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 Lebowski, True Grit, etc.) and his wife and frequent collaborator Tricia Cooke, it’s a slender comic adventure about a pair of mismatched lesbian buddies—portrayed by...
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 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...
Nov 28, 2023

Movies, Marketing & Mayhem

Making movies is hard. Making movies that make money is even harder. Perhaps hardest of all is facing the...
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,...
'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...
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...
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...
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