Category Archives: Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news

Documentary Review: Retirees look for Paradise in Florida’s The Villages — “Some Kind of Heaven”

It used to be more pronounced, back when The Villages was a smaller, more compact enterprise. But the overwhelming first impression driving in is still very Patrick McGoohanish. As in, “The Prisoner.” As in “I am NOT a number, I … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Mackie stars in messy “Outside the Wire”

Anthony Mackie plays a robotic super soldier who develops an agenda of his own in “Outside the Wire,” a generic and draggy thriller built on firefights, digital effects and bad robot jokes. ‘”Did your motherboard freeze?” Stuff like that. Damson … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Horror filmmaker braves the vicissitudes of the “Clapboard Jungle” of making movies today

It’s a miracle when anybody gets their first feature film made, a miracle that anybody not born into the business or with a silver spoon film school degree on their resume even gets a shot. If you knew the hell … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Nic Cage is here to “clean” “Willy’s Wonderland”

A broke traveler has to take a job for a night, and all hell breaks lose at the theme park. Gonzo Nic Cage is the Nicolas Cage for me. Feb. 12 VOD.

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Movie Review: Lawyers fight over a terror suspect — “The Mauritanian”

This is the way it used to work, the image we used to be famous for. An accused man is locked up on suspicion of his involvement with the 9/11 hijackers. Lawyers hear about him, locked up at the prison … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Joan Chen stars in “Sheep Without a Shepherd”

This March 23 release was a big hit in China, where they can see movies in theaters again.

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Movie Review: “One Night in Miami,” one stagebound adaptation

They never really met like this, debated these issues and foreshadowed their futures this overtly. But if the new heavyweight champ Cassius Clay, on his way to becoming Muhammad Ali, and Malcolm X and singer Sam Cooke and football legend-in-the-making … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Happy Cleaners,” a first look trailer

The children of Korean immigrants try to escape the trap their parents have set for them in this drama. This hits theaters Feb. 5.

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Movie Review: A Pandemic paradox — Tough time to make a movie, tougher time to pull a caper? “Locked Down”

As an exercise in making a reasonably entertaining movie in the middle of a pandemic, “Locked Down” is something of a triumph. Limited sets, a stellar “socially-distanced” cast, some shooting their own footage in ill-framed cell phone video, screen-freezes and … Continue reading

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RIP Michael Apted, 1941-2021, a great director of fiction features and a classic documentary series

No filmmaker made me cry more often than Michael Apted. He could handle most any genre, directed multiple Oscar nominated performances, with Sissy Spacek winning best actress for his Loretta Lynn bio pic, Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Apted, who passed away … Continue reading

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