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Film Review: In “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the Force Rises, Then Takes a Midday Nap

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. As a child of the 1970s, I grew up adoring the original Star Wars franchise … at least until The Return of the Jedi came around, with … 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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2018 Slamdance Film Festival Announces Feature Competition Lineup

From AfterBruce PR & Marketing*: Festival to Showcase 10 Narrative and 8 Documentary Features 9 World Premieres Among Feature Competition Titles The Russo Brothers Grow Festival Support With Major Prize November 28, 2017 (Los Angeles) – The Slamdance Film Festival announced … 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: “Coco” Mixes Disney and Pixar in a Mostly Delightful Mix

Coco (Lee Unkrich/Adrian Molina, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. If, like me, you have an allergic reaction to maudlin sentimentality, be forewarned: Coco may raise your hackles at first. Wait it out, and you will find that there is … 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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DOC NYC 2017

Founded in 2010, DOC NYC – an annual festival devoted to documentary cinema – celebrates its 8th anniversary this year, running from November 9-16, with today its final day. Located in the heart of Manhattan, across three movie theaters – two … Continue reading

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Film Review: Despite Mostly Solid Performances, “Justice League” Disappoints

Justice League (Zack Snyder, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars. Wouldn’t it be nice if a superhero film in our current era of comic-book oversaturation did not feature CGI mayhem and end-of-world scenarios? Or if it came without extended sequences … 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: Hercule Poirot, Mustachioed Action Star, Ruins Mediocre “Murder on the Orient Express”

Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh, 2017) 1 out of 4 stars. Celebrated British mystery writer Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express is, as are most of her works, a tidy little masterpiece of crime, punishment … Continue reading

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