Category Archives: Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news

Movie Review: The morbid fascination of 1997’s “Telling Lies in America”

Maybe it was my recent viewing/reviewing of the “‘Showgirls’ Reconsidered’” documentary “You Don’t Nomi” that stopped me in my channel-surfing tracks when I saw the name “Joe Eszterhas” on the credits to a movie I’d missed. Yes, “Telling Lies in … Continue reading

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Netflixable? For Murderous ex-cop Coster-Waldau, there are no “Small Crimes”

  There’s something about the rugged, rawboned Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau that says “ex-con.” We see it, when we can get past the “Game of Thrones” persona HBO made for him. And he sees it, which is why he’s made … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Japanese orphans decide “We are Little Zombies (Wî â Ritoru Zonbîzu)”

Imagine “Harold & Maude” as a Japanese musical, a morbid, deadpan dark comedy and social satire, a surreal snapshot of Japanese culture that’s also J-Pop band origin story. That’s “We Are Little Zombies,” a daft, candy-colored Japanese confection that is … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Unraveling Athena” glories in the heroines of women’s tennis

This one streams Aug. 11. Of course I’m going to review it.

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Movie Review: Hanks and his “Greyhound” battle U-Boats in the Atlantic

“Greyhound” is an old fashioned “Victory at Sea” style combat epic — narrow in focus, heroic in nature and relentlessly action-packed. The escort destroyer skipper Tom Hanks plays gets no rest, on the bridge and on his feet for days … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Korean crooks are prey in “Time to Hunt (Sanyangeui sigan)”

A nerve-wracking Korean heist-gone-wrong thriller goes seriously wrong itself when “Time to Hunt (Sanyangeui sigan)” devolves into straight-up melodrama. An ill-conceived armed-robbery, a naive “crew” that figures it’s gotten away clean when it hasn’t, and all the resources of the … Continue reading

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RIP Jack Garner, a “hale fellow, well-met” among movie critics

A couple of days late getting to this, but longtime Gannett Newspapers film critic Jack Garner died over the weekend. I used to run into him at film festivals, Hollywood and New York new-release junkets, etc., a hard guy to … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Relic” asks “Where’s Gran?” Do we want to know the answer?

“Relic” may be shrouded in gloom and fog, draped in the trappings of many a haunted house thriller. But its most revealing lines of dialogue can be appreciated by everyone, even those who don’t believe a house can be haunted. … Continue reading

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AMC, Regal and Cinemark sue New Jersey for opening churches, but not cinemas

So if churches are getting payroll relief stimulus just like any other business, they should be subject to the same other times as any other business, right? That’s the logic applied to this suit. Churches aren’t “special.” They are like … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Tech scientist wants to preserve what matters most in the “Archive”

“Archive” is a slick, moody sci-fi mashup, a thoughtful thriller cobbled together from a lot of better films that came before it. The central premise — a scientist tries to engineer a robot to hold his wife’s “soul” — has … Continue reading

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