Monthly Archives: January 2023

Movie Preview: Mr. King’s next big screen adaptation, “The Boogeyman”

The horror writer and his son are having quite the big bounce in Hollywood paydays, and this June 2 release adds to that and yet barely scratches the surface in the back catalog of Stephen King writing that could be … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Alive,” a Bit of Brit Zombieland

Maybe it’s better than the trailer.

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Documentary Review — “Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music”

“Mixtape” is a word loaded with meaning to generations, a form of musical shorthand with one person curating a collection of songs to express their feelings for someone else, to make a statement about who they are through their musical … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Frank Grillo spills blood in Peckinpah-land — “Little Dixie”

“Little Dixie,” a down and dirty B-movie set in Republican Oklahoma and drug cartel Mexico, makes what I’d consider its first false move over 80 minutes in to its 105 minute running time. That, as aficionados of B-movies know, ain’t … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Throuple” grapples with “Petit Mal” in their relationship, as the viewer fights Petit Terne

“Petit Mal” is the ever-so-precious title of a minor Spanish melodrama about three twentysomething women who try a “throuple,” a lesbian menage a trois, on for size. Director, writer and co-star Ruth Caudeli has crafted an intimate, quiet, self-consciously arty … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Italian pranksters discover “The Price of Family” is no bargain

One can abide many things from a screen comedy, but “pointlessness” is a real hard sell for me. That’s a major gripe about the Italian farce “The Price of Family,” titled “Natale a tutti i costi” in the mother tongue. … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: A Master Shows his Hand in an early silent serial, Fritz Lang’s “The Spiders” (1919)

Silent cinema isn’t for everyone, because not everyone is curious about the building blocks of modern cinema, how filmmakers from the era before “Babylon,” before the talkies, invented the language and techniques of storytelling with a camera. But if you’re … Continue reading

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Are you watching “Poker Face?”

A couple of things keep from reviewing more TV series, short or long form. They’re a big investment in time if you want to do a show justice. Watching three, four or five episodes are kind of a must, and … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: A writer named Bronte is born — “Emily”

Emma Mackey plays the “Wuthering Heights” author in this early 19th century period piece from director Frances O’Connor. Bleecker Street is distributing “Emily” in the US, late Feb. at an art cinema near you.

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Movie Review: Low Camp in the High Andes, “Condor’s Nest”

It’s not cricket to talk about a film’s third act and finale in a review, because that could lead to “spoilers” and one mustn’t reveal those. One just mustn’t. But as I’m breaking format here and using the poster to … Continue reading

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