Film Reviews

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: “Good Time” Is Good If Not Quite Great

Good Time (Benny Safdie/Josh Safdie, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Filled with striking images, excitingly disorienting action sequences and strong performances, Good Times – the new film from the Safdie brothers (Heaven Knows What) – is in many ways a … Continue reading

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Film Review: THE ASSIGNMENT

Terrific noir thriller. Rodriguez is daring, provocative and sensational as a hitman. A must-see, so rent or buy it. According to imdb.com, veteran director Walter Hill has been very busy producing. With THE ASSIGNMENT he’s back directing. Hill has also co-written the … 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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Film Review: Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets

Valerian and The City Of A Thousand Planets – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Director/auteur Luc Besson’s oeuvre (“The Fifth Element”, “Lucy”) has no room for the intellectual traditions of French cinema. He once said: “Cinema is not a medicine to save … Continue reading

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