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Film Review: In “Motherless Brooklyn,” Edward Norton Shines Twice

Motherless Brooklyn (Edward Norton, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. An adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s eponymous 1999 novel – though with some apparently significant changes (I have not read the book, myself) – Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn takes us back to 1950s … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Lighthouse” Shines Brightly into a Narrative Void

The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Gorgeously photographed on Kodak’s high-contrast Double-X black-and-white 35mm film stock, and presented in an almost exactly square aspect ratio (1.19 to 1), The Lighthouse is not only beautiful to behold (in … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Aquaman” Is, at Least, Better Than “Justice League”

Aquaman (James Wan, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. It has been just over a year since the folks at DC Comics and Warner Bros. released the dismal Justice League, and I have already forgotten its entire plot. That’s (mildly) unfortunate, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Vox Lux” Loses Both Voice and Light by the End

Vox Lux (Brady Corbet, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. A film that starts with a bang and ends in a fizzle, Vox Lux impresses before it disappoints. Featuring a brilliant set of twin performances from Raffey Cassidy (The Killing of a … 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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Film Review: The Florida Project

Wonderful, endearing and creates a star out of a six-year old. The industry standard, the hallowed three-part structure of a screenplay doesn’t hold any longer. The primary “Establishing Shot” orienting the audience to the where, the who and the what, … Continue reading

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Checking The Pulse Of European Cinema

The New York Film Festival, which enters its final weekend today, has presented a program with a large emphasis on European cinema. With a strong showing of films from Portugal and France, the Festival finds that contemporary European cinema from … Continue reading

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