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Sorry To Bother You

If you’re looking for an offbeat surrealist comedy, then Sorry to Bother You is one you have to see this year. You don’t get to see experimental indies too often anymore that are both outrageous yet coherent, and where writer/director Boots Riley scores satirical points is on issues of […]

 
 

Leave No Trace

It is an interesting film at least from the outset, and it has some compelling shots, but I was left feeling why do I need this? The father character Will (Ben Foster) deliberately has an impenetrable mind in Leave No Trace. He raises his daughter Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) in the woods […]

 
 

Scarecrow (1973)

We have seen all types of Al Pacino performances that suggest the breadth of his range. I hadn’t seen Scarecrow (1973) since I was 12-years old, but returning to it, I seemed to have gotten the final piece of the puzzle that truly defines the wizardry acting of Pacino […]

 
 

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Emotionally enveloping. We live in a time when it’s mission impossible to find a human being as much a genuine article as Fred Rogers, and that feeling is even more reconfirmed while watching the documentary of his life Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Nearly six decades are deftly covered […]

 
 

Hereditary

Last year we had “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “Get Out,” “Raw” and “Happy Death Day.” This year, it’s even way better, we have “Annihilation” and now Hereditary. It can’t possibly be too early to say […]

 
 

Ocean’s 8

If my mind is only half turned on, then Ocean’s 8 is the kind of decent yarn I’m willing to stretch back and watch. George Clooney gathered a humongous cache due to the Ocean movies he did in the 2000’s even though only the first one has ever held up to repeat viewings. He’s gone – just referred to – and Sandra Bullock as his character’s sister […]

 
 

Adrift

Some movies can be like a dozen before it, such as the survivalist in mother nature drama, and it can still be good enough to surrender to: gripping hang onto your life drama that’s full of gasps. Adrift is a familiar lost at sea picture […]

 
 

Upgrade

The not bad but not quite good enough Upgrade features the fairly charismatic Logan Marshall-Green (whose low-budget horror creeper “The Invitation” I do heartily recommend) as a man of the future named Grey Trace whose life is put through the ringer […]

 
 

First Reformed

Ethan Hawke is a priest with a crisis of conscience, and yet he is supposed to lead the celebration of when his church has its’ upcoming two hundred and fiftieth anniversary. It’s amazing it still stands since its held together by outside donations, while the modernized Abundant Life Church down the road is the one that’s popular and thriving. I’m thinking at first, how is First Reformed […]

 
 

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Another overplotted Star Wars fable. Solo: A Star Wars Story is also weighed down by the impossible task of making actor Alden Ehrenreich into a plausible young Hans Solo portrayal, which is not pulled off […]

 
 

Filmworker

Absolutely necessary for any card-carrying member of the Stanley Kubrick cult. Filmworker profiles Leon Vitali, a handsome raw and loose Mick Jagger type, who in the mid-seventies landed a role in Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon.” On set he impressed the master so much that […]

 
 

Deadpool 2

I’m still shocked – yet not really, more like disappointed – that our culture is not burned out with superhero movie fatigue. I sure am. Despite having been overfed with superhero junk, I was taken for a loop when I fell for the offbeat R-rated Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool two years ago. Now we’re back, and while Deadpool 2 is not as fresh, we still get the same foul-mouthed […]