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‘Evil Does Not Exist’ Gets Back to Nature
May 14, 2024

‘Evil Does Not Exist’ Gets Back to Nature

In a Japanese mountain community not far from Tokyo, a quiet, unassuming handyperson named Takumi (played by Omika Hitoshi) lives with his eight-year-old daughter,...
Film Review: 'Kim's Video'
Apr 9, 2024

Film Review: ‘Kim’s Video’

The late, lamented video store culture and its fanatics always make good copy for whimsical news coverage. Even the most hidebound, no-nonsense media outlet...
Film Review: ‘Carol Doda Topless at the Condor’
Mar 19, 2024

Film Review: ‘Carol Doda Topless at the Condor’

Just when it seems that San Francisco’s dope, sex and rock ’n’ roll scene in the 1960s has been covered from every conceivable angle,...
Film Review: 'Cabrini' as Lady Liberty
Mar 5, 2024

Film Review: ‘Cabrini’ as Lady Liberty

Aside from specialty items by religious film producers, it’s unusual for general audiences to find major releases that concern themselves with spiritual matters and...
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...
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