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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Movie Reviews: New Releases for July 10

Greyhound, The Old Guard, Palm Springs, Relic and more
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets ***1/2 The concept is so simple, it's almost comical: Bill and Turner Ross (Tchoupitoulas, Western) spend 24 hours at a Las Vegas dive bar called Roaring 20s, which also happens to be the last 24 hours before the bar closes its doors for the last time. Except it’s not so simple, because they shot their “documentary” in New Orleans with a non-professional “cast.” With their signature observational style, the Ross brothers introduce us to collection of employees and regulars as indelible as any fictional creation: Shay, the tough bartender who's also trying to keep an eye on her teen son; David, perpetually looking to get someone to fight him; Pam, who's proud enough of her “60-year-old titties” to show them off; and especially Michael, an ex-actor who for all practical purposes lives at the bar.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Movie Reviews: New Releases for June 26

Eurovision Song Contest, My Spy, Irresistible and more
The Audition *** In a character study that walks a precarious tightrope between ambiguous and merely opaque, it’s left to the acting subtlety of Nina Hoss to find safe ground—which she’s more than capable of accomplishing. Hoss plays Nina, a violin teacher at a Berlin conservatory who takes a passionate interest in mentoring scholarship student Alexander (Ilja Monti), even to the detriment of her relationships with her husband (Simon Akbarian) and young son, Jonas (Serafin Mishiev).

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Movie Reviews: New Releases for June 19

7500, Miss Juneteenth, Babyteeth, My Darling Vivian, For They Know Not What They Do
7500 ***1/2 Not gonna lie, folks: It’s a tricky one dealing with a story built around Islamist terrorist hijackers But first-time feature director Patrick Vollrath—who co-wrote the script with Senad Halilbasic—crafts such a profoundly intense experience that it’s hard to shake. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Tobias Ellis, the first officer on a Berlin-to-Paris flight left alone and wounded to deal with the aftermath when hijackers attempt to storm the cockpit.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Get Well with Shea Freedom

Live streams have kind of … dropped off in recent weeks, as it seems many people across the country have been taken up either by participating in protests or keeping tabs on them online.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Movie Reviews: New Releases for June 12

Artemis Fowl, King of Staten Island, Da 5 Bloods, Sometimes Always Never
Artemis Fowl *1/2 Those who know Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl YA fantasy book series know the titular 12-year-old protagonist as a “criminal mastermind”—and without that anti-heroic edge, it’s hard to know what the hell was the point of this flaccid movie adaptation. Here, young Artemis (Ferdia Shaw) lives with his widowed antiquities-dealer father (Colin Farrell) in their seaside Irish mansion, and soon learns that Dad’s infatuation with the lore of fairies, dwarves and such is based on their very-real existence when a mysterious figure kidnaps Artemis Sr. and holds him for ransom for a super-powerful magical whatchamacallit.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Movie Reviews: New Releases for June 4

The Hottest August **1/2 I’m not saying director Brett Story came up with a title and an approach for this documentary, then assumed that the result would be something profound; I am saying it wouldn’t surprise me to discover that was the case. The Canadian-born filmmaker takes a wide-ranging journey through New York City in August 2017, stopping along the way to interview a broad demographic and socioeconomic range of people-on-the-street—from underemployed college grads to working-class folks, from single mothers to skater bros—asking them their expectations and concerns about the future.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Holiday Weekend Music Update

Virtual Fest for S&S Before Ritt Momney got their start as indie darlings on the rise, they were playing shows at Kilby Court, just like any other small local band.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

King's English hosts virtual conversation with John Grisham

If you were a regular attendee at author events hosted by The King's English, you've probably been going through a bit of withdrawal (along with withdrawal from many other kinds of gatherings).

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Movie Reviews: New Releases for May 15

The Vast of Night, Clementine, Up from the Streets and more
Clementine *** “Coming of age” might not be the first descriptor that comes to mind for a story focusing on a woman in her 20s, but the way writer/director Lara Jean Gallagher incorporates that idea into her psychological drama is a lot of what makes it work. Otmara Merrero plays Karen, a 20-something woman unmoored by the breakup of her relationship with an older professional artist.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Summer Events: Cancellation Avalanche

Seasonal events announce cancellations due to coronavirus pandemic
Some parts of the state have begun to open up in the month of May, but any notion that the summer promises a return to normalcy has been erased by a swath of event cancellations early this week.

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