Tag: Movies
Lessons from Wilford Brimley’s Best Performance

Actor Wilford Brimley passed away last week at the age of 85. Obituaries hailed the “mustachioed” actor’s roles in Cocoon, The Natural and The Thing but passed over what may have been his most convincing performance.  In the 1981 film Absence of Malice, Miami union boss Joey Diaz has been murdered but the authorities...
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Jojo Rabbit’s Humanism Lifts Parody of Nazi Germany

Some critics dismissed the Oscar-nominated dark comedy Jojo Rabbit for making light of the evil embedded in Nazi Germany when the movie was released in October 2019. Hitler and National Socialism were, after all, existential threats to freedom and liberty throughout Europe, much of North Africa, and the Middle East until they were finally...
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Little Women Shows Timelessness of “Coming of Age”

Louisa May Alcott’s respect for the individual journeys of her characters is honored in Greta Gerwig’s movie version.

Joker Earns Its Accolades, but Offers Much More

Joker is billed as a psychological thriller, and indeed it is... to the core. An origin story for the Batman villain, this dark drama is the blockbuster its creators had hoped, already earning nearly $300 million worldwide. Joker deserves the accolades and the revenue. Perhaps more importantly (long term), the movie has the potential...
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Hustlers Explores Seedy Side of Strip-Club Economics

The core of the story is a sophisticated character study that will leave many in the audience pondering the meaning of friendship, loyalty, betrayal, and ethics.

The Fonda Freedom Manifesto

When Peter Fonda passed away last month at 79, critic Peter Tonguette lamented that the actor never became the big-screen equal of his father.

Universal Won’t Release The Hunt, but the “Satirical” Movie’s Backstory Is Eerily Familiar

As Variety reports, Universal Pictures has canceled the September 27 release of The Hunt, a “satirical social thriller.”

Unplanned Searches for a Broad Audience but Gets Lost in Its Advocacy

Unplanned follows an advocacy narrative that limits its ability to reach a broad audience. Those in favor of reproductive rights will find little in the movie or its story that will sway them.

Yesterday, the Beatles, and the Value of Earned Success

Yesterday is a tribute to the enduring legacy of popular music and its ability to bring joy to the human heart.

Apollo 11 Highlights Human Capacity for Technical Achievement

Released commercially in March, Apollo 11 is an achievement in filmmaking in its own right.

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