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In the Heights: The IMAX 2D Experience

An overabundance of over-theatrical theatricality

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Queen Bees: TV triumphant for The Santa Clause’s Michael Lembeck

”Twas home video that first began sawing away at television’s umbilical cord. It was bad enough that stations sliced and diced movie running times quicker than a Popeil Chop-O-Matic to make room for commercial breaks. ...

by Scott Marks
In the Heights takes a hint from La La Land

It was to be the first image I’d seen projected since the lockdown. The trailer pronouncement landed with the jaw-splintering force of a fist enfolding a roll of quarters: “From the director of Crazy Rich ...

by Scott Marks
Cruella: Sympathy for the de Vil

A haughty fashion designer (Emma Thompson) and the seamstress most likely to dethrone her (Emma Stone) wage battle in this, the third live-action attempt on the part of the studio to ransack the Disney Vault, ...

by Scott Marks
A North Hollywood outside of time

North Hollywood arrives with the tagline: The first ever movie about becoming a pro skater. Sonja Henie and I, Tonya to the contrary, for the sake of argument the profession referred to in the catchphrase ...

by Scott Marks
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Death in the Garden

A sort of Ronald Reagan tropical melodrama riddled by Luis Buñuel with good, nasty, subversive gags. E.g., Michel Piccoli's devout Catholic missionary, obliged to pretend to a vigilante mob that he has spent the night with a prostitute, hangs his ...

by Duncan Shepherd
No Escape

Crossbows-and-animal-skins science fiction, set in a 21st-century penal colony. Some sternum-bruising directorial "touches" by Martin Campbell punctuate the general triteness and tedium. And Ray Liotta has a chance to "stretch" himself, a chance to find out whether he can be ...

by Duncan Shepherd
Texas Chainsaw

With six Chainsaw films to reflect upon, one would hope that director John Luessenhop (Takers), eager to decorate the Leatherface family tree with crisp teen body parts, would have at least unearthed a fresh meat hook or two upon which ...

by Scott Marks
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Walter Matthau’s dark side exposed in Charley Varrick

Walter Matthau? A bank robbing serial killer wanted by both good guys and bad guys alike?! Times were tough. The actor had to hock wedding presents just to pay the rent. The $2500 this minisculely ...

by Scott Marks
Woody Allen’s PBS mockumentary

My original intention was to cover a couple of Woody Allen’s middle-to-modern funny films. Then I happened across this hilarious, never-broadcast, half-hour PBS mockumentary on YouTube. I hope you enjoy this Holy Grail of hilarity ...

by Scott Marks
Everyone’s favorite curse word

This week’s offerings include a trio of documentaries that range in subject from the history of everyone’s favorite curse word, Miami’s cocaine cartel, and for openers, a cautionary fable for the marginally talented among us ...

by Scott Marks
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The Hemlock Society presents Soylent Green

The Hemlock Society's monthly “Right to Die Film Series'' isn't going to let a pandemic keep it down. The group’s next meeting will be held virtually on December 20 with SOD (Suicide on Demand) as ...

by Scott Marks
by Scott Marks Video: San Diego Joyride '95
Before making it my home, San Diego was an annual ...
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by Jay Allen Sanford Daily DVD & Download: Space 1999 - the complete series & then some
I finally got through the 17-disc Space 1999 set, a ...
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I finally slogged thru most of the Buck Rogers complete ...
by Scott Marks Reading Cinemas and AMC Theaters to open tonight
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In the Heights: The IMAX 2D Experience

An overabundance of over-theatrical theatricality

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Movie Reviews

Queen Bees: TV triumphant for The Santa Clause’s Michael Lembeck

”Twas home video that first began sawing away at television’s umbilical cord. It was bad enough that stations sliced and diced movie running times quicker than a Popeil Chop-O-Matic to make room for commercial breaks. ...

by Scott Marks
In the Heights takes a hint from La La Land

It was to be the first image I’d seen projected since the lockdown. The trailer pronouncement landed with the jaw-splintering force of a fist enfolding a roll of quarters: “From the director of Crazy Rich ...

by Scott Marks
Cruella: Sympathy for the de Vil

A haughty fashion designer (Emma Thompson) and the seamstress most likely to dethrone her (Emma Stone) wage battle in this, the third live-action attempt on the part of the studio to ransack the Disney Vault, ...

by Scott Marks
A North Hollywood outside of time

North Hollywood arrives with the tagline: The first ever movie about becoming a pro skater. Sonja Henie and I, Tonya to the contrary, for the sake of argument the profession referred to in the catchphrase ...

by Scott Marks
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Death in Venice

Luchino Visconti's beautifully cadenced rendition of the Thomas Mann novella. In slow zooms and panning shots, it scrutinizes the deterioration, amid wilting heat and epidemic, of a prissy musical composer, lingering too long at a deluxe hotel, held there by ...

by Duncan Shepherd
Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey plays a bag-of-bones, good ol' boy piece of sex-addled trailer trash who has the misfortune to bang the wrong (female) intravenous drug-user (HIV+) in the wrong way (sans condom) in the wrong place (darkest Texas) at the wrong ...

by Matthew Lickona
Texas Chainsaw

With six Chainsaw films to reflect upon, one would hope that director John Luessenhop (Takers), eager to decorate the Leatherface family tree with crisp teen body parts, would have at least unearthed a fresh meat hook or two upon which ...

by Scott Marks
The Conjuring

In the decades since Linda Blair first hocked up a pea-soup facial, Hollywood xerographers have found in demonic possession a perennial cash absorber. Director James Wan (Saw, Insidious) stylishly resists the easy temptation of schlock-shocks and CGI as a means ...

by Scott Marks
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Walter Matthau’s dark side exposed in Charley Varrick

Walter Matthau? A bank robbing serial killer wanted by both good guys and bad guys alike?! Times were tough. The actor had to hock wedding presents just to pay the rent. The $2500 this minisculely ...

by Scott Marks
Woody Allen’s PBS mockumentary

My original intention was to cover a couple of Woody Allen’s middle-to-modern funny films. Then I happened across this hilarious, never-broadcast, half-hour PBS mockumentary on YouTube. I hope you enjoy this Holy Grail of hilarity ...

by Scott Marks
Everyone’s favorite curse word

This week’s offerings include a trio of documentaries that range in subject from the history of everyone’s favorite curse word, Miami’s cocaine cartel, and for openers, a cautionary fable for the marginally talented among us ...

by Scott Marks
More movies at home
The Hemlock Society presents Soylent Green

The Hemlock Society's monthly “Right to Die Film Series'' isn't going to let a pandemic keep it down. The group’s next meeting will be held virtually on December 20 with SOD (Suicide on Demand) as ...

by Scott Marks
by Scott Marks Video: San Diego Joyride '95
Before making it my home, San Diego was an annual ...
Sponsored
by Jay Allen Sanford Daily DVD & Download: Space 1999 - the complete series & then some
I finally got through the 17-disc Space 1999 set, a ...
by Jay Allen Sanford Daily DVD & Download: Buck Rogers VS Nolan's Batman
I finally slogged thru most of the Buck Rogers complete ...
by Scott Marks Reading Cinemas and AMC Theaters to open tonight
This has been the longest dry spell of my moviegoing ...
by Jay Allen Sanford Now, more than ever - let's all go to the drive-ins!
They're the last soldiers standing in what used to be ...
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