Movies


V.29 No.4 | 1/23/2020
The Song of Names

Film Review

The Song of Names

Historical drama plucks at heartstrings but buries tune

Those interested in stories of love, family, forgiveness and faith will be swayed by the backstory but The Song of Names gets lost somewhere in its construction, working far too hard to deliver an emotional payoff that should have been immediate and effortless.

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Poetic Justice

This week you can see Neruda, a sing-along version of The Sound of Music, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Ratatouille. And it's time to send in your 2-minute audition for the Actors Showcase.
V.29 No.3 | 1/16/2020
Dolittle

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Dolittle

Newest version of animal-filled fable does a little

Dolittle has just enough fantastical visuals and innocuous one-liners to appease the family audiences it’s aimed at.

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Start ’Em Young

Go see No Small Matter, Le Havre, Canes of Power and the No Man's Land film festival.
V.29 No.2 | 1/9/2020

A Look Underwater

See "Hidden Pacific", the Madrid Film Festival, "Get Tony Scarboni" and "Ageless Living."
V.29 No.1 | 1/2/2020
A Hidden Life

Film Review

A Hidden Life

Saying “no thanks” to Nazis

A Hidden Life paints a picture of times that are hard, but reminds us that solace, and even beauty, can be found in our own convictions.
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The Worst of 2019

Good riddance to bad movies! Here’s a rundown of the worst films of 2019.
V.28 No.51 | 12/19/2019
The Farewell

Year in Review: Film

The Avengers vs. Martin Scorsese

The best films of 2019

Here—for your perusal, comparison and possible rejection—are the “best” feature films we saw in 2019 (in alphabetical order).
Knives and Skin

Film Review

Knives and Skin

Feminist thriller goes deep

Devote a couple hours’ worth of dedicated attention to Knives and Skin, and you’ll never see making meatloaf, giving books report or recycling tinfoil quite the same way again.
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Christmas Train

See The Polar Express or The Whistle, go to New Year’s Movie Camp for Youth and “American Pickers” might want your antiques.
V.28 No.50 | 12/12/2019
Waves

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Waves

Teen drama burns off a lot of emotion and a ton of energy

Waves is a worthy effort in the end—even if the man behind it might want to expend a little less effort next time around.

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Locals Unite

This week there's a NMFF Indie Screening, The Nightmare Before Christmas at the DynaTheater, Guild Cinema's annual poster sale and a The LEGO Batman Movie and The Dark Knight double feature.
V.28 No.49 | 12/5/2019
fungus

Film Review

Fantastic Fungi

Scientific documentary sings the praises of our fungal friends

Consider the humble mushroom. That’s more or less the premise behind Fantastic Fungi, a hagiographic documentary aimed at elevating the status of spores, molds and fungus. Don’t think that mushrooms are the greatest thing on planet Earth? Well, you soon will.

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No Business Like Snow Business

This is the week for Warren Miller’s Timeless, Love Actually, a “!Colores!” documentary double feature and an educational lecture on everything you need to know about background talent and how to get booked on movies and television series.
V.28 No.48 | 11/28/2019
Knives Out

Film Review

Knives Out

Old-fashioned murder mystery plays by the rules

If you like your mysteries done up old school, Knives Out is the genre-loving homage you’ve been searching for.