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Pain and Glory

They say write what you know. But if there’s one story I do not need from a storyteller it’s another indulgent confessional of a pained film director’s life as he searches for his creative bug again […]



Director Bong Joon Ho has made a diverse set of films from the true police procedural saga “Memories of Murder” to the sci-fi premise of people smooshed in on a futuristic train after the world freezes over in “Snowpiercer,” and in-between his most subtle and compelling “Mother” about an elder […]


The Lighthouse

Move over, all Oscar-winning black & white crapola from the twenty-first century. “The Lighthouse” has an eye-popping starkness of its New England milieu; it’s wet, cloudy, damp, musky […]


House (1977)

Social critic James Baldwin once said, that even when you had a soft spot for a movie’s message, all movies when it comes down to it are a narcotic to numb out the true reality […]


Angst (1983)

Angst, which disarms and unnerves us right away, is the everlasting controversial Austrian film about a killer released from prison who goes on a murder spree the same day he’s out […]



Joker has early scene pungency and it is obvious it contains a volcanic Joaquin Phoenix performance that should have us standing to applause. In addition, it contains a bleak […]


Ad Astra

Ad Astra is a gourmet popcorn adventure picture, although some might find it dark and despondent. Set in outer space in the near future, Brad Pitt (as astronaut Roy McBride) is called for top secret duty […]


sex, lies & videotape (1989)

The camera runs over concrete scored to frenzied guitar plucks, assuming its attached to a car moving somewhere fast and urgent. Then that man who steps out uses extra time […]



Diving right into the strip club milieu without batting an eye, the fervidly entertaining and scams unveiling Hustlers takes its true story premise very far. Constance Wu, as Destiny, is a sought-after “Scores!” type girl […]


Ready or Not

Wedding day festivities are romantic for about five minutes. Grace (Samara Weaving) marries into an unorthodox blueblood family with a family fortune in board games in Ready or Not, and they expect the bride to play midnight games […]


Where’d You Go, Bernadette

I was led on expecting an old fashioned women’s picture of a slightly stressed mom who needs a vacation or a flight of fancy and got hit with something heavier. Uh, uh, I mean ugh, somebody needs to give Cate Blanchett a tranquilizer and sedate […]


The Farewell

About 80 minutes into the deftly and emotionally supple 98-minute total of The Farewell, a major character darts out of a major family function and is seen running through […]