Author Archive: Jerry Roberts

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

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Obi-Wan Kenobi, the first step into a . . . larger world?

Obi-Wan Kenobi, the first step into a . . . larger world?

I do not step into a new Star Wars property with light feet.  I’m an original fan, Class of ’77.  In fact, I’m a super-fan, as is my wife.  We’re crazy for this stuff.  You should see our living room.  The occasion of anything new always comes with a bit of excitement, and the new […]

| May 27, 2022
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Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers (2022)

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Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers (2022)

The tagline for Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers proudly announces that “It’s not reboot, it’s a comeback.” Actually it’s a confusing morass of both, plus an update, a remake, a follow-up, a rehash, and a badly rendered nostalgic day-trip.  I challenge anyone to nail down exactly what this movie is. My interpretation is that it is […]

| May 21, 2022
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George Carlin’s American Dream (2022)

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George Carlin’s American Dream (2022)

I have a feeling that if George Carlin had espoused his views in any medium other than comedy, then he might have been assassinated.  Yet, because his views were couched in the comforts of the format of stand-up, his tirades against such collar-tugging issues as politics, religion, sex, death, greed, corruption and the general backwards […]

| May 20, 2022
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Senior Year (2022)

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Senior Year (2022)

Netflix’s Senior Year is an annoying hi-concept comedy that takes a potentially interesting premise and waterlogs it with bad sitcom-style writing.  An overcaffeinated 12-year-old could have written this. The subject in question is what happens when a high school senior gets into an accident, slips into a coma and wakes up 20 years later suddenly […]

| May 14, 2022
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The Innocents (2021)

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The Innocents (2021)

Norwegian director Eskil Vogt got a double-honor at this year’s Academy Awards, first by getting a writing nomination along with his collaborator Joachim Trier for The World Person in the World and also saw his film nominated for Best International Feature.  That film, about the adventures of a young woman that could easily be written […]

| May 13, 2022
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Pleasure (2021)

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Pleasure (2021)

Ninja Thyberg’s Pleasure is a movie whose overriding results lay in the eye of the beholder, dependent largely on what you’re willing to take.  This is an explicitly graphic but narratively spare NC-17 portrait of a young immigrant from Sweden who travels to the sunbaked coast of L.A. with the goal of building a career in […]

| May 11, 2022
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The Pod Bay Doors Movie Podcast: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

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The Pod Bay Doors Movie Podcast: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

| May 11, 2022
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Happening (2021)

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Happening (2021)

Audrey Diwan’s French drama Happening arrives in the United States at the very moment when the SCOTUS leak has led to raging protests over the possibility of overturning the historic Roe vs. Wade decision, giving individual states the right to control and even ban abortions, which, for the past 48 years, have remained legal.  If […]

| May 9, 2022
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