The Starling and Bad Sport

(October 21, 2021) THE STARLING. Fans of Melissa McCarthy will know that she does both comedy and drama. The Starling (on Netflix) is the latter, so if you were expecting to see her...

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There's Someone Inside Your House

(October 14, 2021) THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE. Is a slasher movie ever just a slasher movie? Probably not. Go back and watch a few of the genre's prototypes from the '70s and...

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Back to the Source

The Guilty and The Many Saints of Newark

(October 7, 2021) THE GUILTY. I've long bridled at Hollywood remakes (I suppose we're calling them reboots now) of recent international movies. For one, the practice speaks to the corporatized murder of imagination...

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Impeachment's Time Capsule

(September 30, 2021) AMERICAN CRIME STORY: IMPEACHMENT. Just a few years can make one hell of a difference and 23 years can be like a lifetime — roughly the length of a generation....

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Does This Still Matter?

HBO's Scenes From a Marriage remake

(September 23, 2021) SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE. I think a lot about the influence of historical context on works of art. Strip away the social and political events of the time and does...

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A Sharp Eye

James's Wan's Malignant

(September 16, 2021) MALIGNANT. I was a vocal detractor of James Wan before I knew his name, long before I would ever see a single frame of one of his movies. Saw (2004),...

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Worth's Old Math in a Changed World

(September 9, 2021) WORTH. In 2001, New York City might as well have been 1 million miles away from me. In rural Southeastern Washington, that particular September morning was gorgeous, the changing season...

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The Forest for the Happy Little Trees

Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed

(September 2, 2021) "Bob Ross, 52, Dies; Was Painter on TV." That was the caption in the July 13, 1995 New York Times obituary section. No headline, no picture. Just a blurb. Yes,...

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Pop-Op Perfection?

Annette and Stillwater offer very different French experiences

(August 26, 2021) ANNETTE. Received rapturously at the Cannes Film Festival — the standing ovation lasted long enough for Adam Driver to smoke a cigarette — this might fairly be interpreted as the...

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A Pig, an Eagle and a Paranoid Thriller

Ride the Eagle and Pig shine, while Beckett falls short

(August 19, 2021) RIDE THE EAGLE. I did not, do not, probably will not watch the series New Girl. Nothing against it, it just isn't likely to happen. As such, I know series...

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The Suicide Squad and Val

(August 12, 2021) THE SUICIDE SQUAD. It has been five years (sigh) since the misbegotten and now confusingly titled Suicide Squad bowed. At the time, I was hellbent on enjoying the thing, intermittently...

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I'm Going to Disneyland

Jungle Cruise's smooth escape

(August 5, 2021) REVIEW JUNGLE CRUISE. Somewhere in another corner of the Multiverse Marvel/Disney's Loki series has failed to help me conceptualize, there is a version of me with the wherewithal to join...

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The Wild Ride to F9

Two decades, no brakes

(July 29, 2021) F9: THE FAST SAGA. The thrill isn't gone, per se, but in having recently revisited the undeniable high-water mark of installments four through six — Fast & Furious (2009); Fast...

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Hybrid Hits

Werewolves Within and Gunpowder Milkshake

(July 22, 2021) REVIEWS WEREWOLVES WITHIN. Surprise or not, I don't know a whole helluva lot about video games. I've dabbled but that particular swath of popular culture is, by and large, foreign...

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Behind the Music

Summer of Soul and The Sparks Brothers

(July 15, 2021) SUMMER OF SOUL (... OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED). Intimates might wonder (fairly) at my desire to watch and ramble on about a concert movie. I've shared...

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Retro Dread Redux

False Positive and No Sudden Move

(July 8, 2021) REVIEWS FALSE POSITIVE. To dispense with it at the outset: Yes, Rosemary's Baby (1968) is part of the conversation. It has been for more than half a century. It arguably...

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