Drama

Phantom Thread (2017)

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Phantom Thread (2017)

Reynolds Woodcock is a genius with a needle and thread.  As London’s top designer he works in women’s fashion the way that most artists work in water colors or clay.  From this medium he exudes a mastery of the art in its purest form, shaping and sizing a woman’s body into a garment that looks […]

| January 25, 2018
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I, Tonya (2017)

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I, Tonya (2017)

I don’t really give much thought to Tonya Harding.  To be honest, there really isn’t much to think about.  I know the bare bones of her 25 year-old scandal which I hardly paid attention to even then.  I know she was tossed out of the United States Figure Skating Association over an assault on Nancy […]

| December 9, 2017
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017)

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017)

It is disturbing how inherent violence is in the human collective.  It is a never-ending cycle that goes round and round and will continue to do so as long as humans stand on two legs and are able to chart the course of their own destiny.  The It is a hard fact that the movies […]

| December 5, 2017
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Battle of the Sexes (2017)

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Battle of the Sexes (2017)

I don’t know one thing about the sport of tennis.  In fact, I really don’t know much about sports at all.  I’m not averse to it; it just doesn’t really interest me.  That’s because I’m less interested in the game than I am in the people involved (with that, I find ESPN’s “30 for 30” […]

| November 15, 2017
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The Dinner (2017)

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The Dinner (2017)

By coincidence, just an hour before screening Owen Moverman’s The Dinner, I was talking with someone about Pulp Fiction.  The conversation took on an impressed tone as we reminisced about how Tarantino’s masterwork was a high-wire act of narrative pretzel-bending; twisting and turning and reversing back on itself, returning to the beginning of a particular […]

| November 14, 2017
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The 2017 Sidewalk Film Festival Reviews: The Strange Ones (2017)

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The 2017 Sidewalk Film Festival Reviews: The Strange Ones (2017)

To know me is to know that I am one of the most patient filmgoers you’ll ever meet.  I love the work of a director who is willing to take the time to build tension and allow his/her story time to breathe – I love a slow burn.  The reward, when the film is paced […]

| August 31, 2017
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Patriot’s Day (2016)

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Patriot’s Day (2016)

I’ll admit that I did not approach Peter Berg’s Patriot’s Day with a lot of enthusiasm, particularly given his lackluster product in the past.  His filmography constantly rides a B- whether he’s  patching together big-budget wannabes like Battleship and Hancock or delving into recent history with Lone Survivor and Deep Water Horizon.  It is the […]

| December 20, 2016
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Jackie (2016)

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Jackie (2016)

There is an odd musical cue at the very beginning of Pablo Larrain’s historical drama Jackie that sounds as if it might be more at home in a horror movie.  The best way to describe it is to ask you to imagine that the score is imitating an oncoming train.  This musical beat plays several […]

| November 29, 2016
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