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Movies to See Right Now

This weekend, I’m going to try to catch The Florida Project and Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House. Of the movies that I HAVE seen, I like the often funny and stealthily profound Lucky, starring … Continue reading

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DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME: eat your broccoli

When there’s a movie that is supposed to be good for you, but you really don’t enjoy it, I call it an “eat your broccoli” movie, and the documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time is an example. An estimated 75% of … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream: Woody Harrelson’s overlooked gems

Woody Harrelson has come a long way from his cheerfully amiable dunderhead bartender in Cheers.  As an actor, Woody swings for the fences and is attracted to larger than life roles.  He’s also famous/notorious as an off-screen provocateur. And Woody … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

The new PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War, is one of the best documentaries of the century and a superb history lesson, crucial to understand the America of today. It’s a Must See for Baby … Continue reading

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THE UNKNOWN: even geniuses have an off-day

The Belgian writer-director brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardennes are among my very favorite filmmakers.  Their movies about everyday people in gritty industrial Belgium have been startlingly authentic and emotionally  gripping.  However, their latest, The Unknown Girl, is a bit of … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: SHORT TERM 12 – compelling and affecting, in the world of foster kids

The compelling and affecting Short Term 12 is set in a foster care facility unit named Short Term 12; since the kids can live there for years, it seems pretty long-term to me. These are kids who have suffered abuse … Continue reading

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THE VIETNAM WAR: must see for everyone (and available through Sunday)

The new PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War, is one of the best documentaries of the century and a superb history lesson, crucial to understand the America of today.  It’s a Must See for Baby … Continue reading

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The films of Taylor Sheridan

The actor Taylor Sheridan has written three recent films, and he has emerged as one of America’s most important filmmakers.  The three movies are Sicario, Hell or High Water and Wind River (which is his directorial debut – I’m not … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

The often funny and stealthily profound Lucky opens this weekend in the Bay Area. Here’s my remembrance of its star, Harry Dean Stanton.  Other choices: A Must See: the contemporary Western thriller Wind River, which has mystery, explosive action, wild … Continue reading

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It’s here: the 40th Mill Valley Film Festival

The Mill Valley Film Festival always showcases many of the most promising prestige films that are scheduled for release during Award Season. It’s the best opportunity for Bay Area film goers to catch an early look at the Big Movies. … Continue reading

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