Movie Reviews

Long Strange Trip, one night only

Get the untold story of the Grateful Dead on Thursday, May 25

Not unlike an actual Grateful Dead concert, Amir Bar-Lev’s candid Dead doc Long Strange Trip plays one night only — Thursday, May 25 — and runs just slightly over four hours. My initial interest in ...

Death, illness, poop, and divorce

Unpleasantness abounds in this week’s new movies, including Alien: Covenant and Obit

I’m probably more fascinated by H.R. Giger and his xenomorph than is entirely healthy, so it took me a little while to get over the fact that the aliens aren’t really the star, or even ...

How the world got to be the way it is

Director Vanessa Gould discusses Obit

Obit, Vanessa Gould’s documentary look at the obituary department of the New York Times in action, is as deceptive in tone as it is perceptive in vision. A strange air of calm rumination pervades the ...

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Movie Archives

The Grateful Dead Movie (40th Anniversary) 3.0 stars

Has is it really been 40 years since I stayed up past 2 a.m. watching a scratchy 16mm print at a college film society midnight screening? My introduction to the band left a mighty impression, so strong that after seeing ...

Swashbuckler 0.0 stars

The olden days of the buccaneers are revived by out-of-trim actors in slushy, churning action scenes; the irresolute camera seems to be never in the right place. It's conceivable that Hollywood simply doesn't know how to make this type of ...

Spice World 0.0 stars

The Spice Girls' introduction to the big screen, and a very poor introduction for anyone not already acquainted with them. (Would a Rip Van Winkle, viewing A Hard Day's Night for the first time, have any trouble telling which Beatle ...

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