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Monthly Archives: July 2019

MIKE WALLACE IS HERE

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As energetic as its subject, Avi Belkin’s propulsive new documentary profiles the veteran broadcaster who became infamous for his hard-hitting interviews and “gotcha” segments on 60 Minutes. Because Wallace came of age with the birth of television and remained…
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ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD

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If it’s true that the devil is in the details, Quentin Tarantino has done his devilish best to transport us back in time fifty years for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, his latest mélange of fact and fiction. From the…
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THE AMAZING CHARLEY BOWERS IS DISCOVERED—AGAIN

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In the early 1980s I attended the Ottawa Animation Festival, where I saw a handful of silent shorts that blew me away. These ingenious films blended meticulous stop-motion work with live-action slapstick. The man who made and starred in…
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SCARFACE, CAPTAIN AHAB, AND KING KONG: GREAT READING

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Normally I review only film-related books on this site, but I’ve just devoured two volumes written by friends that I can’t resist writing about. One is a work of fiction, the other non-fiction. When I finished reading them I…
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SWORD OF TRUST: LIGHT AND SATISFYING

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I enjoy Lynn Shelton’s work overall but I think Sword of Trust is her best feature to date. It doesn’t seem like an improv-based film at all; it plays as well as a scripted comedy but manages to retain an air…
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STUBER: START MAKING SENSE

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A good comedy has to have structure, just like a dramatic film, and should possess some degree of logic. It can be internal logic, once the movie has established its concept and boundary lines, but it still has to…
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THE FAREWELL: A SLEEPER THAT CROSSES BOUNDARIES

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For her second feature, up-and-coming writer-director Lulu Wang has drawn on her own experiences to craft a touching story of a Chinese family, told from the point of view of a young Americanized woman who returns to her homeland…
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