Film Reviews

Victoria Alexander’s TOP 10 FOR 2018

BORDER. My number 1 film for 2018 is BORDER. The film is directed by Ali Abbasi from the short story Gräns by John Aivide Lindqvist (who wrote the sensational novel Let the Right One In). Abbasi, Lindqvist and Isabella Eklöf wrote the screenplay. … Continue reading

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Film Review: With Nuance and Balance, “Untouchable” Explores Fraught Truths About Sex Crimes

Untouchable (David Feige, 2016) 4 out of 4 stars. Most human beings, I hope, can agree that the sexual abuse of children is a grievous wrong that should be punished to the full extent allowed by the courts. Beyond such a … Continue reading

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Film Review: “On the Basis of Sex” Offers Fast-Food RBG

On the Basis of Sex (Mimi Leder, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. The second film about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released within the last 7 months, On the Basis of Sex opens with the usual biopic title card: “Inspired … Continue reading

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Rob Goald’s 10 BEST  MOVIES OF 2018

2018 was a year  that saw substantial changes  in the film business . It was a year in which Netflix became a major player, Marvel unleashed  a black super hero and Spike Lee a black Klansman.. It was a year documentaries (Monrovia, Indiana) did very … Continue reading

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Hannah Tran’s Top 10 Films of 2018

2018 in film proves itself no stranger to the outpouring of cinema that responds to the worsening political climate we find ourselves in. The desperate need for connection and kindness bleeds into nearly every corner of this year’s narratives. It … Continue reading

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Film Review: VICE Assumes Too Much of Subject and Too Little of Audience

Vice (Adam McKay) 1 out of 4 stars About midway through Adam McKay’s latest attempt to mansplain the atrocities of contemporary politics to us, he decides so condescendingly to roll the film’s end credits. That’s right, it was an aggressive … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Destroyer,” Kidman Elevates Weak Script with Powerful Performance

Destroyer (Karyn Kusama, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Anchored by a searing turn from lead actress Nicole Kidman, Destroyer powers through its weaker moments like an addict looking for the next fix. All that matters is Kidman’s ravaged visage and world-weary … Continue reading

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ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL Proves Itself Clever, If Not Wanting

Once Upon a Deadpool (David Leitch) 2 out of 4 stars I suspect that it is the perpetually worsening feeling of political and social dread that has allowed the superhero to become our new and improved God. I myself have … Continue reading

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Film Review: Strong Performances Buoy Flawed but Fascinating “Bird Box”

Bird Box (Susanne Bier, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. What an interesting year for the post-apocalyptic senses! First there was A Quiet Place, in which the slightest sound could potentially bring on disaster, forcing people into near-mute silence. Now comes … Continue reading

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Film Review: The All Too Familiar Magic of “Mary Poppins Returns” in Full Effect

Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Rob Marshall, Academy Award nominee and director of Chicago, takes audiences back to Disney’s enchanting and atmospheric envision of London, England, in Mary Poppins Returns. Two decades after Mary Poppins … Continue reading

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