Category Archives: Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news

Movie Review: Tim Blake Nelson makes Oklahoma ornery as “Old Henry”

How do we love Tim Blake Nelson? Let me pontificate the ways. It’s the folksy demeanor, the disarming smile with just a pinch of menace, the Oklahoma drawl that makes you underestimate whoever he portrays on the silver screen, a … Continue reading

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“Aline” – a Wes Anderson music video from “The French Dispatch”

Twee? Check. “Vintage? Retro? Sure. Animated? And adorable? Check and check again. “The French Dispatch” comes out Oct. 22. At last.

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Movie Review: An Immigrant orphan’s past threatens his present life on “Blue Bayou

Justin Chon‘s “Blue Bayou” could be a companion piece to Lee Isaac Chung’s Oscar-winning “Minari.” It’s a grittier and far more downbeat look at a bleak version of the Korean-American immigration experience. Writer, director and star Chon, who gave us … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Dear Evan Hansen” shows up in the Dead Letter Office

Let’s put all the “Dear Evan Hansen” bashing into context, shall we? Here’s what 2021, what was supposed to be our post-pandemic year at the movies, has given us in musical form. “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” felt dated and quaint, … Continue reading

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Next Screening? “Dear Evan Hansen”

Never caught it on the stage, but one certainly hears all about it on Broadway websites and such. Another uplifting musical about self confidence, acceptance, tolerance, self worth, how mean everybody is in high school.

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Movie Preview: Josh Hartnett pulls “one last heist” for Melissa Leo, aka “Ida Red”

Frank Grillo and William Forsyth co star in this Nov. 5 thriller. Could be a solid B picture. Love the genre.

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Movie Review: Cop Hugo Weaving plays “Lone Wolf” games with Anarchists, via CCTV

We call films that try telling a story in a different way “innovative” or “experimental” when they work, “gimmicky” when they don’t. “Lone Wolf” is an Australian thriller about police infiltration and documentation of an anarchist protestor group, what goes … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Denzel and McDormand in Joel Coen’s take on the Scottish play (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”)

Black and white, foggy and soundstagy, this looks a bit like the Orson Welles “Macbeth” of the ’40s. This holiday treat (Dec. 25 in theaters, Jan. on Apple TV+) comes from A24 and Apple.

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Movie Review: A late-life romance that blossoms over dogs, and “23 Walks”

“Baggage” some call it. “Complications” is what it is. The longer you live, the more experiences you’ve had, bad and good, and the more your pile of memories, traumas, triumphs and tragedies dictates how you respond to the world and … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: A post pandemic microchips “Implanted” thriller

Yeah, just what we need. More “proof” for the wackjobs. But but but, I saw it on a MOVIE. “Implanted” enters release Oct.1.

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