Monthly Archives: September 2020

Movie Review: Miss this Appalachian thriller and there’ll be “The Devil to Pay”

“The Devil to Pay” is “Winter’s Bone” with Appalachian folkways and an Appalachian twang, a razor’s edge thriller about old feuds and older traditions, a world unto itself and quite different from the one “down the mountain.” Veteran bit player … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | Comments Off on Movie Review: Miss this Appalachian thriller and there’ll be “The Devil to Pay”

Movie Review: Another exotic vacation that might be the “Death of Me”

Maggie Q makes a pretty good surrogate for the audience in the horror tale “Death of Me.” As Christina, a tourist trapped by on an Thai island about to take a typhoon hit, struggling to get around the not-wholly-hidden agenda … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | Comments Off on Movie Review: Another exotic vacation that might be the “Death of Me”

Movie Preview: “Yellow Rose,” the immigrant experience and country music dreams

This looks lovely, but when I saw the trailer in a theater it reminded me of a “King of the Hill” episode. A lot. Mike Judge always gets there first. Oct. 9.

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | Comments Off on Movie Preview: “Yellow Rose,” the immigrant experience and country music dreams

Movie Preview: Is “OVER THE MOON” Netflix’s Best Animated feature Oscar contender?

Glen Keane, from Disney Animation’s Second Golden Age, directed, and Pearl Studios, aka “Oriental Dreamworks” (“Kung Fu Panda”) did this, which looks several cuts above the usual mixed bag of Netflix animated films. Coming shortly to Netflix, and to the … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | Comments Off on Movie Preview: Is “OVER THE MOON” Netflix’s Best Animated feature Oscar contender?

Series Preview: Chess, madness and sex appeal — “The Queen’s Gambit”

A Cold War period piece starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Bill Camp. Looks delicious. Read my review of “The Queen’s Gambit” here.

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | Comments Off on Series Preview: Chess, madness and sex appeal — “The Queen’s Gambit”

Christina Ricci and Hamish Linklater work out “10 THINGS WE SHOULD DO BEFORE WE BREAK UP”

He’s twice her height, but sure, this could work. Feb. 10, just in time for Valentine’s.

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | Comments Off on Christina Ricci and Hamish Linklater work out “10 THINGS WE SHOULD DO BEFORE WE BREAK UP”

Nuttiest trailer ever? “Time Bandits (1981)”

Fight me.

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | Comments Off on Nuttiest trailer ever? “Time Bandits (1981)”

Movie Review: A career in fast food comes to an end, “Last Shift”

There’s a fast-food analogy for writer-director Andrew Cohn’s “The Last Shift” that’s too obvious to pass up. It’s gassy, not as nutritious as advertised, and in the end not at all filling. This is the debut fictional feature for the … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | Comments Off on Movie Review: A career in fast food comes to an end, “Last Shift”

Movie Preview: Did Guy Pearce steal “The Last Vermeer?”

This fall release covers some of the same ground as “Monuments Men” and the documentary “The Rape of Europa.” Looks intriguing.

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | Comments Off on Movie Preview: Did Guy Pearce steal “The Last Vermeer?”

Book Review: Disney animation history, this time seen through the women who made it great — “The Queens of Animation”

Writing for a newspaper in Disney Town, aka Orlando, the company’s long filmmaking history became one of my beats. If an animated classic was being re-released or offered up in a new medium (DVD, BluRay), I’d knock out a story … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news | Comments Off on Book Review: Disney animation history, this time seen through the women who made it great — “The Queens of Animation”