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Movie Preview: “The Last Full Measure” makes the case for a forgotten hero of the Vietnam War

An accomplished cast, including William Hurt, Christopher Plummer, Ed Harris, Samuel L. Jackson and Sebastian Stan, impressive combat footage, a potentially compelling story? Too bad “Roadside Attractions” has“The Last Full Measure.”Nobody’ll see it when it comes out Jan. 24.

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Movie Preview: Aussie film takes another look at its most famous outlaw, “True History of the Kelly Gang”

I’ve seen a couple of Ned Kelly biopics over the years. He’s generally portrayed as Australia’s Billy the Kid. A rebel, cunning, ruthless, celebrated, infamous. Here he’s starting “a revolution.” George MacKay is Kelly, with Russell Crowe, Charlie Hunnam and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Wrap your consumerist nightmares “In Fabric”

Here’s a devilish dose of macabre, masochistic guilt for everything you bought on Black Friday, and just in time for Christmas! With “In Fabric,” horror auteur Peter Strickland (“The Duke of Burgundy,” “Berberian Sound Studio”) takes on consumerism, wage slavery … Continue reading

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Movie Review : Taylor Cole, Kilmer, Berenger, Billy Baldwin and Denise Richards star in “1st Born”

You want to get your indie comedy financed and distributed? Sign some “names” for the cast. Advertise them as the “stars.” So sure, Val Kilmer’s only in a single scene, as “President Biden, nightmare in chief.” Put his name above … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Into the melodramatic maelstrom of “1917”

Sam Mendes’ “1917” is a gripping and quite entertaining Tommy’s-eye-view of The Great War” as viewed from the trenches of France. Mendes (“Jarhead,” “Skyfall”) didn’t get his tribute to the men and their sacrifice in World War I out in … Continue reading

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“The Grand Tour” finally becomes…The Grand Tour?

Fans of the Brit car series “Top Gear” can tell you when that show hit its stride, and list a string of memorable moments from it that generally correspond with that. The show took off when the erudite and whimsical … Continue reading

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Movie preview; ScarJo has her “Black Widow” moment

A Marvel movie for sisters everywhere. A bit Russian for my taste, but then again, I’m not Tucker Carlson. Summer release.

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Documentary Review: Ambulance Drivers of Mexico City are the “Midnight Family”

The sprints, hurtling through the crowded streets of Mexico City, are a matter of life and death. Sirens wailing, lights flashing, a paramedic bellowing over the megaphone, “Taxi, move MOVE” or “You idiot on the bicycle! GET ON THE SIDEWALK!” … Continue reading

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Next screening? “1917”

Looking at the slate of films stretching out to the end of the year, this may be the last one I am dying to see. Interested in “Bombshell,” intrigued by what Clint will do with “Richard Jewell,” indifferent to “Cats” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Anya” is different, all the way down to the genetic level

“Anya” begins with a love story, and we don’t believe it for a second. Its moments of whimsy have a forced, static quality, and never feel anything but scripted, contrived and stiff. But taken as science fiction, which is what … Continue reading

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