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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

I’m sorry, but if you don’t think that King Kong fighting a giant octopus is exciting, then you don’t have a pulse. Kong: Skull Island is the best time I’ve had at an action movie in quite a long time.  Here is a movie that I didn’t approach with a lot of anticipation — monster […]

| March 11, 2017
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Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #5: De Palma (2015)

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Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #5: De Palma (2015)

Brian De Palma was one of the pillars of the New Hollywood that flourished in the late 60s and early 70s, the time when the studio system was breaking down along with the production code.  The moviegoing public was getting bored with the dusty old product that the Hollywood elders were pumping out and so […]

| September 1, 2016
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Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #2: Other People (2016)

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Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #2: Other People (2016)

Other People opens with a scene that I won’t soon forget.  A family, at the worst moment in their lives gathers around the bed of the family matriarch who has just passed on after a long and lingering battle with cancer.  In the midst of their sorrow the dearly departed gets a message on the […]

| August 29, 2016
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Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #1: Little Men (2016)

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Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #1: Little Men (2016)

Attending The Sidewalk Film Festival this year was not only the chance to attend a spectacular event, but it was also a chance to catch up on great films away from the multiplex tentpole movies that are souring the American market.  For two days I was able to enjoy a great many documentaries and independents […]

| August 29, 2016
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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Batman: The Killing Joke clears up the most aggravating problem that I have with the latest glut of superhero movies – the producers always seem afraid to let their characters be characters.  As much as I’ve praised the recent spate of Marvel movies, I must admit that underneath my admiration there always rests a tiny […]

| July 25, 2016
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Ghostbusters (2016)

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Ghostbusters (2016)

Well . . . at the very least you can say it’s better than Ghostbusters 2. Amid all the gnashing and biting over this movie in the past two years, I have tried to remain mum about it.  The movie is unnecessary, for sure, but in the end it isn’t the disaster that the naysayers […]

| July 14, 2016
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Lights Out (2016)

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Lights Out (2016)

Is it odd to suggest that a movie that only runs 81 minutes might need trimming?  That thought occurred to me all through Lights Out a nugatory little horror outing that has a clever premise but is padded out with loads of uninteresting characters and family drama that, truth be told, only gets in the […]

| July 14, 2016
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The Neon Demon (2016)

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The Neon Demon (2016)

“She’s a diamond among a sea of glass,” says a fashion designer of the pretty but not outrageously remarkable ingénue who has just arrived in L.A. to be part of its haughty fashion scene.  Her name is Jesse and she stands out yet it is hard at first to figure out why.  The body isn’t remarkable, […]

| June 28, 2016
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