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Film Review: DARK PHOENIX

The  homoerotic farewell to what the X-MEN has really been about – the unresolved passion between Xavier and Magneto. The competition between the Marvel and DC superheroes has stalled at Everest’s Base Camp 4. Who will get to the top … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Dark Phoenix” Burns Itself Down

Dark Phoenix (Simon Kinberg, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. There is nothing wrong with Dark Phoenix that a coherent plot – and, even more important, logical placement of the film within the larger X-Men cinematic universe – wouldn’t fix. Since script is everything, … Continue reading

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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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Even with Strong Performances, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” Fails to Compel

The Zookeeper’s Wife (Niki Caro, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars Based on the 2007 best-selling non-fiction book of the same title (by Diane Ackerman), The Zookeeper’s Wife is a story about the Holocaust that mistakes treacle for seriousness, bathos for … Continue reading

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Film Review: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR

Hemsworth is so charming he should be playing psychopaths. The man cannot stop smiling during a violent storm and here he’s a flirt in a fetching woodsman outfit. I dreaded seeing this. No matter that the field of basic plots … Continue reading

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