Specialty Releases

Film Review: In “I, Tonya,” Margot Lands a Perfect Performance

I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. An alternately delightful and heartbreaking mockumentary romp of a biopic, I, Tonya features a mesmerizing performance by Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as disgraced former figure skater Tonya … Continue reading

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Film Review: Columbus

If there is a recent debut feature that has been stirring a massive, positive buzz out there, it is “Columbus”, a drama with an exceptional architectural orientation, both materially and emotionally. The film, written and directed by American-Korean Kogonada and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Surprise! Woody Allen Tortures Leading Lady in “Wonder Wheel”

Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars. I long ago abandoned Woody Allen as a cinematic idol, beginning with the revelations of his affair with Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his former partner, Mia Farrow. The … Continue reading

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In “The Divine Order,” Women Claim Their Rightful Place

The Divine Order (“Die göttliche Ordnung“) (Petra Volpe, 2017) 3½ out of 4 stars. I learned two things from watching The Divine Order, the delightful new feminist dramedy from Swiss director Petra Biondina Volpe (Dreamland): 1) that women in Switzerland … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Is Outrageous and Funny, but Then Just Outrageous

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. Playwright/film director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) is a longtime master of the comedy of the macabre. His films mix tones like a professional juggler alternating … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tedious “Last Flag Flying” Falls Flat

Last Flag Flying (Richard Linklater, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars.  What could go wrong with three fine actors like Steve Carell (The Big Short), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) and Laurence Fishburne (Contagion), in a film written and directed by a … Continue reading

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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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