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Film Review: 'Drive-Away Dolls' Goes Nowhere
Feb 28, 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...
'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.
Young and Strange: A Review of 'Poor Things'
Dec 6, 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...
'Napoleon'
Nov 28, 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,...
The High Window
Oct 31, 2023

The High Window

One afternoon in the French Alps near Grenoble, an 11-year-old boy named Daniel and his dog Snoop discover the dead body of Daniel’s father,...
Manifest Destiny
Oct 24, 2023

Manifest Destiny

Killers of the Flower Moon is putatively Martin Scorsese’s first Western. As such, it’s a departure from the films that made him famous. There...
Jan 10, 2023

Kore-eda’s crime story ‘Broker’ is beautifully, heartbreakingly sad

At first glance, Broker appears to be a sinister crime story with an especially disturbing angle. In contemporary Busan, South Korea, two men are...
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