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Netflixable? Italian pranksters discover “The Price of Family” is no bargain

One can abide many things from a screen comedy, but “pointlessness” is a real hard sell for me. That’s a major gripe about the Italian farce “The Price of Family,” titled “Natale a tutti i costi” in the mother tongue. … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: A Master Shows his Hand in an early silent serial, Fritz Lang’s “The Spiders” (1919)

Silent cinema isn’t for everyone, because not everyone is curious about the building blocks of modern cinema, how filmmakers from the era before “Babylon,” before the talkies, invented the language and techniques of storytelling with a camera. But if you’re … Continue reading

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Are you watching “Poker Face?”

A couple of things I’ve picked up reviewing TV series, short or long form, over the years. They’re a big investment in time, if you want to do a show justice. Three, four or five episodes are kind of a … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: A writer named Bronte is born — “Emily”

Emma Mackey plays the “Wuthering Heights” author in this early 19th century period piece from director Frances O’Connor. Bleecker Street is distributing “Emily” in the US, late Feb. at an art cinema near you.

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Movie Review: Low Camp in the High Andes, “Condor’s Nest”

It’s not cricket to talk about a film’s third and finale in a review, because that could lead to “spoilers” and one mustn’t reveal those. One just mustn’t. But as I’m breaking format here and using the poster to “Condor’s … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “You People” throws funny people at a lot of funny, fly rom-com riffs

God, I have MISSED this version of Jonah Hill — the riffing, slanging, offending, hip-hop-quoting, “best joke in the room wins” Jonah. “You People” is a comic throwback, an all-star Jonah and Lauren and Nia, Julia and Eddie, Mike Epps … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “80 for Brady,” Comic Sudden Death

Let us now praise screen legends, ladies of a certain age still donning the greasepaint, still saving their best for their closeups. “80 for Brady” packs an entire generation of screen queens into the same movie for a comedy about … Continue reading

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Movie Review: An “Ambush” Lets down the Vietnam War Movie Genre

The further we get away from a war, the more vital it is that there be SOMEbody on a set who can keep the cast and crew from making fools of themselves when you’re making a combat film. “Military consultant,” … Continue reading

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A singularly sweet moment, A Nepo Baby Actor collects an Oscar for a Song

He was son of one of the great character actors, a member of John Ford’s repertory company. He was brother of a TV icon, and brother to an original “Nerd.” And the siblings worked on a favorite Western of mine, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Holocaust Denier or not, there’s no Evicting “The Man in the Basement”

There’s value in taking on a first-rate villain. Ask Michael Keaton about that. And what villainy could be more personal and relatable than an obnoxious “tenant” with “rights” who simply refuses to leave, and cannot be easily evicted? Remember Keaton … Continue reading

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