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Movie Review: Artist Mahersala Ali considers cloning as he takes his “Swan Song

“Swan Song,” a reunion project for “Moonlight” alumni Mahersala Ali and Naomie Harris, is quiet, introspective science fiction about a dying man’s struggle with the notion of cloning himself and letting that clone take over his life shortly before his … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Elemental horror — “The Darkness of the Road”

“She broke down on the road. She’s got a little girl. She’s missing.” And it’s not just a lone woman on a car trip terrors that face her. Something supernatural is involved. This Eduardo Rodriguez film comes out Dec. 14.

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Netflixable? An animated adult fantasy from China — “Green Snake”

Today’s version of the “Hero’s Journey” is a Chinese folktale rendered into an impressive-looking mess of a mashup — part medieval fantasy, with Minatours and shape shifters, “Mad Max” post-apocalyptic car chases, firearms and flesh. “Green Snake” is like the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Almodóvar looks at legacies, personal and national, in “Parallel Mothers”

Half a century into his career, and the king of Spanish cinema is still working on his Mommy Issues. ‘Parallel Mothers” gives us Pedro Almodóvar in his 70s, past the rambunctious, liberating and boundary pushing cinema of his “Women on … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Abel Ferrara’s Pandemic Picture — “Zeroes and Ones”

Star Ethan Hawke introduces, out of character, Abel Ferrara’s latest film with a little reminder of “what we’ve been living through” the last couple of years, and a professed “I can’t wait to see” what Ferrara’s come up with this … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Horror on a budget? “Monsters in the Closet” a Red Band trailer

Nastiness coming our way Jan.4. Beware.

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Movie Review: Verhoeven’s moving — and of course titillating — “Benedetta”

Gorgeous lesbians stripping down and working up a sweat, enterprisingly making their own sex toys because Amazon didn’t exist then, threats and scheming and intrigues. Let’s just say whoever told that cinematic sinner Paul Verhoeven to “Get thee to a … Continue reading

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Next Screening? Almodovar’s Mommy Issues continue, “Parallel Mother”

Love that Almodovar. Don’t you “Vote for Pedro?” https://youtu.be/cL6JDYkRa2g

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Netflixable? “Swingers” in Spain? “More the Merrier (Donde Caben Dos)”

A sophisticated Spanish comedy about “swingers” and “swinging,” wrestling with the emptiness of such pursuits, the dehumanizing nature of orgies among the anonymous and the coarsening of the culture that results from such pursuits? Nah. “More the Merrier (Donde Caben … Continue reading

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Can’t hear movie dialogue? It’s not just you.

The video director of the last newspaper I worked for was the first person who admitted to me he and his wife were watching evey movie they viewed at home with the subtitles on. That was probably a dozen years … Continue reading

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