Specialty Releases

Film Review: In Insightful “The Square,” the Emperor Has Beautiful, if Ephemeral, Clothes

The Square (Ruben Östlund, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars.* Anyone who saw Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s 2014 Force Majeure is aware of his interest in dissecting systems of behavior within hierarchies. There, he examined spousal and parental dynamics in … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Goodbye Christopher Robin” Moves Despite Its Fabulation

Goodbye Christopher Robin (Simon Curtis, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. In many ways a complex exploration of the twin challenges of artistic creation and parenting, Goodbye Christopher Robin nevertheless strays distressingly from the real facts of the case. Based … Continue reading

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Film Review: “1922” Offers Solid Creeps

1922 (Zak Hilditch, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Based on a 2010 Stephen King story of the same title, from his collection Full Dark, No Stars, the new Netflix film 1922 tells a gruesome morality tale of crime and … Continue reading

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“Friend Request” Posts an Empty Profile

Friend Request (Simon Verhoeven, 2016) 1 out of 4 stars. When the best thing about your movie is its unfamiliar location, you know you have a problem. Then again, at least Friend Request has something to show for itself. An … Continue reading

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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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