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Cannes Review: Jim Jarmusch’s ‘The Dead Don’t Die’

Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny and Adam Driver do some zombie killin’ in The Dead Don’t Die Much like the zombies and ghouls the heroes of The Dead Don’t Die contend with, Jim Jarmusch’s B-movie satire rises slowly, brings our attention to its stench, and proceeds to wander aimlessly, disappointingly caught in its own daze. Centerville, USA is a straight forward …

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Cannes Review: ‘The Unknown Saint’ (‘Le Miracle du Saint Inconnu’)

‘The Unknown Saint’ (‘Le Miracle du Saint Inconnu’) Courtesy of Le Moindre Geste Alaa Eldin Aljem’s debut feature is the rare Arab film that not only works as a meaningful comedy but also manages to be smart, audacious and contemplative. Arab cinema has veered recently towards more serious, sometimes political and mostly social, commentary on issues that usually hit hard …

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Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is “a roaring success” (Spoiler-free)

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: ENDGAME..L to R: Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), War Machine/James Rhodey (Don Cheadle), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson)…(Photo: Film Frame/Marvel Studios 2019) Something I’ve learned through my years of devouring movies is that when …

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Review: ‘Triple Frontier’

From left; Garrett Hedlund, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam and Ben Affleck in J.C. Chandor’s Triple Frontier (photo: Netflix) Movies have always loved the military.  The elements that we instantly connect to the military, such as bravery, loyalty, brotherhood, heroism, selflessness, dedication, strength and courage, are ideal fodder for the Hollywood fantasy.  And even though superhero movies have recently taken the …

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Review: ‘Captain Marvel’

Brie Larson as Carol Danvers in Marvel’s Captain Marvel (Disney) I’ll be totally honest with you. I had never even heard of Captain Marvel before. I’m not nor have I ever been a comic book person, but at least I had heard of characters such as Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and Spider Man. But this Captain Marvel was a …

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Review: ‘Maze’ (2017)

From left; Barry Ward and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in the prison escape drama Maze Against the backdrop of Brexit, now may be the perfect time for movies to remind us that the British Isles have a long history of tumult and chaos within its borders.  Now that there is widespread panic and confusion about what Great Britain may look and feel …

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Review: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’

Lupita Nyong’o knows something’s wrong in ‘Us‘ Jordan Peele has always had his finger firmly on the pulse of the human condition – this was evident in his groundbreaking comedic work on Mad TV and Key &  Peele, but it has been proven to be one of his most remarkable talents through his transition into a horror film auteur, the …

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Review: ‘I Am Not a Witch’

I Am Not a Witch (Sundance) In Nigeria, within Keats State, a Goat was arrested as an armed robbery suspect. A vigilante group apprehended the Goat with the impression that human thief engaging in witchcraft turned himself into an animal to avoid detection. The belief in witchcraft is common in Nigeria and many other parts of Africa to include the …

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Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You’

Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson in Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You (Annapurna) Coonery, buffoonery, toxic masculinity, feminism, identity, and Black lives matter are among the many themes tackled in Boots Riley’s directorial debut film Sorry To Bother You. Think of this as an avant-garde, dystopian, social satire that uses racial dynamics in the workplace as a catalyst for exploring …

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