Footage Phenomenon”

You think you know the “original” “found footage film?” You’re wrong if you think that was “The Blair Witch Project,” the breakout blockbuster in the genre, still probably the most profitable film ever made. But no, that “first” would be … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Netflix gets in the Queen Latifah business with a road-trip thriller — “End of the Road”

Chris Bridges plays her brother, a family “homeless” and on their way to Houston when they cross paths with a drug deal gone wrong. Interestingly, Chris isn’t the only guy named Bridges in the trailer. Jeff’s brother Beau is a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Canadians stumble into mayhem on a “Camping Trip”

My stars, those Fuica brothers love their slo-mo. And 360 degree pans. And illogical plotting. And really bad dialogue. “Is…he dead?” “What does it LOOK like, genius?” And they’re learning to love self-distributing their handiwork. Apparently. “Camping Trip” is a … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: She’s older, and even creepier and coming for you FRIDAY — “Orphan: First Kill”

Good to see Julia Stiles again, love to see more of her. Isabelle Fuhrman still brings the scary. In theaters and streaming Friday.

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Movie Preview: Josh Duhamel is a “Bandit” taking tips and loans from Mel Gibson in this heist picture

Minot, North Dakota’s finest — Josh Duhamel — is the master of disguise, a Michigan “Bandit” who robbed every bank in Canada, more or less. Elisha Cuthbert’s the woman who has his attention, Mel G is the old crook full … Continue reading

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Next screening? Idris aims to protect his daughters from the “Beast” while on safari

Sharlto Copley is one of the co-stars. This one opens Friday. Looks popcorny. Could be fun.

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Movie Review: The Shifting Power Dynamics of a hook-up on “Zero Avenue”

As “pick-ups” go, it’s odd and “classic New York” at the same time. He’s spotted her entering a cafe. He follows her in and starts with a spiel — “first time in New York,” “left my bag on the train,” … Continue reading

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Book Review: Viola Davis describes her journey, “Finding Me”

Viola Davis was just eight years old when she saw the TV movie that changed her life. The landmark film, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” was broadcast for the first time in 1974. And even though “our television set” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Quaint and Queer Romance from Brazil — “Private Desert”

The most remarkable thing about “Private Desert,” about a cop discovering that the Internet crush he’s traveled 1400 kilometers to meet is transgender, is that cast and crew were able to get it made in the increasingly reactionary Brazil of … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Mississippi Burning and Not Learning — The murder of Emmet “Till”

A crime still in the news thanks to the malicious backwardness of one state. Coming to theaters in October.

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