Film Review: Code Black

A documentary looking at the healthcare crises from the perspective of the doctor

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Code Black is the debut film from Dr. Ryan McGarry, who started filming as a first-year resident in L.A. County Hospital’s famous emergency room called “C-Booth”.  In addition to the 80-plus hour weeks he was putting in as a resident, McGarry was able to capture astonishing footage of the chaos of C-Booth and a narrative […]

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Cosmic Adventure and a Machine Gun Raccoon. Does Marvel Have You Hooked Yet?

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Jukebox heroes, stars in their eyes! That’s one song that never plays in Guardians of the Galaxy, but it might as well. In this age of the “jukebox musical”, it makes some sense to label this movie a “jukebox space adventure”. The term applies at least three ways, the first of which, being the most […]


Film Review: GET ON UP

James Brown Biopic Gets Down With Its Bad Self

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  The brand new James Brown biopic Get On Up is a mixed bag, both admirable and aggravating. It manages to wear out it’s welcome with only a few bad scenes. It’s both boring and totally engaging; inert while dancing up a storm. It’s impressive and exhausting; showing too much of the life of godfather […]


Film Review: I ORIGINS

See This Art House Embarrassment For What It Is

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Just last week, columnist Nathan Rabin requested a permanent moratorium on the popular phrase he coined, “manic pixie dream girl”. Originating in a humor response piece on the Cameron Crowe film Elizabethtown, the phrase refers to a particular type of female lead character, one whom only exists in male-centric tales. (Which most films are.) She […]


Film Review: HERCULES is Legendarily Boring

The Most Difficult Labour is Getting Through This Movie

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I’ve never liked Scooby-Doo.  It wasn’t just the poor animation and the inane laugh-track that I hated as a kid, but the very concept itself.  As a monster-obsessed child who shotgunned Godzilla marathons into my cerebral cortex, poured over those orange Crestwood monster books, and sought out every 1950’s atomic horror flick I could get […]


Film Review: LUCY Has Got Some ‘Splainin’ to do

And it's Incomprehensible Jibber-Jabber

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Luc Besson is too talented and too accomplished of a visual stylist to make a truly awful movie.  In fact, his sure-handed direction is the only thing keeping Lucy from being a complete debacle.  This makes the film the very definition of a “mixed bag.”  And while it’s not exactly a complete failure, it comes […]


Film Review: And So it Goes

Michael Douglass continues his geriatric resurgence...

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Once Rob Reiner had us laughing as Spinal Tap was turning up their amps to 11.  He had us cheering when Tom Cruise stood up to Col. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) when he was told that “he couldn’t handle the truth”.  He redefined the romantic comedy with When Harry Met Sally, with one line: “I’ll have […]

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Film Review: VENUS IN FUR

Polanski Takes on Centuries-Old Provocations

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  Roman Polanski, at age 80, has made a lot of movies in his distinguished directorial career. Although he’s regarded as a noteworthy auteur, a filmmaker with favored themes and tropes, it’s interesting to note that his most distinguished mark is within the horror genre. And while his go-to masterpiece, Chinatown, may not be a […]


Film Review: The Purge: Anarchy

A film that was supposed to have purged the last Purge film is another film you'll want to Purge

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Last year we were introduced to America in 2022.  Having escaped a horrendous economic collapse, the American people have elected a new group of leaders who brought about a new country.  Referred to as the “New Founding Fathers”, this group instituted a yearly event called The Purge where people were allowed to commit all manner […]


Film Review: Boyhood

Richard Linklater's 12 year project is a love letter to Texas and the difficulty of growing up

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One of my favorite trilogies is Richard Linklater’s “Before” Trilogy featuring the films Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and last year’s Before Midnight.  Before Sunrise came out in 1995 and ended with an obscure ending that left the outcome in doubt, perfectly fitting the conversation Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy had while walking around Vienna.  9 […]