A Big, Hairy Deal

A Big, Hairy Deal

Beauty and the Beast

(March 23, 2017) Reviews BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The centralization of American popular cinema continues, with Disney squarely in the rich middle of it: Lucasfilm, Pixar and Marvel Studios all live within the...

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Creatures Great and Small

Kedi and Kong: Skull Island

(March 16, 2017) Reviews KEDI. As I age, I see the argument of "cat people" versus "dog people" as an ever more specious one. People will continue to use it to lever their...

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Battle Scars

Logan and Table 19

(March 9, 2017) Reviews LOGAN. I'll keep the preamble brief because, if memory serves, I wind up saying essentially the same thing every time a new Marvel movie comes out. As time wears...

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Sinister Elements

Brainy horror and mindless car chases

(March 2, 2017) Reviews GET OUT. My (relatively) recent enthusiasm for modern independent horror movies seemed to be on a precipitous slide toward its nadir of late. It was a startling thing to...

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Lightning Round

Animated shorts and schoolyard fisticuffs

(February 23, 2017) Reviews OSCAR ANIMATED SHORTS. Aliens, seabirds, alcoholics and the headless can be seen among the eight animated short films nominated for this year's Oscars, films that range from delightful...

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Bad, Bad Men

Wick and Grey suit up again

(February 16, 2017) Reviews JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2. Sequels, by their very nature, tend to place the audience at an impasse of anticipation and expectation. We want more of the same, provided we...

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Ringing Hollow

The strange obsolescence of Rings and Neruda

(February 9, 2017) Reviews RINGS. Much has been made of Rings being the sequel no one asked for. I'm not opposed to sequels and I fondly remember The Ring (itself a remake of...

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It Ain't all Gold

The last of a dry January

(February 2, 2017) Reviews RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER. As anyone who knows me — or has been unfortunate enough to have fallen within the sound of my voice — can attest,...

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Women, Girls and Boys

20th Century Women and another XXX

(January 26, 2017) Reviews 20TH CENTURY WOMEN. The most heartening thing about this, the latest from writer-director Mike Mills (Beginners, 2010), is that it shores up the notion that independent cinema in America...

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The Bostonians

Live by Night and Patriots Day

(January 19, 2017) Reviews LIVE BY NIGHT. Up to this point, Ben Affleck's scorecard for directing is marked with three wins and zero losses: Gone Baby Gone (2007) used local color and emotional...

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Over the Moon

La La Land and Hidden Figures

(January 12, 2017) Reviews LA LA LAND. There was a moment of breath-holding, a couple of years ago, after Damien Chazelle's Whiplash (2014) had finished taking the world by storm, leaving the great...

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Source Material

Fences and Lion

(January 5, 2017) FENCES. I usually approach theater with trepidation, not for any particular dislike of the medium or the material or the setting, but because I more often than not find myself...

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Top Five

The best of streaming 2016

(December 29, 2016) A simple, unwritten rule of this organization holds that a "request" from the editor shall not go un-granted. For the uninitiated, the editor is a fearsome figure: "dictate" or "directive"...

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Dark Sides

Rogue One and Collateral Beauty

(December 22, 2016) Reviews ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. An unpleasant combination of factors still leaves me feeling ambivalent about The Force Awakens, even all these months later: the vast and vapid...

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Rough Nights

Office Christmas Party and Nocturnal Animals

(December 15, 2016) OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY. In the early going, I had reason to be optimistic, albeit cautiously, that this might join the ranks of the Christmas movie canon. It seemed to be...

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Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal

A rundown of favorite holiday movies

(December 8, 2016) Reviews The only things kicking off at the movie house this past weekend were Incarnate and Believe, the former about a scientist inhabiting the mind of a boy possessed by...

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