Drama

To Leslie (2022)

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To Leslie (2022)

Let us, first, deal the controversy over the Oscar campaign that boosted Andrea Riseborough to a Best Actress nomination.  I have to admit that I entered into To Leslie with fists balled up, waiting to dismiss her in the wake of the non-nominations for Viola Davis for The Woman King and Danielle Deadwyler for Till […]

| February 18, 2023
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Bones and All (2022)

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Bones and All (2022)

Seven minutes into Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of Bones and All, there’s a violent assault to which may scare most people.  A teenager sneaks out to a slumber party and, while playing on the floor with another girl, bites the skin off of her index finger.  There is screaming, blood, chaos and afterwards she and her father […]

| December 6, 2022
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Breaking (2022)

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Breaking (2022)

Watching Abi Darmas Corbin’s bank heist thriller Breaking, it is hard for your brain not to travel back nearly half a century to Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon.  Both films are about otherwise descent men pushed to brink, who recklessly hold up a bank in the middle of the afternoon busy hours and find themselves […]

| August 29, 2022
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Summering (2022)

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Summering (2022)

The opening scenes of Summering got on my nerves.  If there’s anything that irritates me it is yet another movie about a group of friends on the cusp of growing up who are experiencing that tipping point before a measure of maturity becomes their beast of burden.  After this “nothing will ever be the same again.”  […]

| August 18, 2022
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Girl Picture (2022)

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Girl Picture (2022)

I learned early in my life, thanks to the late-great World Book encyclopedia, that there are some parts of the northern world in which the sun never rises above the horizon for several months out the year.  The closer that you are to the Arctic Circle, the longer the period will last.  This is something […]

| August 18, 2022
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Elvis (2022)

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Elvis (2022)

We are coming into a time now in which the ubiquitous nature of Elvis Presley’s life and career are beginning to fade from common knowledge.  The current generation is less likely to understand the impact that Presley wrought upon American’s conservative mid-century landscape, a landscape that demanded conformity on all things racial, sexual, musical and […]

| June 25, 2022
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Miracle (2022)

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Miracle (2022)

Bogdan George Apetri’s Miracle tells two stories, the first much more engrossing than the second, and then arrives at an ending that I am still not able to piece together.  All together this is never an uninteresting film, but when you try and piece it back together in your mind afterwards, you may have some […]

| June 7, 2022
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Emergency (2022)

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Emergency (2022)

It would not surprise me if Carey Williams’ Emergency somehow found itself among the year’s Best Picture nominees next January. I know, I know.  That’s a bold statement, but I want to make sure that I’m not misunderstood.  It’s not that I think that Emergency is a grand achievement or anything.  I think its a very good film […]

| May 28, 2022
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