Movie Reviews

A gnarly night at the movies

Including The Wedding Plan, A Dark Song, and Baywatch

Gnarly: difficult, dangerous, or challenging. The challenge of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales? To make poor old Johnny Depp appealing again. Annnnd...nope. The difficulty of Baywatch: to make a successful R-rated ...

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 ...

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Movie Archives

A Dark Song 2.0 stars

Sophia (a steel-sharp Catherine Walker) wants to get in touch with her guardian angel — mostly because she failed to be one for her son — so she contacts a gnostic with the last name of Solomon (Steve Oram) to ...

Pirates 1.0 stars

Yo-ho-ho, yes. Ho-ho-ho, no. The Spanish galleon, with its elaborate carved figurehead, is magnificent, and the costumes are splendid, and the production overall is grittily detailed. But none of this has a lightening effect. (Nor does Walter Matthau's woozily unreliable ...

The Spy Who Loved Me 1.0 stars

A scrapbook of earlier Bond escapades. It takes the skiing chase from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the underwater stuff from Thunderball, the fight in the train compartment from From Russia, with Love, the supposedly unassailable criminal fortress and the ...

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