Thursday, August 5, 2021

Best movies of 2019 – first half

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No movie has blown my mind this year at this point in 2019, as it had last year (Best movies of 2018 – first...

Dark Phoenix: An Independent Ethos take on the Hollywood tent-pole

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Dark Phoenix, the latest X-Men movie, is getting roasted by critics, and none of the pull quotes and hot takes this critic has seen...

Meeting Gorbachev offers a love fest among tragic turns of Soviet...

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As someone who came of age during the end of the Cold War, I remember feeling compassion for the leader of what we then...

Hail Satan? reveals The Satanic Temple as crusaders for individual rights

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In the wake of recent anti-abortion legislation passing in Alabama and moving along in other states, including the possibility of a similar bill planned...

Long Day’s Journey Into Night embraces dream logic (and 3D) to...

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night is only Chinese writer-director Bi Gan’s second film, and he has no interest in winning over any new fans...

Sunset cinematic mansplaining that reveals woman’s early 20th century woman’s experience

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With Sunset, the Oscar-winning director of Son of Saul (Son of Saul, a grim out-of-body experience at Auschwitz — a film review) returns with...

High Life puts Eros and Thanatos against space-time

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For all the assumptions about what might an art house director like Claire Denis be doing making a science fiction movie, the genre actually fits...

Diane offers a low key look at life under the shadow...

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With Diane, writer-director Kent Jones reveals himself as a nuanced filmmaker with a keen sense for everyday life for people weighted by the past....

Death and sex make The Aftermath one of the hottest movies...

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There’s a reason that two of the most fundamental concepts in Freudian psychology are named after Eros and Thanatos, the Greek gods of love...

Hotel Mumbai is difficult entertainment to stomach

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It’s hard to say if I was entertained by Hotel Mumbai, a movie focused on four horrific days where a group of well-armed terrorists...