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Cannes Review: ‘Bacurau’

Bacurau (Photo: Victor Jucá) For Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho, Bacurau is a step down from Filho’s masterful Aquarius and a middling political epic that doesn’t fully land. In 2016, Kleber Mendonça Filho impressed the Croisette with Aquarius, a socio-political film about the beautiful resilience of Brazilian people in the face of tyranny, injustice and fraud. With Bacurau, a …

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Cannes Review take 2: ‘The Dead Don’t Die’

Tilda Swinton in The Dead Don’t Die (photo courtesy of Cannes Film Festival) Jim Jarmusch’s most commercial film to date marks a departure for the director but also doesn’t offer a memorable viewing experience. Some directors like to have fun – and there’s no problem with that. After several artsy films, Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, this year’s opening …

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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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TV Review: ‘Catch-22’ mines hope and cynicism in dark comedy

(l-r): Christopher Abbott as Yossarian and Pico Alexander as Clevinger in Hulu’s Catch-22. (Photo by: Philippe Antonello/ Hulu) The absurdity of war has been explored in countless ways by Hollywood, from the dark comedy of M*A*S*H to the insanity of Apocalypse Now to the violence of The Deer Hunter to the psychosis of Full Metal Jacket to the satire of …

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TV Review: ‘The Spanish Princess’

Charlotte Hope is The Spanish Princess (courtesy of Starz) The Spanish Princess continues the Philippa Gregory sagas and whitewashes Catherine of Aragon in the process Starz is back in the bodice ripping historical fiction business again. After the success of The White Queen and The White Princess— the Starz network brings us another romp through British Royal history based on …

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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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TV Review: ‘Guava Island’

Rihanna and Donald Glover in Guava Island (Amazon Prime) It’s starting to feel like summertime with Guava Island When News broke in 2018 that Donald Glover, alternatively known by his musical pseudonym Childish Gambino, was working on a secret film project, to be helmed by his creative partner Hiro Murai (who directed Glover in some episodes of Atlanta as well …

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