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Film Review: 'Drive-Away Dolls' Goes Nowhere
Feb 27, 2024

Film Review: ‘Drive-Away Dolls’ Goes Nowhere

A few questions pop up about Ethan Coen’s Drive-Away Dolls. The film has writing problems. As cobbled together by veteran producer-director-writer Coen (Fargo, The Big...
Noir City 21: A Cinematic Journey into the Depths of Film Noir
Jan 16, 2024

Noir City 21: A Cinematic Journey into the Depths of Film Noir

Noir City 21, an annual film noir festival hosted by the Film Noir Foundation, features 12 double features of English and foreign-language noirs from the 1940s-'60s, including rare titles such as "Without Pity" and "Cairo Station."
'The Zone of Interest' is a Docudrama of Pure Malignance
Jan 9, 2024

‘The Zone of Interest’ is a Docudrama of Pure Malignance

"The Zone of Interest," a film adaptation of Martin Amis' novel, explores the life of Rudolf Höss, the commandant of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp complex, through metaphor and oblique references to the horrors of the Holocaust.
Jeffrey Wright Delivers in Hilarious Satire 'American Fiction'
Dec 19, 2023

Jeffrey Wright Delivers in Hilarious Satire ‘American Fiction’

In the provocative new movie American Fiction, Thelonious "Monk" Ellison, a university professor and novelist, finds himself in a pair of pertinent modern-day cultural predicaments, as his academic novels don't sell well and another Black author's best-selling book is a dumbed-down sell-out.
Young and Strange: A Review of 'Poor Things'
Dec 5, 2023

Young and Strange: A Review of ‘Poor Things’

The new film, Poor Things, lands with a thud. In a scenario lifted from countless vintage horror/sci-fi flicks, it’s the old story of a...
The humanistic magic of Ozu Yasujirô
Nov 28, 2023

The Humanistic Magic of Ozu Yasujirô

Why is the late Ozu Yasujirô idolized by moviemakers and adoring audiences, both in his native Japan and wherever in the world his films...
'Napoleon'
Nov 22, 2023

‘Napoleon’: Epic Battles, Awkward Sex

Ridley Scott, the filmmaker behind Napoleon, is a European. Of course, the veteran producer-director, a native of South Shields, in the Tyne and Wear...
'May December'
Nov 14, 2023

‘May December’

In director Todd Haynes’ difficult-to-admire May December, the characters inhabit the upscale surroundings of Savannah, Georgia. And yet the dramatic atmosphere is so brittle,...
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