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Friday, November 2, 2018

Movie Reviews: Bohemian Rhapsody, Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Suspiria

Beautiful Boy, Nobody's Fool, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Posted By on November 2, 2018, 12:05 PM

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Yes, it's already time for holiday movies, as Disney re-imagines The Nutcracker, plus a few fact-based stories and one crazy-ass remake.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (pictured) adapts the familiar story into a hero-journey spectacle that never quite achieves the magic it aims for. Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake carves out its own unique brand of crazy that swings for the fences in its mix of allegory and viscera.

Eric D. Snider praises the prickly character study at the heart of Can You Ever Forgive Me? Tyler Perry's Nobody's Fool wastes a hilarious Tiffany Haddish on contrived plotting and dragged-out soap opera.

MaryAnn Johanson appreciates the emotional honesty about a family dealing with addiction even amidst the Hollywood glossiness of Beautiful Boy.

In this week's feature review, the potentially fascinating story of Freddie Mercury gets buried beneath music biopic cliches and Queen worship in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Also opening this week: a selection of short films from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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Scott Renshaw

Scott Renshaw

Scott Renshaw has been a City Weekly staff member since 1999, including assuming the role of primary film critic in 2001 and Arts & Entertainment Editor in 2003. Scott has covered the Sundance Film Festival for 25 years, and provided coverage of local arts including theater, pop-culture conventions, comedy, literature,... more

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