Tag: film

The First Omen (2024)

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The First Omen (2024)

Let me start by saying that I did NOT see Michael Mohan’s IMMACULATE, which came out a few weeks ago and to which my fellow critics have labeled this Omen prequel a less-than stellar carbon copy.  Having not seen that film I feel that I can safely judge this movie on its own.  So, with […]

| April 14, 2024
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Roadhouse (2024)

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Roadhouse (2024)

Not that anyone cares, but there is a remake of Roadhouse that Amazon Prime has allowed to skip theaters I might presume because the studio was smart enough to know that this pointless 80s nostalgia retread is a difficult sell over the sequel powerhouses of GHOSTBUSTERS or DUNE PART TWO or KUNG FU PANDA 4.  […]

| April 12, 2024
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Animal Kingdom (2024)

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Animal Kingdom (2024)

I’ll admit, I don’t normally think of a Sci-Fi fantasy coming out of France, but . . . here we are.  Tim Cailly’s Animal Kingdom, which got a lot of kudos when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last yearworks because it takes it oddball premise and attaches it to a scenario that we […]

| April 12, 2024
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Late Night With the Devil

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Late Night With the Devil

Late Night With the Devil is about 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 […]

| March 23, 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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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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Vishniac (video review)

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Vishniac (video review)

| February 2, 2024
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Vishniac (2024)

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Vishniac (2024)

It is a little hard to walk into a documentary about The Holocaust anymore and not wonder what the latest entry is bringing to the conversation.  Holocaust documentaries are a crowded field; essential but crowded.  For me, the most successful are those that don’t cover the same ground.  The focus on the individual is not […]

| January 31, 2024
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