Author Archive: Jerry Roberts

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

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John and the Hole (2020)

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John and the Hole (2020)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] John and the Hole is a movie with a lot of questions that need to be answered.  Yet, I’m afraid that when the story is finally concluded, the answers don’t present themselves.  Here is a […]

| August 29, 2021
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Carterland (2021)

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Carterland (2021)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Was Jimmy Carter a maligned genius?  History’s greatest monster?  Or was he merely a functionary who occupied the Oval Office and made no impact whatsoever?  The very strange contrast to the public image of Jimmy […]

| August 29, 2021
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Kubrick by Kubrick (2020)

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Kubrick by Kubrick (2020)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Walking into the new documentary Kubrick by Kubrick, it was hard not to be cynical.  I mean, what can the movie show me that I haven’t already seen before?  After in-depth studies of Stanley Kubrick’s […]

| August 29, 2021
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Ema (2019)

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Ema (2019)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Pablo Larraine’s Ema opens with one of the most striking images that I can recall.  It’s nighttime on an empty street and we are looking at a stoplight on fire.  I hoped and prayed that […]

| August 29, 2021
We Need To Do Something (2021)

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We Need To Do Something (2021)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Oh yes!  We need to do something all right.  We need to teach Max Booth III how to write a damn screenplay! His work here is a prime example of how to screw up a […]

| August 29, 2021
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The Capote Tapes (2019)

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The Capote Tapes (2019)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Truman Capote was a jerk to his friends.  At least, that is the message that I took away from the new documentary The Capote Tapes which traces the life of one of the most famous […]

| August 28, 2021
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Ailey (2021)

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Ailey (2021)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] I’ll admit, I am always at a distance when it comes to ballet.  I know that I am suppose to pull my own interpretation into the routine to unlock the message that the dancer is […]

| August 28, 2021
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Whirlybird (2020)

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Whirlybird (2020)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Previous to seeing Matt Yoba’s documentary Whirlybird, I only knew Bob Tur as that guy who filmed O.J.’s infamous chase down the L.A. Freeway in his white Ford Broncho.  That’s a pretty lofty bit of […]

| August 28, 2021
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