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Film Review: “Bisbee ‘17“ Brilliantly Blends Past and Present

Bisbee ‘17 (Robert Greene, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. On July 12, 1917, over one thousand men were forcefully gathered together at gunpoint in Bisbee, Arizona, herded onto freight-train boxcars and deported to a deserted part of New Mexico, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Non-Fiction” Offers Brilliant Cinematic Fiction

Non-Fiction (“Doubles vies”) (Olivier Assayas, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Though I have not seen the entirety of French director Olivier Assayas’ œuvre, I have watched enough to recognize his recurring obsession with duality and doppelgängers (figurative and real). … Continue reading

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Showtime Docuseries Review: “Action“ Offers a Glimpse of Gambling Heaven and Hell

Action (Luke Korem, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. From director Luke Korem (Dealt) comes a new four-part docuseries, airing now on Showtime, about sports gambling, entitled Action. Following a varied group of subjects, Korem dives into the risks and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Walking on Water” Floats Above the Ordinary Troubles of the World

Walking on Water (Andrey Paounov, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. For over 50 years, romantic and artistic partners Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat, he Bulgarian, she French – known collectively as Christo and Jeanne-Claude – wowed the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Dogman” Is Best When It Barks

Dogman (Matteo Garrone, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. The best part of Matteo Garrone’s Dogman are the moments of pure behavioral acting, especially in the scenes between actor Marcello Fonte (L’intrusa) and his canine charges. Fonte plays the eponymous Marcello, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ask Dr. Ruth” Offers Inspiring Portrait of the Great Sex Therapist

Ask Dr. Ruth (Ryan White, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. I remember well the first moment I heard Dr. Ruth Westheimer on the radio, her thick German accent wrapping itself deliciously around syllables theretofore unspoken on the airwaves. Though … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Stockholm” Is Worth a Brief Visit, If Not a Long Stay

Stockholm (Robert Budreau, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars.  Based on the failed real-life 1973 bank robbery that led to the coining of the term “stockholm syndrome,” writer/director Robert Budreau’s Stockholm explores the strange psychological phenomenon of captives bonding with their captors. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Working Woman” Fights the Good Fight

Working Woman (“Isha Ovedet”) (Michal Aviad, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Israeli director Michal Aviad’s Working Woman explores the trials and tribulations of a married mother of three as she re-enters the workforce, hoping to earn much-needed money following her … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Public” Offers a Moving Lesson in Civil Disobedience

The Public (Emilio Estevez, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Given Emilio Estevez’s role in the 1985 touchstone film The Breakfast Club, it is perhaps appropriate that he sets The Public in a library. In that earlier movie, if you recall, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Storm Boy” Delivers a Shower of Emotions

Storm Boy (Shawn Seet, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Based on the eponymous 1964 children’s book by Australian writer Colin Thiele (adapted once before, in 1976), Storm Boy starts off as one kind of story before quickly morphing into something … Continue reading

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