Author: jose

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Where’s My Roy Cohn?

“Homosexuals have AIDS. I have liver cancer.” That corrosive line from Tony Kusher’s acclaimed play “Angels in America” is delivered by the character of Roy Cohn, a real person who was, in fact, gay, never...

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Always in Season

“Lynching was a message crime,” says Sherrilyn Ifill during her first appearance in  “Always in Season,” Jacqueline Olive’s harrowing documentary about the investigation of a teenager’s death. In 2014, 17-year old Lennon Lacy was found...

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Ad Astra

There have been numerous sci-fi films about people who had to go to the reaches of space to find truths within themselves but none quite like James Gray’s masterful “Ad Astra.” Thematically dense and...

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Rambo: Last Blood

In a desperate attempt to jog my memory about anything regarding “Rambo,” the 2008 attempt to revive Sylvester Stallone’s other notable film franchise, I went back to the review that I wrote when it...

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Downton Abbey

The star rating at the top of this review is not for people who don’t like “Downton Abbey,” have never seen it, or grew tired of watching it long before it finished its six-season run....

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Loro

It’s hard to judge a drama that’s as ambitious and personal as “Loro,” an Italian character study about Silvio Berlusconi, given that it’s missing a little more than an hour of footage. “Loro” was...

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Corporate Animals

Patrick Brice’s “Corporate Animals” is one of those comedies that never moves beyond its premise. It starts and ends with a company retreat that goes horribly awry. The only difference from the start of...

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Villains

There is an inherent level of tonal ambiguity baked into the home invasion thriller-cum-comedy “Villains,” the third feature collaboration of the filmmaking duo Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. Also serving as the co-scribes of...

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Bloodline

A strong sense of style and a promising premise are undone in a film that never quite figures out how to write itself out of its corner. Heavily inspired by the Dexter books by...

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Between Two Ferns: The Movie

“Between Two Ferns: The Movie” is one of the most amiable comedies of the year, even if it includes a joke where Zach Galifianakis asks a question out loud about Benedict Cumberbatch’s unusual mug—right...