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Documentary Review: A Snowboarder communes with powder as a “Woodsrider”

“Meditative,” “contemplative” and “introspective” are the words that come to mind when weighing the merits of “Woodsrider,” a narration-free documentary about a solitary teen snowboarder camping and boarding the woods and resort trails around Mount Hood, Oregon. Any seasoned moviegoer … Continue reading

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Preview: Do you DARE watch the Red Band trailer to Brazil’s “The Cannibal Club?”

I always forget, is it “graphic sex” and “explicit violence,” or the other way around? Lots of explicit and graphic and nasty, sweaty, Type-B spattered sex and blood and “meat” turn up in this March release from Uncork’d — a … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: The Oscar nominated “Minding the Gap,” on PBS Monday

Bing Liu was just another sk8rboi, hanging with his dead-end pals in the struggling Rust Belt city of Rockford, Illinois, when he started video-taping their lives. Skating stunts, pranks, parties, good times, he was the skater whose friends would ask, … Continue reading

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Preview: You may want to party with an Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer will change your mind as “MA”

This one a lot of high school and college kids who “like to party” have lived through — the horror.

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Movie Review: “Happy Death Day 2U”

That old movie critics’ maxim — “They rarely get better.” — kind of takes it on the chin with “Happy Death Day 2U,” the winded but game sequel to 2017’s “Happy Death Day.” It starts badly. For five minutes or … Continue reading

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Preview: “Frozen 2” or “Frozen II,” Ilsa still doesn’t want to get her feet wet

Kristen Bell’s still not letting it go? Her ice princess isn’t getting her feet wet, if she can help it, in this briny blue action-packed (action only) trailer for “Frozen II,” opening Nov. 22. Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. … Continue reading

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Preview: “Tolkien” reveals the man who forged “The Lord of the Rings”

Nicholas Hoult, who has a fun turn in “The Favourite,” has the title role here — a possible “serious actor” break-out moment for him in a picture that has  prestige and fangirl/fanboy appeal built into it, sort of in that … Continue reading

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Movie Review: For this Icelandic eco-caper to come off, we need a “Woman at War”

Oh, that every dark comedy to come down the pike was as playful as “Woman at War.” It plays around with expectations, setting us up and tripping us — time and again. It toys with conventions and worn comic tropes … Continue reading

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Preview: One musician is the last Man on Earth who remembers The Beatles in Danny Boyle’s fantasy, “Yesterday”

It’s a little sci-fi, and a lot “Love Actually.” Danny Boyle directed and Richard Curtis scripted this musical romantic fable. Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Kate McKinnon and others are among the “names” that surround star Himesh Patel, who plays a … Continue reading

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Next Screening? An Icelander takes on High Tension Power Lines in “Woman at War”

This “Woman at War” has the potential for whimsy, I must say. A quixotic figure who is tilting, like the Don Quixote who inspired “Quixotic,” not at windmills but at power lines. Reminds me of this TV movie for the … Continue reading

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