Category Archives: Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news

Classic Film Review: The “Most Restored Version” yet of Richard Wright’s “Native Son” (1951)

It was 1951, and nobody was making movies about racism and African American rage back then. Much of the cast was local amateurs, which because it was filmed in Argentina even though it was set in Chicago, makes for some … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The tangled emotional web of “Inez & Doug & Kira”

There’s arguing — not loud, not heated — at the funeral reception. It was a Jewish funeral, and the debate is over the deceased’s last wish — to be cremated. But there is no arguing over why “she” killed herself. … Continue reading

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A Spinal Tap reunion? On the screen?

Ok, none of the folks involved in making “This is Spinal Tap” way back when has had great demands on their time these past few years. Yes, it would have been interesting if they’d taken a chance at reviving the … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Indonesian lads take classes in how not to be “Whipped (Bucin)”

The creators of the Indonesian romantic comedy “Whipped” play versions of themselves, which is the cleverest thing this film (“Bucin,” in Indonesian) has going for it. To wit — Chandra Liow is ID’d in the opening credits as “single” and … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: José Ferrer and Gore Vidal’s take on The Dreyfus Affair — “I Accuse” (1958_

One thing becomes obvious in this ambitious, star-studded yet staid version of France’s infamous “Dreyfus Affair.” The officious, patriotic family man this scandal centered around was far from being the most fascinating character in his own tragedy. If the great … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Liam Neeson tries to be an “Honest Thief”

Liam, playing yet another man “with very particular skills?” Even he should be tired of this by now. Still, he always gives fair value, even in plots as far fetched as this one. Oct. 9 “Honest Thief” opens.

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Movie Review: “God of the Piano”

The mystery and the guilt associated with it drives the cryptic Israeli drama “God of the Piano,” a movie that gives away so little that the viewer is invited to fill in around the edges, early and often. Anat (Naama … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Nigerian diva gets knocked off her high horse in “Lara and the Beat”

“Lara and the Beat” is a shiny bauble of a Nigerian comeuppance comedy, a romp through Lagos affluence, pop stardom, conspicuous consumption and losing it all in a flash. Well, that’s how it begins. It doesn’t go wholly wrong all … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Carrie and Jude shimmer in “The Nest”

Real life has precious little to do with the latest frights from Blumhouse. The demons we battle come from within, the “haunting” of a house spins out of the stresses, betrayals and failings of those who live in it. “The … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: It’s hard to kick an “Alien Addiction”

Gonzo rube comedy from Down Under. Kiwiland, I think. Sept 29 this streams/opens. You KNOW I will be reviewing this one.

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