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Movie Review: Seth Rogen puts himself in “An American Pickle” — twice

You pick up on a big drawback to the Seth Rogen comedy “An American Pickle” the first time he shows up in two guises on the screen. Here’s a movie that abandons most everything that makes Rogen special in its … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Another Ayer ride-along, this time with “The Tax Collector”

You can’t blame screenwriter turned writer-director David Ayer for going back to his greatest hit whenever he’s in a pinch. Hell, Howard Hawks wasn’t shy about repeating himself, again and again. Ayer wrote “Training Day.” “End of Watch,” “Harsh Times,” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Waiting for the Barbarians”

“Waiting for the Barbarians” is a dusty, grim colonialism fable based on a novel by the South African Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee. The “waiting” ostensibly is the comeuppance facing an unnamed “empire” whose brutal high-handedness will lead to a … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: End of August laughs? “Get Duked!”

Eddie Izzard headlines this “anarchic” Scottish comedy. Looks loopy enough. See it Aug 28.

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Movie Review: Skarsgard is haunted by a youth spent “Out Stealing Horses”

We never know what we’ll be able to brush off or force ourselves to forget and what will eat at us until our dying day. We can’t even know, as Dickens’ David Copperfield mused, “Whether I’ll be the hero of  … Continue reading

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Bingeworthy? Diego Luna’s “Pan y Circo” pairs Mexican cuisine with hot button Mexican issues

Only decades of affection for the wonderful Mexican actor Diego Luna‘s screen performances and a recognition of “Well, his heart’s in the right place” can temper the tone of any review of his new chat show/series for Amazon, “Pan y … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Peruvian lament, “Song Without a Name (Cancion sin Nombre)”

Stark, poetic and somewhat frustrating, “Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre)” patiently weaves together several story threads to capture what life was like during Peru’s 1980s collapse. It was, as headlines show us, a country awash in corruption and … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Disney remembers “Howard,” the lyricist who made cartoons sing

It was the late 1980s when the idea folks at Walt Disney Animation had their first meeting with the man who was to bring Disney Animation back from the dead. After an insistent courtship by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mr. “Little Shop … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: A masterpiece, “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” makes its restored return

Bert Stern only directed one documentary. But “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” is widely considered the greatest jazz performance documentary ever, a 1959 classic that was designated to be preserved as part of the Smithsonian’s National Film Registry. The film, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Gemma and Gugu get lost in “Summerland”

Seaside locations on the scenic Kentish coast, a period piece story set “during the war” and a stellar cast can’t quite make the debut feature of playwright-turned-writer/director Jessica Swale come off. She’s probably kicking herself over “Summerland” as it is, … Continue reading

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