Specialty Releases

Film Review: Solid “Crown Heights” Chronicles an Unjust Prison Ordeal

Crown Heights (Matt Ruskin, 2016) 3 out of 4 stars. With a solid cast and a mostly strong script, Crown Heights delivers the dramatic goods in this riveting tale of a man imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. … 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: “A Ghost Story” Haunts the Eyes, If Not Always the Mind

A Ghost Story (David Lowery, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. Director David Lowery’s haunting A Ghost Story gives us the spirit life from the perspective of the phantom. Time has no meaning when you’re dead, however, and so the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Neruda

Undoubtedly, Pablo Larraín is the most exciting Chilean filmmaker working today. He has been carving his mark in the contemporary world cinema through beautiful artistic works such as “Tony Manero”, “Post Mortem”, “No”, and “The Club”. Last year, he filmed … Continue reading

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Film Review: Though Entertaining, “The Hero” Never Quite Escapes Its Clichés

The Hero (Brett Haley, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. A pleasant enough diversion, The Hero – starring Sam Elliott (Grandma) as Lee Hayden, an aging star of Westerns – nevertheless sinks into a mire of clichés from which it never … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sami Blood

This idyllic yet emotionally powerful international co-production between Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, follows the drama of a Lappish woman who gladly left her nomadic family behind, neglecting her origins in favor of the more intellectual and cosmopolitan life she envisioned … Continue reading

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Film Review: “My Cousin Rachel” Mesmerizes and Bores, in Almost Equal Measure

My Cousin Rachel (Roger Michell, 2017) 2½ stars out of 4. As a big fan of writer Daphne du Maurier, I find it odd that I often find gothic screen romances less than compelling, since that is one of the … Continue reading

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Extraordinary “Graduation” Explores the Wages of Ordinary Sin

Graduation (“Bacalaureat“) (Cristian Mungiu, 2016) 4 out of 4 stars. The new film from Romanian director Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) begins with a bang. Well, a crash, anyway, as a rock shatters the glass of … Continue reading

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“Their Finest” Delights with Bittersweet Take on War Propaganda

Their Finest (Lone Scherfig, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. The worst thing about Their Finest is its generic title, which offers no indication of the magical whimsy within. Otherwise, it is a charming, bittersweet cinematic confection that tells the … Continue reading

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