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D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)

D-minus. The Pee-Wee pucksters, having overcome the odds to win the local championship, are ready to take on the world and overcome steeper odds, at the Junior Goodwill Games in L.A. The villain: Iceland. Iceland? Yes, Iceland. (A bold move, inviting protests from the Icelander Anti-Defamation League and virtually writing ... (PG)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Da (1988)

An expatriate Irish playwright hashes things over with the ghost of his father -- literally, and in stiltedly literary language: "You spent your life sitting on brambles, and wouldn't move for fear someone would take your seat," etc. He also gets to have a generation-gap spat with "himself" -- though ... (PG)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Dad (1989)

There's an intriguing idea here, and director Gary David Goldberg never gets anywhere near it. The idea is identified (after apparently one diagnostic session with a psychiatrist) as "successful schizophrenia." A seventy-eight-year-old retiree, almost paralyzed by age and unable to make the least little move without the sharp command of ... (PG)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Daddy Longlegs (2010)

Hard to judge what’s more exasperating, the undependable divorced dad of two visiting sons or the shaky camera and sandpapery image. Ronald Bronstein is at least very convincing as the constant fuck-up. With Sage Ranaldo, Frey Ranaldo, Eleanore Hendricks, and Abel Ferrara; written and directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. (G)

0.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Daddy Nostalgia (1990)

Dirk Bogarde's return to the screen after a twelve-year absence -- a happy event in itself, and it injects just that degree of initial interest and lingering excitement lacking in the average Bertrand Tavernier movie. Our first sight of him hardly constitutes a grand re-entrance: flat on his back in ... (PG)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Daddy's Dyin'...Who's Got the Will? (1990)

Can a movie with this title possibly have a sense of humor? Well, not much of a one: but not everyone involved can be kept totally in line, and there are flashes of humorousness -- or at least humannness -- from Beau Bridges, Tess Harper, Patrika Darbo, and Molly McClure ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Daddy's Home (2015)

Will Ferrell plays his standard issue wide-eyed naif, an amiable simp who can find the good in just about any situation, save one: the sudden reappearance of his wife’s guilt-stricken greaser ex (Mark Wahlberg), eager to reheat a dead romantic soufflé. Two moments stand out in this battle ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsScott Marks

Daddy's Home 2 (2017)

Mark Wahlberg recently apologized to God for appearing in Boogie Nights. Satan’s currently warming up a tier in hell for him and the funky bunch of willing participants in this crime against cinema. As in the first installment, there’s a superbly executed avalanche gag, this one involving a snow-blower consuming ... (PG-13)

0.0 starsScott Marks

Daguerreotypes (1975)

Adding to an already varied and impressive documentary portfolio which ranges from the castles along the Loire River to Cuba to the Vietnam War to the Black Panthers, Agnes Varda tries her hand here at a "neighborhood movie" (wider in scope than a "home movie," but narrower than her other ... (NR)

4.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Daisies (1966)

Vera Chytilova's unbridled experiment in color, collage, cartoonish sound effects, and changeable image quality. For all the sensory excitements, in this story of small-scale devastations committed by two amoral girlfriends (in a world, we are reminded, prone to devastations on a mass scale), it should not escape notice that the ... (NR)

4.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Daisy Winters (2017)

Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon and Brooke Shields star in this tale of an eleven year-old girl's unconventional, yet deeply loving relationship with her mother and what happens when said relationship is harshly broken. (PG-13)

None stars

Dalai Lama Awakening (2014)

A poetic ReVision of the award-winning Dalai Lama Renaissance. (NR)

None stars

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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 time (the panicked, unmedicated '80s). Suddenly, he's cast out among ... (R)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Damage (1992)

Louis Malle, who raised a multitude of eyebrows with his epochal The Lovers ca. 1958, is not apt to repeat the effect with this. Eroticism, like so much else, marches on. The theme of the middle-aged married man and the younger other woman is of course infinitely renewable, and the ... (R)

2.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Damien -- Omen II (1978)

Caringly acted, expensively produced, and bottomlessly empty suspense movie, wherein the Antichrist, just reaching puberty and entering the military academy, is watched over by a bad fairy -- or fairy devilfather, if you will -- in the form of a pesky crow who prefers to be photographed in profile and ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd