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Film Review: “Mother!” Births a False Idol

Mother! (Darren Aronofsky, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. The problem with Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! lies not in its use of allegory to tackle existential challenges of the human condition, nor in its fanciful approach to the circular design of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “It” Is a Lot of Fun Until It Forgets to be Interesting

It (Andy Muschietti, 2016) 2½ out of 4 stars. I have read many Stephen King novels, and enjoyed a good number of them, including Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, The Dead Zone, Firestarter and more (my preference is for the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Marjorie Prime

Michael Almereyda’s filmmaking style was never easy to catch up. His past films, regardless amazing premises, usually fell into torpid atmospheres and narrative impasses. “Nadja”, “Hamlet”, and “Cymbeline” are elucidative examples of potentially good stories that fail to deliver in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$ – ***1/2 out of **** Director –writer-composer Geremy Jasper got help for his debut feature film, Patti Cake$, from the Sundance Institute’s director and screenwriter labs. A life long music freak he wrote the catchy tunes that populate the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Leap!” Takes a Flying One off a Digital Cliff

Leap! (Eric Summer/Éric Warin, 2016) 1 out of 4 stars. The only thing I hate more than disliking a movie is disliking one that has such obviously good intentions as Leap!, a Canadian-French co-production about a young girl (and her … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Wind River” Blasts a Powerful Narrative Spell

Wind River (Taylor Sheridan, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. There’s a little part of me that questions the narrative agenda of actor-turned-writer-turned-director Taylor Sheridan’s taut, existential thriller Wind River, which manages to be serious, entertaining and seriously entertaining. Set … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Glass Castle” is Only Half Full

The Glass Castle (Destin Daniel Cretton, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars. The third feature film from Destin Daniel Cretton (director of the very fine Short Term 12), The Glass Castle comes with a strong literary pedigree in the form … Continue reading

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Film Review: DETROIT

This is one unnecessarily provocative account. According to historical accounts and reenacted by director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, the infamous three-day Detroit riots that began the night of July 23, 1967, started when the police raided an after-hours … Continue reading

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Film Review: War For The Planet Of The Apes

Sensational! A fully realized, fascinating world. The best film of 2017…so far. I admit I was not a faithful fan of the Planet of the Apes franchise. I don’t remember what happened in the last one, DAWN OF THE PLANET … Continue reading

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Film Review: Uneven “Atomic Blonde” Works Best When Charlize Is in Charge

Atomic Blonde (David Leitch, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. As you watch Atomic Blonde, it should come as no surprise that its director, David Leitch, is a stuntman and stunt coordinator with a career going back over 20 years. … Continue reading

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