Category: Movie Reviews

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Midnight Mass

Mike Flanagan’s “Midnight Mass” sees the talented writer/director move from adapting Stephen King to crafting a project that feels so distinctly like one of the horror master’s works that even fans will wonder how...

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El Planeta

A mother-daughter bond shines through stark black-and-white cinematography and surreal humor in “El Planeta.” The debut feature from writer/director/star Amalia Ulman recalls the scrappy, low-budget look and feel of the movies that marked the...

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East of the Mountains

How the hell do you sell a slow, moody character study like “East of the Mountains”? Character actor Tom Skerritt takes the lead for once in this gentle, melancholic drama about an older man...

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Birds of Paradise

There’s really only one way to evaluate “Birds of Paradise,” and that is this: Is it better, worse, or as good as “Center Stage”?   Every generation gets one key ballet movie. The all-time best...

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The Most Beautiful Boy in the World

The documentary “The Most Beautiful Boy in the World” opens on a disturbing note: An aged Björn Andrésen, now 66 years old, walks slowly down a dilapidated, empty, blue-lit hallway. Paint is peeling from...

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Intrusion

“Intrusion” is the latest middling Netflix thriller to hit the streaming service, this one coming with the angle of being more about a marriage’s problems than a home invasion. Call it “Scenes from a...

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This is the Night

Having earned countless millions of dollars for Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures with “The Purge” and its sequels, writer/director James DeMonaco has been given the chance to make a film that is presumably closer to...

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

The stage-to-screen adaptation of “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” still keeps many of its theatrical stylings intact but it doesn’t make its core story any less affecting. It’s a familiar coming-of-age tale along the lines...

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Prisoners of the Ghostland

There’s something mighty bizarre with Sion Sono’s “Prisoners of the Ghostland,” unrelated to when Nicolas Cage screams, “I’ll karate chop you! Hi-f**king-ya!” Yes, there are fleeting delights to be had from this movie, especially...

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Civil War (Or, Who Do We Think We Are)

“Civil War (Or,Who Do We Think We Are” is an account of a country that broke apart and never really got back together. Written and directed by Rachel Boynton (“Our Brand is Crisis”), and shot over...