Monthly Archives: February 2021

Movie Preview: A first look at Disney and Pixar’s “Luca”

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Next screening? “Tom & Jerry,” the movie

Let’s see how this works out. Warner Brothers sent a screener in the wee hours of the morning, and I know from past experience that their screener system is one of limitless limitations (Smart TVs…and Android phones? WTF?). But it … Continue reading

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Documentary Review — “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry”

Wise is the pop star who knows how to preserve a little mystery about themselves, even in the age of “over-sharing” and the microscope that is social media. Her most obsessed fans can find out bits of this and that. … Continue reading

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“Mortal Kombat” red band trailer sets viewership records

Yes, this looks as generically “contest” oriented as way too many martial arts thrillers and a lot of video game adaptations as well. But this R Rated run through the XBox or Playstation but not Wii of gamefan’s wet dreams … Continue reading

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Movie Review: More facets of the Opioid crisis underscore this thriller — “Crisis”

“Crisis” is an opioid thriller that comes out on the heels of “Body Brokers,” more of an explanatory drama about the other end of this pharmaceutical calamity — addiction’s rehab racket. “Body” angles to be a “Blow” on this broader … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Haunted by his dead wife “As Long as We Both Shall Live?”

Here’s a drab little romance about a guy who might not be ready to “get back out there” because his late wife’s still in his head. Literally. He starts seeing her ghost. And Sarah (Yael Stone) took those vows seriously, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Tom Holland, a medic turned addict/bank-robber — “Cherry”

Film is still, a hundred years into “talkies,” a visual medium. Few things fly more in the face of that than a movie whose screenplay is largely a long run of monologues. If a voice-over narration is your idea of … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: The Unholy Evangelicals/Israeli alliance donating and agitating “‘Til Kingdom Come”

The English scientist Michael Faraday is worth quoting as Gospel while taking in “‘Til Kingdom Come,” a new Israeli-made documentary. “There’s nothing quite as frightening as someone who knows they are right.” The film is about the unsettling alliance between … Continue reading

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Kenneth Branagh IS Boris Johnson in “This Sceptered Isle”

Michael Winterbottom, one of my favorite directors, leaves behind Coogan and Bryson “Trip” comedies and gets back to the political thrillers he’s best at with this upcoming film. He did “Welcome to Sarejevo,” “The Road to Guantanamo” and “A Mighty … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Stylist” could use a trim

There are few things more maddening than sitting through a thriller that should work, that has the requisite elements in place, and just doesn’t. “The Stylist” is about a lonely, awkward and murderous hair dresser who drugs and scalps her … Continue reading

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