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I love the idea that writer-director Jeff Nichols was so transfixed by a book of 1960s counterculture photojournalism that he was inspired to bring the photos back to life in a narrative movie. The bo…
Death taking the shape of a filthy bedraggled macaw---who shows up to take life with the fanning of a wing---is a fascinating, kind of beautiful image. As Death appears to each person, one begs to be …
Just a week ago, I “swam” in Puget Sound (note the liberal quotes) in mid-May for a solid ten minutes. I was quite pleased with myself for my endurance (I was paddling around with friends) and I decid…
I was not a fan of Mad Max: Fury Road. I remember leaving the screening with a bit of a 3D headache, partly due to the skip-a-frame herky-jerky cinematography, and partly due to the fact that it was e…
I have to admit, this movie had to slowly win me over (and it had plenty of time to do that with its 2-1/2 hour runtime). In the three previous Planet of the Apes "reboot" films, the arc was completed…
The story arc of Civil War is super-simple: A carload of war journalists (led by a weary, haunted Kirsten Dunst) needs to get from point A to point B so they can interview the leader of one side of th…
From the mood-setting opening scene featuring Charles Dance's guilt-ridden priest getting an efficient, bloody comeuppance, I felt like my face went through a progressive range of emotions during The …
Part of the fun of the latest reboots of Godzilla and friends (starting with Gareth Edwards' 2014 film) has been the surprising earnestness despite the outrageous premise: There have always been giant…
I love the setup of Late Night With the Devil. Portrayed as a solemn, late-70s contemporary documentary, the film's POV uses "original footage" of a long-lost episode of late night TV that caused sho…
Lou (Kristen Stewart) is bored at her literally shitty job, stuck cleaning clogged toilets yet again at the gym she manages. The place reeks of sweat and self-absorption, where body builders peddle st…
Now, I've never heard of the Adventure Racing World Championship, but in our world of reality games where people push themselves to physical, gastronomical, and romantic extremes in order to win money…
The Coen Brothers, even with their occasional misfires, are a magic moviemaking duo. But in Ethan Coen's solo directorial debut, adapting a screenplay by his wife Tricia Cooke, he is sorely missing hi…
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