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Elle (France)

Taboo subject cinema that isn’t that revolting, but I just happen to think it’s bonkers. Elle (France, in English subtitles) is a steely, career-driven woman who gets […]


Love and Death on Long Island (1998)

This is the John Hurt obscurity that became an essential must-see following the actors’ death. Love and Death on Long Island (1998) is a character study of a stuffy Brit longing for the unattainable […]



When it comes to the urban downtrodden of America I am now smarter and more enlightened. Moonlight is one of those rare movies that transports you to a place where the people are just above the poverty line […]


Get Out

One of the most brilliantly written horror films as there has ever been (only the final exchanges of dialogue, while passable, fall short of inspiration). Get Out regardless is easily a pop phenomenon […]


Nocturnal Animals DVD Review

What to make of Nocturnal Animals, a film that could be accused of being baffling if it also wasn’t so mesmerizing! A second look on DVD and Blu-Ray not only gets one to see the more lucid connections of the inner story […]


Hidden Figures

Glowing biopic about the black mathematical geniuses who worked at NASA in the late 1950’s and 1960’s at a discount pay grade. And they weren’t just black, they were – gasp! – women! Hidden Figures has a terrific screenplay […]


La La Land

Old-fashioned heaven meets the contemporary. La La Land is without a doubt a classic movie musical, one that enchants breezily, and yet it hits me personally in quite a number of special ways. First, I realized […]


The Band Wagon (1953)

“Singin’ in the Rain” is supposed to be my all-time favorite musical, and everybody else’s too, but after awhile I knew it by heart so well I was happy to stumble upon a new favorite. The Band Wagon (1953) a dozen viewings later is […]



It was almost worth watching until it was not. Passengers is the future-set outer space picture where the hunky lunkhead Chris Pratt comes out of hibernation ninety years early before the spacecraft occupied […]


Rogue One

Choppily edited throughout that I wonder how I’m supposed to enjoy it? Any of it? Get my drift? Rogue One is just like any other “Star Wars” movie except it having no rhythm in scene transitions […]



I tried to convince myself for awhile that I saw a good movie, but I just couldn’t do it. Allied is a World War II film not based on any specific true story […]


Manchester by the Sea

Do we really need an extreme downer about a man who cannot lift himself up? The tough sell Manchester by the Sea is the exact film of devastation and grief that most […]