Review: “Babyteeth”

A romance with a terminally ill teen is practically a subgenre within the universe of young adult novels and films, often weepy, often tender, and often dwelling a lot on the illness itself.  “Babyteeth,” a new release from IFC Films and the debut feature from director Shannon Murphy, is none of those things. “Babyteeth” centers […]

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Review: “Da 5 Bloods”

On a surface level, Spike Lee’s newest joint, “Da 5 Bloods,” is about Black Vietnam War veterans reuniting and reopening their traumatic past. It’s a perspective of the war that never gets represented on screen.  But in that special way that only he has, Lee connects the struggles of the past, present, and future in […]

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Review: “Artemis Fowl”

I’ve been waiting for an “Artemis Fowl” movie for almost 20 years.  I picked up the first book in the fantasy series by Eoin Colfer when I was in middle school and immediately became an avid fan, devouring each of the subsequent seven books in the series as soon as they were released.  But whether […]

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Review: “Shirley”

Writer Shirley Jackson is perhaps best known for her horror novel The Haunting of Hill House, widely regarded as one of the best and scariest ghost stories ever written.  But Jackson’s personal life becomes a sort of horror story of its own in “Shirley,” a new drama based on the novel by Susan Scarf Merrell […]

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Streaming Recap: May 2020

Normally at this time of year we’d be a month into the summer blockbuster season.  Unfortunately, due to the ongoing state of things, that is not the case.  But we still have lots of movies to stream at home in the meantime.  You can read my reviews of films that debuted on streaming services in […]

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Black Lives Matter

A movie that I have found myself revisiting several times since it was released is Spike Lee’s 2018 film “Blackkklansman.”  For one thing, it’s immensely entertaining.  The film is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington), who became the first black officer in the Colorado Springs police department in […]

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Review: “The High Note”

In “The High Note,” comparisons between Tracee Ellis Ross (who plays fictional pop diva Grace Davis) and her mother (real life pop icon Diana Ross) are inevitable.  But Ross dominates in the role and makes it her own in a standout performance that makes “The High Note”—a pleasant if not particularly original comedy/drama about the […]

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Review: “The Lovebirds”

A romantic comedy starring the funny and talented Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae and directed by Michael Showalter (who helmed the poignant and unique 2017 rom-com “The Big Sick,” also starring Nanjiani) sounds like a definite winner.  But Nanjiani and Rae’s talents outshine the script for their new movie “The Lovebirds,” which fails to do […]

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Review: “The Trip to Greece”

Michael Winterbottom’s “Trip” film series starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are truly unique in nature.  Starting in 2010 with the television series “The Trip” that was later edited into a feature film and followed with “The Trip to Italy” and “The Trip to Spain,” the series follows Coogan and Brydon as they travel and […]

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