Film Review: Detroit

July 28, 2017

Bigelow’s intense, harrowing film remains fiercely relevant “It’s hard to believe this could happen in America,” a character says in Detroit, director Kathryn Bigelow’s grim but brilliantly effective new film about the 1967 Detroit riots and their aftermath. But for those of us watching exactly 50 years later, such believing is all too easy — […]

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Film Review: Dunkirk

July 21, 2017

Dunkirk: powerful and memorable In Christopher Nolan’s astonishing new film Dunkirk, we follow a major battle early in World War II through the struggles of a number of soldiers, sailors, and airmen as they attempt a massive retreat from France across the English channel in the face of constant German attacks. Though the events of that […]

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Film Review: Lady Macbeth

July 21, 2017

What’s done cannot be undone: And that’s the way she wants it If Lady Macbeth is remembered for anything after its initial release today, it will be for introducing the mostly unknown British actress Florence Pugh to the world. Just 19 years old when she made the film, Pugh, in the picture’s title role, is […]

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Film Review: A Ghost Story

July 14, 2017

Should the spirit move you to see this movie, ignore it  Boo! Sorry if I startled you, but such an opening seems appropriate for a review of A Ghost Story, writer/director David Lowery’s new film about, yes, a ghost – replete in Casper-esque white sheet with eyeholes and all. But this ghost isn’t exactly friendly; […]

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Film Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

July 6, 2017

The ultimate movie-by-committee goes for spectacular, but is less than amazing Sometimes a movie has a story to tell, and sometimes it doesn’t. This movie doesn’t. It has a purpose, for sure. It has a goal in mind and it competently makes every effort to get there, and objectively, it does. Unfortunately, the goal was […]

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Film Review: The Beguiled

June 30, 2017

Coppola returns to form with seductive Southern gothic drama  In its 70-year history, the Cannes Film Festival has only awarded its Best Director prize to a female director twice; the first was in 1961 (to Soviet filmmaker Yuliya Solntseva for Chronicle of Flaming Years, a tale of Nazi resistance in the Soviet Union), and the […]

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Film Review: Okja

June 28, 2017

Welcome to the animal funny farm She has eyes the color of sunlit amber. She has a face that always reflects your best mood. Just being near her, feeling the warmth of her body as you wake up from an afternoon nap, sends waves of serenity through you. Sometimes, when you’re not sure where she […]

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Film Feature: A Few Minutes with Edgar Wright and Ansel Elgort from Baby Driver

June 27, 2017”>Nike

Edgar Wright’s newest film, Baby Driver, is a labor of love, many years in the making. The film would be a typical action crime drama were it not made by Wright, who is anything but typical. Instead, we get a creatively inspired film that takes this oft repeated form and adds a magical twist, which is that […]

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Film Review: Transformers: The Last Knight

June 21, 2017

This movie goes for Big Dumb Fun, and is certainly big and dumb A few years back, I wrote a “live blog” of Transformers 4: I Can’t Remember the Subtitle, the first in the Michael Bay x Hasbro series of films to star Mark Wahlberg. It was a pretty silly movie, but looked amazing in IMAX […]

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Film Review: The Book of Henry

June 16, 2017

Several different movies, crashing together; in other words, it’s a multi-car pile-up What if veteran comic book writer Gregg Hurwitz wrote a superhero origin story about a single mom, combined it with a treacly family drama about a cancer-stricken kid, and crossed that with a darkly comedic satire about cinematic depictions of gifted children? Well, […]

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