Category: Movie Reviews

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Softie

Sam Soko’s “Softie” opens on a tumultuous scene of preparation. Activists and demonstrators in Nairobi, Kenya, are rounding up stray pigs to paint the names of corrupt politicians. Once on the street, the now...

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The Nest

Is there any hope for Rory and Allison? That’s the question at the heart of “The Nest,” a wrenching, beautiful drama about a married couple that relocates from upstate New York to a drafty old estate outside of...

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Blackbird

Three generations get together for a Christmas dinner at an impeccably tasteful house overlooking a beach. As often happens in real-life family gatherings as well as movie versions, there will be warm laughter about...

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Infidel

There’s a lot going for “Infidel” and there’s quite a bit against it. The movie wants to be two different things. The first half has very little resemblance to the second half. Written and...

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Alone

The first 30 minutes or so of Joe Hyams’ “Alone” are promising. Jessica (Jules Willcox) packs up her U-Haul trailer and moves out of Portland, Oregon for parts unknown. Whatever parts they are, they’re...

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Teenage Badass

“Teenage Badass” is the kind of slacker comedy I normally love, the kind whose urgency stems from an affable, but naïve protagonist’s vain attempts at breaking into a subculture that he identifies with, but...

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Lost Girls and Love Hotels

“Lost Girls and Love Hotels” plays like the result of a collision between “Lost in Translation,” “Looking for Mr. Goodbar” and the entire “Fifty Shades of Grey” saga. Actually, I probably shouldn’t say that...

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Small Axe: Lovers Rock

The ladies are in the kitchen cooking. As they chop and simmer, they suddenly break into song. It’s a tender lover’s lament, rendered a capella, with a high note that one of the women...

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Antebellum

“Antebellum” has aspirations of mind-blowing narrative complexity along the lines of an M. Night Shyamalan movie, but instead leaves you stunned in a WTF-did-I-just-watch sort of daze. And not in an enjoyable way, as...

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Residue

“Residue” is a very apt title for the debut feature of writer/director, Merawi Gerima. We don’t see the title until the film ends, but I believe the first time we hear it, it’s spoken...