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‘Filmworker’ Shows Why Perfection Was Kubrick’s Only Goal
2 weeks ago

‘Filmworker’ Shows Why Perfection Was Kubrick’s Only Goal

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The first thing you hear in Tony Zierra’s documentary “Filmworker” is Leon Vitali’s voice.

It’s striking how familiar, gravelly but soothing, friendly yet authoritative his voice is. For fans of …
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Why ‘Wild at Heart’ Is a Love Letter to America, Warts and All
1 month ago

Why ‘Wild at Heart’ Is a Love Letter to America, Warts and All

By  •  Reviews, Movies

David Lynch’s “Wild At Heart” is about two lovers, Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) and Lulu Fortune (Laura Dern).

Their tender, youthful and sex-crazed romance is constantly hindered by the presence …
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Robbie’s ‘Terminal’ Is Sexist, Self Defeating and Quite Absurd
1 month ago

Robbie’s ‘Terminal’ Is Sexist, Self Defeating and Quite Absurd

By  •  Reviews, Movies

The establishing scenes of writer/director Vaughn Stein’s debut feature film, “Terminal” are stunningly shot but purposely made vague.

We meet Annie, a femme fatale (there’s no better way to describe …
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How Sluzier’s ‘The Vanishing’ Changed Road Trips Forever
2 months ago

How Sluzier’s ‘The Vanishing’ Changed Road Trips Forever

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Every time I go on a road trip with my wife, I’d always bring up a 1988 Dutch thriller as a word of caution.

After driving for hours, we’d stop …
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Why ‘Up in Smoke’ (Still) Offends Just About Everyone
2 months ago

Why ‘Up in Smoke’ (Still) Offends Just About Everyone

By  •  Reviews, Movies

“Up in Smoke’ remains, to this day, a comedy classic. I can tell because I have received a big check every year for 30 years.”

– Cheech Marin, …
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Why ‘Flower’ Will Make You Cringe … and Cheer Its Star
3 months ago

Why ‘Flower’ Will Make You Cringe … and Cheer Its Star

By  •  Reviews, Movies

In the opening scene of Max Winkler’s “Flower,” the premise is firmly and shockingly established.

Erica (Zoey Deutch) and her friends are young teens with a successful moneymaking scheme. While …
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How ‘The ‘Burbs’ Trumps ‘Suburbicon’ In Every Way Possible
3 months ago

How ‘The ‘Burbs’ Trumps ‘Suburbicon’ In Every Way Possible

By  •  Reviews, Movies

A couple of years ago, I took my dog on a walk and caught one of my neighbors digging a hole in their back yard.

I wouldn’t have thought much …
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‘Gate II’ Blu-ray Brings the B-Movie Chills (And More)
3 months ago

‘Gate II’ Blu-ray Brings the B-Movie Chills (And More)

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Tibor Takacs’ 1987 horror hit “The Gate” may be forever remembered as an amusing footnote in the infamous “Ishtar” saga.

“Ishtar” was a lavish, problem-laden production starring Warren Beatty and …
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Why ‘The Forgiven’ Can’t Measure Up to the Historical Record
3 months ago

Why ‘The Forgiven’ Can’t Measure Up to the Historical Record

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Following the end of Apartheid and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu led the post-Apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“The Forgiven” portrays a fictional …
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Why ‘Hell Night’ Is Far More than a ‘Carpetbagger Cash-In’
6 months ago

Why ‘Hell Night’ Is Far More than a ‘Carpetbagger Cash-In’

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Tom DeSimone’s 1981 horror cult classic “Hell Night” begins, appropriately enough, with a scream.

From there, we’re provided a long tracking shot (back when these things were done without digital …
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