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Posts By Barry Wurst

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Why ‘Down a Dark Hall’ Is a Certified Dud
2 days ago

Why ‘Down a Dark Hall’ Is a Certified Dud

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Everyone in “Down A Dark Hall” is in need of redemption, and I’m not talking about the characters.

This Young Adult novel adaptation has a collection of great performers in …
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‘Keepers of the Magic’ Offers Long Overdue Praise
1 week ago

‘Keepers of the Magic’ Offers Long Overdue Praise

By  •  Reviews, Movies

Vic Sarin’s “Keepers of the Magic” interviews some of the greatest cinematographers who ever lived.

These artists’ contributions to cinema can, indeed, be described as magical.

While Sarin, a gifted …
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‘The Fugitive’ at 25: Why It’s Better Than Ever
2 weeks ago

‘The Fugitive’ at 25: Why It’s Better Than Ever

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Arriving at the tail end of the summer of 1993, “The Fugitive” seemed like a late-in-the-game long shot … until Warner Bros. unveiled that trailer.

Despite a busy summer of …
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‘Filmworker’ Shows Why Perfection Was Kubrick’s Only Goal
2 months ago

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

By  •  Reviews, Movies

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
3 months ago

Why ‘Wild at Heart’ Is a Love Letter to America

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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
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

By  •  Reviews, Movies

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 Stoner Classic ‘Up in Smoke’ (Still) Offends Us
4 months ago

Why Stoner Classic ‘Up in Smoke’ (Still) Offends Us

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“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
5 months ago

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

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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
5 months ago

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

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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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