Movie Reviews

A couple’s bond

If this is Valentine’s Day weekend, The Duke of Burgundy must be a deeply felt lesbian BDSM romance. Don’t arrive looking for titillation; there’s little in the way of sex and/or nudity. But writer-director Peter ...

Starry messenger

In a culture where girls are not allowed out at night to observe the skies, how does a tenacious 16-year-old astronomy student like Sepideh Hooshyar even begin to dream of viewing Earth from space? That’s ...

The Interview leaves no “Suk,” “Poon,” or “Dong” unturned

Seth Rogen and James Franco leave no “Suk,” “Poon,” or “Dong” unturned in their quest to whack North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in The Interview. Worth seeing, if just for the schizo opening logo and ...

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Alien(s)

After the lovable droids and creatures of Star Wars, the Alien franchise decided to take sci-fi someplace a little darker. Ridley Scott’s Alien launched the franchise followed by James Cameron’s Aliens. These films are my ...

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The Player 2.0 stars

Robert Altman's addition to the Hollywood-on-Hollywood library certainly lifted his sagging reputation, though the reasons for its critical success may have had less to do with its intrinsic merits than with its usefulness as a discussion starter, a conversational ice-breaker. ...

The Day of the Locust 1.0 stars

Nathanael West's virulent portrait of the Hollywood he lived in, in the 1930s, and of the hopes that turned to despair there, is converted by John Schlesinger into a display of latter-day Hollywood know-how and wherewithal (a lavish re-creation of ...

She's Beautiful When She's Angry 2.0 stars

Intermittently interesting and occasionally compelling history of the feminist movement's early days. The principal effort is to assemble as many squares of the "magic quilt" — to borrow a term from one of the film's subjects — as possible: the ...

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