Film Reviews

Film Review: Boy Erased

Boy Erased – **1/2 OUT OF 4 Boy Erased is the second film this year dealing with the issue of gay conversion therapy and individuals  struggling with same sex attraction. The film released in the Spring, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post “ … Continue reading

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You’re a Dull One, Mr. Grinch

The Grinch (Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney) 2 out of 4 stars In Illumination’s latest scheme to profit only off of the parents whose children have the lowest of cinematic standards, their signature corporatized sterility and dedication to cheap humor … Continue reading

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Film Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me (For Liking This So Much)?

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller) 4 out of 4 stars Oh, what it would be like to be one of the greats. It’s a feeling that most artists have probably wondered to themselves at some point or other. … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Melissa McCarthy’s brave performance, Charlize-Theron-like acting jewel, deserves an Academy Award nomination. What I love: The scene at the end of CAN YOU FORGIVE ME? When Hollywood stars of Melissa McCarthy’s stature do a real person role, at the end, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Scots Rule in “Outlaw King”

Outlaw King (David Mackenzie, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Despite the copious online coverage of the mid-film reveal of star Chris Pine’s genitalia in all its naked glory (don’t get too excited, as it’s only up there for a nanosecond), the … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Maria by Callas,” the Diva Shines

Maria by Callas (Tom Volf, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. A documentary both elliptical and precisely structured, weaving in and out of broad temporal montages and detailed historical sequences, Maria by Callas tells the story of its subject with deep love and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Suspiria” Is a Bloody Mess

Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. I am not generally a fan of horror films, though those of the psychological and haunted variety appeal to me far more than do slashers. Given that caveat, it is perhaps no … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Half-Cooked Premise and Under-Utilized Actors Plague Disney’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Lasse Hallstrom/Joe Johnston 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. After countless interpretations and annual stage productions, Disney haphazardly dropkicks the iconic Nutcracker ballet into the high fantasy genre. What emerges is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, … Continue reading

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Film Review: BEAUTIFUL BOY

Beautiful Boy (Felix Van Groeningan, 2018)  1½ out of 4 stars Felix Van Groeningan’s biographical drama, Beautiful Boy, is one that blindly embodies the same shortcomings of its titular character: it continuously promises the audience of its potential but is … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews SUSPIRIA

Not a horror movie. A psychological thriller with a strong, unique landscape. Guadagnino triumphs as usual. First off, I have never seen the original SUSPIRIA, the 1977 supernatural horror film directed by Dario Argento and co-written by Argento and Daria … Continue reading

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