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About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine

Netflixable? “Aileen Wuornos: American Boogeywoman” is trash, and not the good kind

Labeling “Aileen Wuornos: American Boogeywoman” as “trash” gives this fictionalized, sensationalized and generally incompetent take on America’s most infamous female serial killer credit it doesn’t deserve. “Trash” suggests there might be something “fun” to it. This pseudo-serious “reclaiming” of Wuornos … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Considering a primal trend in horror — “Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror”

“Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched” is a documentary about the history of “folk horror,” a film of almost breathtaking thoroughness in exploring what that term means, the shared pagan stories that span the globe and inspired it, and the movies … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: Kurosawa’s early cop thriller, “Stray Dog (1949)”

Stumbling across any Akira Kurosawa film you’ve missed is an unexpected delight, and the film noir “Stray Dog” has the added pleasure of being an early showcase of the director, his muse — Toshiro Mifune — and his other rep … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Netflix gives Madea a comeback — “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming”

These movies ran their course, and then some, and then some more, in theaters. But Tyler Perry’s funniest creation still gets another shot, this time on a streaming service. Cash that Netflix check, T.P. “A Madea Homecoming” streams Feb. 25.

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Movie Preview: A Ghostly time travel tale — “The Long Walk”

A helpful ghost can take a man back to the moment his mother died, fifty years before. Feb. 18, from Yellow Veil.

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Netflixable? Turkish “My Father’s Violin (Babamin Kemani)” tugs at the heartstrings

Today’s Around the World with Netflix outing is a novel experience — for me, anyway. It’s a Turkish tearjerker. Sentimental and often uncertainly so, “My Father’s Violin (Babamin Kemani)” touches on issues of abuse and poverty, family schisms and family … Continue reading

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Today’s DVD donation? A Harriet Tubman documentary comes to Georgetown, SC

Roger DVDSeed spreads a little more cinema to libraries far and wide today, with a MovieNation donation — thanks to IndiePix — of this recent Harriet Tubman documentary. The beneficiary? The downtown library in historic Georgetown, SC, on the Low … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Midnight Swim” comes back up for air

“The Midnight Swim” is a modestly-spooky example of that mumblecore unicorn — “mumblecore horror.” It’s a talk-talk-talk indie drama about the lack of closure when a mother drowns and no body was found, about mythology and reincarnation, all set at … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: The Harrowing adventures of a Soviet “Pilot” during the Great Patriotic War

Got to hand it to Well-Go USA. They’re going HARD against the grain, grabbing and releasing this Russian WWII agitprop. Sure, Putin’s doing the over-compensating short guy “Give us the SUDETENLAND, um, UKRAINE” dance and bringing NATO back together in … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Channing Tatum takes a “Turner & Hooch” road trip with a war “Dog”

In the shuffling, postponing, “Who can keep track of it?” pandemic Third Wave release slate of American cinema, we hear this MGM laugher is slated for Feb. 18 and we’re taking their word for it. And damn, it does look … Continue reading

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