Drama

The Mother (2023)

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The Mother (2023)

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Netflix releases Niki Caro’s Lion-Mom action picture The Mother, which is about an unfussy and unchallenging as an expensive, high-gloss paint-by-numbers action movie can get.  Its an odd choice from a director previously responsible for more cerebral fare like Whale Rider and North Country. The Mother stars Jennifer Lopez […]

| May 12, 2023
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Dead Ringers (2023)

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Dead Ringers (2023)

The most refreshing thing about Amazon Prime’s Dead Ringers, the new 6-part miniseries based on David Cronenberg’s 1988 thriller is that it has a reason to be.  At a moment when everything is being remade, rebooted and repackaged, it is nice to find familiar subject matter that has a clever twist and ties in our […]

| May 3, 2023
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Beau is Afraid (2023)

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Beau is Afraid (2023)

In the wake of two grand horror epics, Hereditary and Midsommar, director Ari Aster was asked what he might be doing next.  He hinted that he might want to try a comedy – something a bit away from his previous work.  That’s probably best.  I think, by this point, he’s pretty much sapped the horror […]

| April 26, 2023
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One True Loves (2023)

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One True Loves (2023)

I read a lot of books, and in trying to find something that strikes my fancy, my eyes often glaze across the name Taylor Jenkins Reid.  Knowing the genre that she works in – easily digestible romantic hoo-ha with no beef on it whatsoever – I glaze across the covers and generally keep moving.  Now, […]

| April 14, 2023
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Creed III (2023)

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Creed III (2023)

My nerves jangle every time a new extension of the Rocky series comes around.  Will this be the one to kill the series?  I have seen it happen before – Rocky IV!  Rocky V!  When will it run out of energy?  Fortunately, ever since Stallone decided to bring the series back down to Earth with […]

| March 3, 2023
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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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