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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Nov 082016
 
'Indignation' Review

"Indignation" is filmic storytelling at its best. It doesn't hurt that the film is based on a 2008 novel of the same name by Phillip Roth ("Goodbye, Columbus"), or that the director and screenwriter is James Schamus, who wrote the screenplays for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "The Ice Storm," "Eat Drink Man Woman" and "The … More

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Nov 012016
 
'Bad Moms' Review

"Bad Moms" is one of the better comedies of the year, a film that doesn't take itself, or its topic — overworked moms rebelling against the constraints of modern "helicopter" parenthood — too seriously. Instead it takes its characters and situations and pushes them to the extremes of comedic silliness. Mila Kunis takes the lead … More

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Oct 192016
 
'Cafe Society' Review

A shining gem amongst all the drek of this year's remakes and reimaginings. Woody Allen's latest bout of nostalgia — a witty, literate, loving, good natured and bittersweet look at life, love, dreams and aspirations — is set in the 1930s and follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg), the son of a jeweler, who travels … More

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Oct 042016
 
'The Purge: Election Year' Review

The third — and last entry –in the highly creative "Purge" trilogy, which began in 2013 with Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey's wealthy family being attacked by purgers on the only night of the year when any and all crimes –including murder — are legal. The second entry, "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014), revolves around three … More

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Aug 122016
 
'A Monster with a Thousand Heads' Review

"A Monster with a Thousand Heads" (2016 — Mexico) is a taut and efficient mix of thriller, drama and socio-political commentary from Mexican-based Uruguayan filmmaker Rodrigo Plá. When Sonia (Jana Raluy) receives the news that her husband's cancer has progressed to a terminal stage, she attempts to get insurance company approval for the care that … More

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Aug 092016
 
'The Tunnel' Review

"The Tunnel" (2016) is a British crime drama — from the makers of the Broadchurch series — set against the backdrop of Europe in crisis. When a prominent French politician is found dead in the middle of the Channel Tunnel, straddling the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck, played by Stephen Dillane … More

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Jun 082016
 
'Hail Caesar!' Review

"Hail Caesar!" continues Joel and Ethan Coen's deconstruction/reconstruction of Hollywood genres (following their takes on Westerns, spies , and music bios), here making a movie about moviemakers making movies, set in the dying days of the Golden Age of Hollywood. It's a comedy/satire filled with so many cinema memes you'll need a guidebook to keep … More

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Jun 082016
 
'Zootopia' Review

"Zootopia" is Disney's latest smash animated comedy adventure (more than $1 billion worldwide boxoffice) that is a delight for the kiddies and — despite a little too much silly cuteness — won't bore parents who have to go along for the ride. The story takes place in the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia, a city … More

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May 182016
 
'All or Nothing at All' in the Year of Sinatra

This month marks the 18th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest entertainers (and most certainly the greatest singer) of the 20th century: Frank Sinatra. Since we're still in the year celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sinatra's birth, I thought it apropos to take a look at Alex Gibney's wonderful documentary on ol' … More

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May 042016
 
'Joy' Review

Director David O. Russell taps his company of regulars — Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper — to tell the real-life uplifting story of Joy Mangano, a divorced mother with three children in the early 1990s who decided to strike out on her own and invented the Miracle Mop, becoming a millionaire in the … More

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