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SXSW 2018 Film Recap: Looking Good at 25!

South by Southwest (SXSW), a multimedia festival showcasing music, film and interactive technology and design, was founded in 1987, devoted at first solely to music. Then, in 1994, the film and interactive conferences were added. 2018 marked the 25th iteration … Continue reading

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Film Review: Timlin and Tucci Save “Submission” from Disaster

Submission (Richard Levine, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. Based on Francine Prose’s 2000 novel Blue Angel, in which a creative-writing professor at a small liberal-arts college in Vermont develops an inappropriate obsession with one of his students, Submission has … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Messy “A Wrinkle in Time,” Storm Reid Rescues All

A Wrinkle in Time (Ava DuVernay, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. I really wanted to like this movie, even though I was disappointed in the source text – Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 book of the same title – when I recently … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Death Wish” Deserves a Quick Demise

Death Wish (Eli Roth, 2018) 1 out of 4 stars. It should come as no surprise that filmmaker Eli Roth gives us a Death Wish filled with gory scenes of death, brains spewed hither and thither. After all, why should … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Game Night” Is Dumb Fun

Game Night (John Francis Daley/Jonathan Goldstein, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. A completely stupid film about a group of friends whose game night goes horribly wrong (but also, so right), layered on top of an equally dumb tale of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Derivative “Annihilation” Disappoints

Annihilation (Alex Garland, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. In retrospect, I should not have read Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation – the first volume of his “Southern Reach” trilogy – just before watching director Alex Garland’s cinematic adaptation of it. I loved the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Black Panther” Delivers a Glorious New Hero

Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Call me a curmudgeon, but I am, overall, exhausted by the superhero genre, and the never-ending, extended universe(s) that come(s) with it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” Actress Gloria Grahame Deserves a Better End

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Paul McGuigan, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars. The actress Gloria Grahame died in 1981, at the age of 55, mostly forgotten by an industry that had once celebrated her in the late 1940s … Continue reading

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Film Review: Overly Constructed, “The Insult” Still Packs a Powerful Punch

The Insult (Ziad Doueiri, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. A brooding cinematic reflection on ethnic conflict and reconciliation, The Insult – from Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri (The Attack) – takes on the Middle East’s fraught history of sectarian violence in … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Brilliant Diane Kruger Comes out of the Shadows in “In the Fade”

In the Fade (“Aus dem Nichts”) (Fatih Akin, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Director Fatih Akin has long explored cross-cultural tension and reconciliation in his films, be they comedies or dramas, drawing on his own background as an ethnic Turk … Continue reading

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