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Film Review: “SuperFly” Is Missing a Space in Its Title and I Don’t Know Why

SuperFly (Director X., 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. The 1970s saw a wave of films about urban life, starring African-Americans, dubbed “blaxploitation” movies. Some of them were better than others, though many trafficked in stereotypes about black Americans that … Continue reading

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Film Review: Shoot Down “The Seagull” to End Its Misery

The Seagull (Michael Mayer, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. To be fair to director Michael Mayer (Flicka) and his troupe of actors, I have never been a fan of the original 1896 play The Seagull. The deeply talented Russian … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Ocean’s 8” Washes Away Series Fatigue with New Wave of Talent

Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. I love a good heist movie, even though I’d never commit the acts portrayed, myself. In Ocean’s 8, a companion (of sorts) to the previous three “Ocean’s” films – Ocean’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Upgrade” Delivers Power and Pizzazz, However Silly

Upgrade (Leigh Whannell, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. All upgrades should dazzle. What’s the point, otherwise, right? Not that they always do. however; so many are novel in name only, offering only more of the same at a different … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Powerful “Summer 1993,” a Child Overcomes Trauma

Summer 1993 (“Estiu 1993”) (Carla Simón, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. A heartbreaking coming-of-age tale about a 6-year-old girl adjusting to a new life with a new family, Summer 1993 showcases remarkable, naturalistic performances from its ensemble of actors … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Bye Bye Germany,” Jewish Holocaust Survivors Have the Last Laugh

Bye Bye Germany (Sam Garbarski, 2018)  3½ out of 4 stars. First, a few words about German actor Moritz Bleibtreu. Ever since I first saw him in Tom Tykwer’s 1998 Run Lola Run (in which he played Lola’s boyfriend, Manni), … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Book Club” Makes a Very Light Read

Book Club (Bill Holderman, 2018)  2 out of 4 stars. A harmless-enough film featuring a cast of appealing sexa-, septua-  and octogenarians, Book Club might appeal to anyone looking for a reprieve from the endless cycle of Marvel films and … Continue reading

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Many Times a Charm: Reflections on the 2018 Maryland Film Festival

As I have done almost every year since moving back to Baltimore – city where I also spent 8 years, as a child – in 2006, I attended the Maryland Film Festival (MdFF) during the first week of May (which ran … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Godard Mon Amour” Pokes Impish Fun at Its Aging Enfant Terrible

Godard Mon Amour (Michel Hazanavicius, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Whether or not one has a favorable opinion of iconic French director Jean-Luc Godard – creator of such classics of the 1960s New Wave as Breathless, Contempt and, my personal … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Tully” Mixes Promise and Platitudes

Tully (Jason Reitman, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. The third collaboration between director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody, who previously brought us Juno and Young Adult, Tully stars Charlize Theron, who played the lead in that second movie, … Continue reading

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