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Friday, December 6, 2019

Movie Reviews: The Aeronauts, Honey Boy, Playmobil, Waves

Frankie, Knives and Skin
The Aeronauts **1/2 See feature review. Opens Dec. 6 at theaters valleywide.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

2020 Sundance Film Festival announces feature film program

Sundance alums and high-profile documentary subjects highlight the program announcement for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, opening Jan. 23, 2020 in Park City. Returnees include Eliza Hittman (Beach Rats, It Felt Like Love ) with the U.S. Dramatic Competition entry Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Justin Simien (Dear White People) with the Midnight film Bad Hair, Jeff Baena (Life After Beth) with Horse Girl, Josephine Decker (Madeline's Madeline) with Shirley, The Daniels  (Swiss Army Man) with Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia  and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) with a spin on Peter Pan in Wendy.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Movie Reviews: Knives Out, Honey Boy, Marriage Story

Honey Boy *** Next to Kristen Stewart, there hasn’t been an actor with a wackier career trajectory—from smart-ass kid star to rising matinee idol to scandal-attracting bad boy to fascinating indie player—than Shia LaBeouf. He goes semi-autobiographical for his latest project, which he also wrote.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Movie Reviews: The Irishman, Frozen II, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, 21 Bridges

21 Bridges *1/2 21 Bridges has the elements of a great thriller—a hardened detective, dirty cops, drugs, and beaucoup shootouts—but it also makes the mistake of assuming you’ve never before seen a movie about hardened detectives, dirty cops, drugs and beaucoup shootouts. Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman) is an NYPD detective who’s killed eight suspects in nine years, yet somehow still has a job.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Movie Reviews: Charlie's Angels, Ford v. Ferrari, The Report, The Good Liar

The Warrior Queen of Jhansi, Radioflash, Fantastic Fungi, No Safe Spaces
The Cave **** Pediatrician Dr. Amani Ballour is a hero(ine) for our times, one whom most of us in the West cannot even fathom the sacrifice, bravery and audacity of, though this harrowing documentary does an excellent job of trying to convey it. Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad (last year’s Oscar-nominated Last Men in Aleppo—is a fly-on-the-bombstruck-wall in besieged Al-Ghouta, outside Damascus, as Ballour and her coworkers try to keep their ramshackle hospital running.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Movie Reviews: Doctor Sleep, Midway, Last Christmas, Pain and Glory, Making Waves

Doctor Sleep *** See feature review.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Movie Reviews: Terminator: Dark Fate, Motherless Brooklyn, Jojo Rabbit

Harriet, Parasite, First Love
Arctic Dogs [not yet reviewed] Animated adventure about a fox (Jeremy Renner) trying to stop a plan for world domination. Opens Nov. 1 at theaters valleywide.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Movie Reviews: The Lighthouse, Dolemite Is My Name, Black and Blue, Countdown

Paradise Hills, The Current War, Where's My Roy Cohn?
Black and Blue ** Earnest social consciousness and gritty exploitation thriller make for an awkward pairing in this story of Alicia West (Naomie Harris), a rookie African-American New Orleans cop who captures a crooked narcotics officer (Frank Grillo) on her body-cam in the act of murdering someone, then has to run for her life from her own colleagues to preserve the evidence. Peter A. Dowling’s screenplay sets up the promising notion of West as an outsider now in the rough neighborhood where she grew up, having to earn back the trust of her old friends after choosing the side they perceive as the enemy.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Movie Reviews: Maleficent 2, Zombieland: Double Tap, Becoming Nobody

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Becoming Nobody **1/2 Director Jamie Catto clearly considers himself a student of spiritual teacher Ram Dass, a point of view generating a documentary that’s unusual both for the better and for the worse. There’s no attempt at cradle-to-grave narrative exploring how the American-born psychologist (né Richard Alpert) graduated from psychedelic experimentation with Timothy Leary to learning at the feet of Neem Karoli Baba in India.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Movie Review: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Thematic ambition gets lost in the need to deliver fantasy spectacle
It’s a sneaky-clever, and possibly misleading, bit of business to give the Maleficent sequel the sub-title Mistress of Evil. After all, wasn’t the horned fairy (Angelina Jolie) redeemed in 2014’s Maleficent, transformed by her love for Aurora (Elle Fanning), the princess/adopted daughter she had sworn in a fit of vengeful rage to put to sleep forever?

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