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Netflixable? Nigerian diva gets knocked off her high horse in “Lara and the Beat”

“Lara and the Beat” is a shiny bauble of a Nigerian comeuppance comedy, a romp through Lagos affluence, pop stardom, conspicuous consumption and losing it all in a flash. Well, that’s how it begins. It doesn’t go wholly wrong all … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Carrie and Jude shimmer in “The Nest”

Real life has precious little to do with the latest frights from Blumhouse. The demons we battle come from within, the “haunting” of a house spins out of the stresses, betrayals and failings of those who live in it. “The … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: It’s hard to kick an “Alien Addiction”

Gonzo rube comedy from Down Under. Kiwiland, I think. Sept 29 this streams/opens. You KNOW I will be reviewing this one.

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Movie Review: A Nurse deals with a hell of her own making in “12 Hour Shift”

The very definition of “midnight movie” includes transgression. “Bad taste?” Sometimes. “Out there?” Ditto. “Offensive?” Almost a given. So there’s no sense in holding “12 Hour Shift” accountable for the misfortune of its timing. A movie about a lethally corrupt … Continue reading

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Netflixable? A long wallow in Southern Gothic, “The Devil All the Time”

Novelist Donald Ray Pollock narrates the film of his “hillbilly Gothic” saga, “The Devil All the Time,” from start to finish — and all points in between. His is an authentic Appalachian voice, and when I pick up the book, … Continue reading

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Documentary Preview: Politicians and experts talk UFOs, “The Phenomenon”

This one comes out Oct. 6.

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Movie Review: A gay couple is haunted or Harassed in “Spiral”

“Spiral” is a cleverly-conceived riff on familiar horror themes, an attempt to make a gay “Get Out.” A same-sex couple moves to suburban Illinois with one partner’s teen daughter, and weird, scary things begin to happen. But this film, not … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “The Paramedic (El practicante) ” is no Angel of Mercy

Here’s a sadistic Spanish thriller that begins dark, turns darker and ends darkest of all, with unhealthy servings of paranoia and claustrophobia along the way. Mario Casas (“The 33”) is Angel, “The Paramedic” (“El practicante”). And Angel first gives us … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: Female authors find equality, success and tribulations writing “Naughty Books”

Call it “Adult erotica” fiction, or adult erotic romances, but chances are, you hadn’t heard this literary genre mentioned in polite company. Then “Fifty Shades of Grey” blew up the best seller lists and the motion picture box office. And … Continue reading

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Animated Film Preview: “Henchman” rule in SuperVillain City

A LOT of famous to famous-ish voices populate this 2018 BRON Studios/Canadian production, just now heading into release. James Marsden and Rosario Dawson, Jane Krakowski, Nathan Fillion, Rob Riggle and Alfred Molina, anyone? “Henchmen today, supervillain tomorrow.” It seemingly had … Continue reading

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