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Movie Review: Can a Pandemic Zoom thriller work? “Safer at Home”

Making art — or at least a genre thriller — during the COVID lockdown is a daunting task, so hats off to the filmmakers of “Safer at Home.” It’s more impressive as an exercise than thrilling, with a no-name cast … Continue reading

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Netflixable? The brutality of Apartheid, the ongoing global horror of the death penalty — “Shepherds and Butchers”

Race and racism aren’t at the heart of the South African Apartheid-era legal drama “Shepherds and Butchers.” That’s almost certainly a flaw in the film, as the black victims of its central crime are not the focus, merely background for … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Fonda, Sutherland & Co. star in a little-seen anti-Vietnam War tour — “F.T.A.”

In 1971, the stars of the new thriller “Klute,” Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, took off on a tour of U.S. military bases. When they embarked for the bases of the Pacific Rim — Hawaii and the Philippines, Japan and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The World to Come” when forbidden love isn’t forbidden

Let us go back to the days when homosexuality was “the love that dare not speak its name,” when women discovered, with no help from science or literature of public figures as examples, their same sex attraction for other women. … Continue reading

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Next screening? “The World to Come”

I am an audience of one at an Orlando AMC. That can only mean one thing. “The World to Come” is a Bleecker Street “release,” the latest from “The witness protection program of film distribution.”

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Netflixable? Any prayer of getting out of the “No Escape Room?”

“No Escape Room,” the latest horror riff on the “escape room from Hell” theme, has the building blocks of a solid genre thriller. Five people undertake a mysterious small town escape room experience. The puzzle-it-out clues are challenging as all … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Spy thriller “The 355” stars Lupita and Chastain, Cruz and Krueger

This trailer has a touch of whizbang about it and is slated for Jan. 2022 release. And for those keeping score at home, the presence of Penelope Cruz and Lupita N’Yongo means this has two Oscar winners in its cast.

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Movie Preview: “Six Minutes to Midnight” a pre WWII thriller starring Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent

Teaching and treason in the run up to The War. This looks promising.

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Netflixable? “I Care a Lot”

A grave injustice has been done by a heartless, greedy and smug villain. A corrupt, easily-gamed system has been twisted and an old woman’s freedom and fortune have been stolen. And as you watch, slack-jawed, as “I Care a Lot” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A plausible disaster film? “Greenland”

Just our luck. We finally get a decent disaster movie, and it arrives in the middle of a pandemic. Some people saw it, but most theaters were closed, so the vast majority of us missed the apocalyptic effects, high tension … Continue reading

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