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Star Trek…Beyond 50

It’s the 50th anniversary, since the television series first premiered in 1966, and it seems like they’re pulling out all the stops for the 13th film in the movie part of that universe. Plus, how many spin-off shows have been broadcast? Four? Five? It’s easy to lose count. Plus, there’s another one on the way! Also, this […]

Embrace of the Serpent

Five weeks on the nose…do I deliver, or what?! As promised, all five 2015 Best Foreign Film Academy Award nominees, reviewed in just a little over a month. And I’m pleased to report, that I’ve inadvertently saved the best for last. Colombia’s “Embrace of the Serpent”, from Ciro Guerra, is presented in gorgeous black-and-white (cinematography […]

Love & Friendship

Rarely do I get to employ the word “delectable”, so I’m relishing the opportunity  to utilize it here. It was one of the first ones to pop into mind, as I took in the triumph that is Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship”. What a summer tonic for those who are tired of a multiplex filled […]

I hate Tom Cruise. I love Tom Cruise.

And why the hell is that? I just can’t understand it. Why do I keep going back? It’s uncanny. Sometimes this guy really pisses me off. Often, he’s so damn creepy. But he’s also one of the biggest movie stars of the last 35 years (thee biggest?), and I keep watching. And I’m ready to […]

10 Cloverfield Lane

After all, atypical was the only way to go, right? “Cloverfield”, a terrific little horror gem from 2008, that launched a perfect marketing campaign, and also served as a 9/11 parable. It was so beautifully choreographed, plus it clocked in at under 90 minutes–and it grossed seven times its budget. Sequel talk was immediate. But […]

45 Years

Charlotte Rampling is wondrous. In fact, my three favorite female performances from 2015 came from Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”, Charlize Theron in “Mad Max: Fury Road”, and Ms. Rampling in Andrew Haigh’s exceptional “45 Years”. Two of those three were nominated for the Best Actress Oscar (so sorry, Charlize!), and if Charlotte actually won, it […]

A War

Director Tobias Lindholm had me going for a while. Then his screenplay suddenly deserted him. Is it good to give the people what they want? Sometimes, I think. Other times no. I couldn’t help but surmise that the wrong choice was put into play here. There’s a stab at ambiguity, that wasn’t quite enough for […]