Daily Archives: August 17, 2022

Classic Film Review: A “freely-adapted “Tell-Tale Heart” is Better than No Poe at All (1960)

The first-person narration of a killer patiently plotting his “perfect crime,” pitilessly committing it and then going mad by the pounding of “The Tell-Tale Heart” of his long-dead victim is the most sinister component of Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece. It’s … Continue reading

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Viola & Co. “Train like a Warrior” for “The Woman King”

Several things stand out in Viola Davis’ just published memoir, “Finding Me.” She likes to eat, a product of a grueling food-deprived childhood. She’s never been afraid to work out, get in shape — or out of shape — for … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Delia’s Gone,” a Vengeance Thriller with a Twist

There is nothing finer in the cinema than a simple, well-acted and well-crafted thriller. “Delia’s Gone” checks off all of those boxes in a brisk but methodical and unhurried mystery set in rural Ohio. Damn, it’s good. You know who’s … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Kevin Dillon and Bruce Willis are at odds over what is seen in the “Wire Room”

Dirty cops are misusing wiretaps and setting up people under surveillance. Dillon’s not one of them. Bruce is. Sept. 2

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Movie Review: Canadian Hippies Reminisce about their Yorkville Days — “A Song for Us”

“A Song for Us” is an inane bordering on insipid Canadian melodrama without the drama. Its sole saving grace is the hippie nostalgia it wallows in, and the fact that I use “wallow” should tell you that’s praising with faint … Continue reading

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Next Screening? “3000 Years of Longing”

Idris the Jinn. Or Genie. Tilda has…wishes. This is the year’s most intriguing fantasy title. Hey George Miller, you rebooted “Mad Max.” The world’s your oyster! What is your auteur heart’s desire project? “Make a Wish!” Looks quite mad.

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