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Netflixable? “Dolly Parton’s ‘Christmas on the Square'”

County music icon and national treasure Dolly Parton’s having a moment, thanks to being a paragon of tolerance and exemplar of COVID vaccine philanthropy. So there’s no being churlish about her new holiday Netflix musical, “Christmas on the Square.” None. … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “The Christmas Chronicles Part 2” is two hours of the holidays your kids will never get back

What insipid, digitally-augmented elvish drivel is this? Rhetorical question, like asking “Who let the Dogs Out?” Because unimaginative kids’ comedy would be complete without A) a belch or two, B) fart jokes and C) a “zany” montage set to that … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Kate and Saoirse shimmer in the titillating but torpid “Ammonite”

“Ammonite” is an explicit and seriously sexy sex scene wrapped in a dull period piece that illuminates neither the characters nor the titular fossils that bring them together. It’s a fine acting showcase for Oscar winner Kate Winslet and future … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Pixar dabbles in jazz, speculates on the “Soul” in this engaging dramedy

“Soul” is Pixar’s intellectually ambitious companion piece to “Inside/Out,” a whimsical “Outside/In” take on what makes us human. It’s comical, but not really a comedy, spiritual without being all that deep. But as it grapples with what drives a creative … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Olivia Cooke, Jack O’Connell, memory loss and love — “Little Fish”

Chad Hartigan, who gave us the understated “Martin Bonner,” directed. This Feb. release from IFC also stars Soko.

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Movie Review: Seventeen year-old girls, strangers in a strange land — “Antarctica”

On a sliding “quirky tales about teenage girls” scale, “Antarctica” is a lot more “Ghost World” than “Booksmart.” Not that it’s in either of those films’ league. It’s another self-consciously odd, almost surreal “smirk” of a comedy about two misfits … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Holidays are for triggering — “Hillbilly Elegy”

We are all heroes of our own story. And if we’re white and Southern, some of us are happy to throw in a little Tennessee Williams-styled “martyr” to the tale. Netflix and Ron Howard serve up a lot of both … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Deadly, Panicked Police Shooting, the definition of “Blindfire”

“Blindfire” is the (fictional) story of a deadly police shooting that sets out to demonstrate such situations are “complicated.” But as it tells its story from the “troubled” cop’s point of view, the film’s problematic agenda clashes with its clumsy, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Homeless fantasy, “Princess of the Row”

If you can look on homeless person and not instinctively turn away, you know the last thing this human condition needs is sugar-coating sentimentality. Everybody in that situation has a story and none of them are pretty. So a homeless … Continue reading

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Movie Review: At long last, “The Croods: A New Age”

Nicolas Cage is — hands down — the best, most-committed and most-fun voice actor in animated films today. Fight me. His hilarious, empathetic and occasionally gonzo turn made the cave-family comedy “The Croods” a surprise delight back in 2013. Credit … Continue reading

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