Movie Reviews

Hola Mexico Film Festival Tour! Three from Mexico

At the Digital Gym from October 11–17

Without much in the way of new releases available for review, it seems a good time to draw attention to the Reader’s weekly Festivals column, which highlights some of our city’s one-shot screenings and/or more ...

Takashi Miike’s First Love: Why we fight

A bit less self-conscious, a bit more humane

My friend shook his head. “It’s been a bad year for movies,” he said. “A couple of blockbusters, and what else?” Well, a few things, at least. My favorite for the year so far is ...

Renée Zellweger’s Judy Garland sings a sad song

Who among us wants to die with a bunch of nobodys?

Pick a celebrity biopic. Any celebrity biopic. Beyond the Sea? Okay. With the lighting just so — and the camera at a safe distance from its subject — a person could swear that it was ...

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Roger Corman at the Dollar Tree

Local live wire faves

This week’s trio of discs came to me from various sources, reliable or otherwise. — Scott Marks The Black String (2019) Sensing a local angle, PR rep Justin Cook saw to it that a copy ...

Movie Archives

The Addams Family 1.0 stars

Black comedy for kids, specifically those too young to remember the mid-Sixties television sitcom of the same name. The pattern of inversions is simple to grasp -- the bouquet of rose stems with the blossoms snipped off, the children holding ...

Maleficent 0.0 stars

"Let us tell an old tale anew, and let us see how well you know it," intones Maleficent (a waxen Angelina Jolie) at the outset of this botched Sleeping Beauty tweak-job. It's fine to tell old tales anew, and it's ...

Sid and Nancy 3.0 stars

Rock-and-roll romance: British punker Sid Vicious (bassist of the Sex Pistols) and American junkie Nancy Spungen living and loving as if there's no tomorrow: and indeed there were not to be a lot of them; and near the end, as ...