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‘A Love Song’

As the clock of life ticks by, many of us begin to look back on our lives in terms of the opportunities we pursued and the regrets we hold over those we didn’t. Those are the primary themes explored in writer-director Max Walker-Silverman’s debut feature about a pair of childhood friends (Dale Dickey, Wes Studi) who reunite after many years apart at a remote Colorado campground.

2022-12-05T10:45:06+00:00December 5th, 2022|

‘Leonor Will Never Die’

For creative types (especially writers), sometimes it’s all too easy for the lines between reality and their work to become blurred. Where does one leave off and the other begin? Indeed, can someone become so absorbed in a project that perspective becomes lost? And what does this mean for those who care (and worry) about the artist?

2022-12-04T01:31:05+00:00December 4th, 2022|

‘The Inspection’

Finding one’s family may not always occur where one most likely expects it. For many of us, that typically comes with our blood relations. But sometimes circumstances arise that prevent that from happening, as is the case for a twentysomething gay Black man (Jeremy Pope) who has been on his own since age 16

2022-11-26T23:45:55+00:00November 26th, 2022|

‘The Fabelmans’

Writer-director Steven Spielberg’s less-than-veiled autobiographical coming of age story is easily his most personal film and one of his best efforts in recent years. In a production where he faithfully follows the storyline of his own youth where just about the only thing that has been changed is the characters’ names, he chronicles the upbringing of an aspiring young auteur (Gabriel LaBelle) who developed a passion for filmmaking when virtually everyone else around him thought he was just aggressively pursuing a hobby.

2022-11-26T23:05:52+00:00November 26th, 2022|

‘Devotion’

When paying homage to a war hero, one would assume that the character in question deserves a fitting tribute. Unfortunately, director J.D. Dillard’s biography of African-American Korean War aviator Jesse Brown (Jonathan Majors) comes up somewhat short.

2022-11-26T16:31:43+00:00November 26th, 2022|

‘A Christmas Story Christmas’

In the interest of full disclosure (and at the risk of sounding like Ebenezer Scrooge), I must confess that I have never been a big fan of this offering’s perennial and much-beloved holiday predecessor (1983), as I saw it as a vehicle that aimlessly meandered and struggled too hard to elicit laughs. But the problems faced by the original can’t begin to compare to those of this ill-conceived sequel

2022-11-26T14:32:44+00:00November 26th, 2022|

‘The First Step’

Getting things done often calls for tremendous cooperation and a degree of compromise. That’s especially true in a political context, particularly these days, where a little can sometimes get one a lot. Attorney and CNN Commentator Van Jones found that out firsthand during his efforts to help secure Congressional passage and presidential enactment of a sweeping prison reform bill during the Trump Administration, a piece of legislation – the First Step Act – that the commander in chief surprisingly supported.

2022-11-24T05:51:27+00:00November 24th, 2022|

‘Argentina, 1985’

Seeking justice is certainly a noble pursuit, especially when the transgressions calling for it have been particularly egregious. But it can also become a rather precarious undertaking when conducted under conditions that carry potentially serious consequences, such as retribution, vocational ruin and even death threats. So it was in Argentina in the mid 1980s

2022-11-23T14:11:39+00:00November 23rd, 2022|

‘She Said’

Movies about journalism can be somewhat problematic (especially these days in this age of growing media mistrust). Which is why these films really and truly work best when they play it straight, focusing on the facts in a no-nonsense, straightforward way, with no grandstanding or exaggerated histrionics, and that’s one of the innate strengths of this latest offering in this genre.

2022-11-20T02:41:07+00:00November 20th, 2022|

‘Don’t Worry Darling’

Well, I’ll say this much for this one – I’m glad I didn’t pay theater ticket prices for it. Director Olivia Wilde, who made such an impressive feature debut with the high school buddy comedy “Booksmart” (2019), has definitely stumbled with her sophomore (or is it sophomoric?) outing. This mishmash of science fiction, social commentary and mystery/fantasy is too long, too unfocused, and, at times, more than a little too obvious in its message and metaphors.

2022-11-19T04:38:05+00:00November 19th, 2022|
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