Author Archive: Jerry Roberts

Jerry Roberts is a film critic and operator of two websites, Armchair Cinema and Armchair Oscars.

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Late Night With the Devil

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Late Night With the Devil

Late Night With the Devil is as fascinating as it is frustrating.  It’s the same problem that I had with GHOSTBUSTERS FROZEN EMPIRE but, even at its flaws, I liked this one a lot better because even with its flaws, it is wildly entertaining and features a star-making performance by David Dastmalchian. Framed as a […]

| March 23, 2024
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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024)

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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024)

I saw Ghostbusters: Afterlife for the first time yesterday morning because I knew that I was going to see Frozen Empire today.  That film broke my heart.  It was laughless, listless, needless and retreated to an endless and frustrating series of callbacks to the first movie and recycled the plot without doing anything new with […]

| March 22, 2024
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The 96th Academy Awards: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? . . . or, at least, on Tuesday?

The 96th Academy Awards: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? . . . or, at least, on Tuesday?

The 96th Academy Awards are now in the history books.  Are they one for the ages?  Nah.  You’ll talk about it tomorrow, but by Tuesday you’ll have mostly forgotten about it. There was no physical violence.  The host shenanigans were mostly held in check.  The winners stuck more or less to the predictions (out of […]

| March 10, 2024
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My annual (and confidently accurate) Oscar predictions

My annual (and confidently accurate) Oscar predictions

My prediction accuracy remains about 90%, adding in for surprises.  This year, it’s best to best on Christopher Nolan and Oppenheimer. Best PictureThe Nominees:American Fiction | Anatomy of a Fall | Barbie | The Holdovers | Killers of the Flower Moon | Maestro | Oppenheimer | Past Lives | Poor Things | The Zone of […]

| March 9, 2024
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They Shot the Piano Player [Video Review]

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They Shot the Piano Player [Video Review]

| March 2, 2024
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They Shot the Piano Player (2024)

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They Shot the Piano Player (2024)

Spanish director Fernando Truaba is one of those filmmakers whose filmography would be the envy of any amount of unsuccessful but still aspiring young directors struggling to make a name for themselves.  His best-known work is 1992’s BELLE EPOQUE which brought him the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film.  I admire that film a great deal, […]

| March 1, 2024
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Madame Web (2024)

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Madame Web (2024)

Madame Web takes place in 2003, which is fitting because feels like it was MADE in 2003!  You know, before Disney really started to build the MCU and every superhero movie was trying and, in most cases, failing to be Tim Burton’s Batman? This movie feels like that on a junior league level.  The palette […]

| February 20, 2024
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God + Country (2024)

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God + Country (2024)

I have been very quick to knock any film for having a preaching-to-the-choir narrative, whether it is on the right or the left.  It’s hard to both-sides an issue anymore and keep the public’s attention.  Everyone, it seems, wants to hear what they want to hear. The struggle comes in making that narrative at least […]

| February 20, 2024
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